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Food sovereignty brief n°16: The Sahel Livestock Paradox: High Stakes, Low Support

The major livestock countries in the Sahel (such as Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso) offer little support to the livestock sector, both in proportion to the general State budget and compared to the support provided to crop farming. Analysts—at the World Bank, the FAO, in ranchers’ organisations and even the Ministries of Livestock themselves in these countries—are unanimous in this observation. This is surprising in these countries that are presented as being ‘top-of-the-class’ when it comes to fulfilling the Maputo commitments (the pledge by African States to devote 10% of their national budgets to agriculture, including livestock). It is above all surprising in ‘agropastoral countries’ for which animal value chains are seen by all as strategic, promising or a priority. Finally, one can wonder why countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) do not invest more heavily in these sensitive value chains that—depending on the policies adopted—could become either a cornerstone of regional integration or a serious bone of contention. This brief, produced in partnership with the APESS network, is based mainly on data collected in four countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

Read the brief in English: http://inter-reseaux.org/IMG/pdf/bds_no16_e_levage_eng_mis_en_page.pdf
Read the brief in French: http://inter-reseaux.org/IMG/pdf/bds_no16_elevage_0415.pdf

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