Congratulations to USAID’s partner the Aged and Children Pastoralists Association (ACPA) for being recognized as the best development partner for pastoralists during ther last year at the 16th annual Pastoralists Day held in Jigjiga on January 25th. The award was for their excellent work helping pastoralists in the Somali region during the last year. In the photo, His Excellency, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn is awarding the trophy for best development partner in the pastoralist sector to Ali Ahmed Abdi, the Executive Director of ACPA. This is the second time ACPA has been recognized with this honor. (the first time was in 2015 for their work in Semera of Afar region).
USAID supports ACPA to improve the productivity and competitiveness of the camel milk value chain sector in Fafen and the Siti zone of the Somali Regional State. The main aim of the intervention is to improve incomes and enhance the nutritional status of targeted households by helping them to organize into cooperatives for the production and sale of milk, training them on better camel husbandry and management, forage production and feeding, milk hygiene and sanitation and how to create better market linkages all in an effort to improve their productivity and the competitiveness of producers and women pastoralists. So far, the activity established or strengthened 19 milk cooperatives benefiting 10,838 members.