Policy Analysis and Research

Media meeting with the pastoralist community in Nakapelimoru sub county in Kotido district during the Learning Route for Journalists on Pastoralism organised by COPACSO with funding support from Oxfam
Rangeland Management and Pastoralism Policy 

COPACSO has been actively involved in the process of the formulation of the draft Rangeland Management and Pastoralism Policy. In 2006, the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) embarked on the process of developing the National Rangeland Management Policy (NRMP). A draft report was finalised but the process stalled in 2007 due to lack of funds. In 2010, the Government with funding from the UNDP resumed the process of finalizing the NRMP. 

COPACSO has carried out technical reviews of the draft National Rangeland Management Policy, been adopted by the taskforce and COPACSO was admitted as a member of that national taskforce.  It has further carried out district level consultations in selected districts in the cattle corridor especially those left out during the initial consultation process carried out by MAAIF. The purpose of the consultation was to ensure the inclusion of the pastoralistsí» views in the draft policy. Consultations were carried out in Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto in the Karamoja region; then Apac, Buliisa and Kiboga in the rest of the cattle corridor. The outcome of the consultation process was presented to MAAIF. 

The policy is yet to be finalised and COPACSO will continue collaborating with MAAIF in the finalisation of the formulation of the draft Rangeland Management and Pastoralism Policy now renamed the draft Rangeland Management and Pastoralism Policy. 

Uganda Pastoral Code

COPACSO also conducted a technical  review the Uganda Pastoral Code 2007.  It was carried out to develop advocacy messages and to make policy recommendations to inform the work of COPACSO and members of the National Task Force during the finalization process of the Uganda Rangelands and Pastoralism Policy.

Draft EAC Livestock Policy

The EAC Livestock Policy is under formulation by the East African Community and COPACSO provided its input in the validation of the draft policy.
The EAC Livestock Policy is intended to guide the overall development and coordination of the livestock sector in the region. This policy will therefore restructure the livestock sector to improve its contribution to the regional GDPs. The draft livestock policy  aims  at forming a basis for growth of the livestock sector and promoting increased safe production and productivity, prevention and control of diseases, promoting  market access, enhancing livestock trade,  improving the nutritional base of animals in the region, enhancing and promoting good animal production practices including management of farm animals genetic resources and other associated livestock sector requirements like availability of water and  marketing infrastructure. 

The draft policy was reviewed to ensure that all the critical livestock policy issues are in cooperated and ensure capturing of the national level inputs and key policy concerns of the region like pro poor aspects and economic growth issues. The validation resulted into a 3rd draft EAC Livestock Policy to be presented to the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Food Security.

AU Pastoralism Policy Framework

COPACSO took part in the AU Pastoralism Policy Implementation Framework Stakeholders Meeting organised by the Commission in October 2012.   The Goal of the workshop was to provide a clearer understanding of the proposed Pastoralist Policy Implementation framework and articulate mechanism for stakeholder participation and validate the Draft Institutional and Resource Mobilization Strategy Frameworks. The workshop objectives were to validate the policy framework implementation process action plan (activities and indicators)and  share experiences and expectations of the stakeholders roles in the implementation process.

The workshop validated the policy framework implementation action plan and endorsed the institutional and Resource Mobilization Strategy Frameworks. It further clarified the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders in the pastoralism policy framework implementation process.

COPACSO Secretariat

Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations(COPACSO)
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P.O Box 26990 Kampala Uganda
Tel: +256-414-697-137
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