The OIE has just concluded the last in a series of 6 project design mission, conducted in the framework of the World Bank funded PRAPS project, the Regional Project for Support to Pastoralism in the Sahel (Projet Régional d’Appui au Pastoralisme dans le Sahel).
The project covers 6 semi-arid to arid countries in West Africa, south of the Sahara, which livestock sector is characterised by important numbers of nomadic herdsmen: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal. This project proposal is a direct result of the Nouakchott Declaration, adopted by Heads of State and regional and international stakeholders in Mauritania’s capital in October 2013.
For the animal health component, the OIE has been requested to assist the World Bank in the design of action plans, in line with the PVS gap-analysis reports and approaches. The overall project will be coordinated by CILSS (Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel) with participation of the 6 countries, the African Union, ECOWAS, the OIE and FAO, amongst others.
Project implementation is expected to start in early 2016.