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Levels of advancement

III­2 Consultation stakeholders

with

1.

The VS have no mechanisms for consultation with

The capability of the VS to consult effectively with stakeholders on VS activities and programmes, and on developments in animal health and food safety. .

stakeholders.

2.

The VS maintain informal channels of consultation with

stakeholders.

3.

The VS maintain a formal consultation mechanism with

stakeholders.

4.

The VS regularly hold workshops and meetings with

stakeholders.

5.

The VS actively consult with and solicit feedback from

stakeholders regarding proposed and current activities and programmes, developments in animal health and food safety, interventions at the OIE (Codex Alimentarius Commission and WTO SPS Committee where applicable), and ways to improve

their activities.

Results Strengths : There are established formal meetings with MBN and NAU for active consultation with stakeholders Weaknesses : There are no apparent mechanisms for active consultation with stakeholders from the communal system Most consultations are with the farmer organizations south of the VCF and related to export interests. Supporting documentation (documents or photos): MEATCO News, Volume 29, Number 14, July 2008 Namibian Meat Sense the taste Namibia Agricultural Union The mouthpiece of organised agriculture in Namibia Role and Functions of the Meat Board of Namibia Tracking Down From Assured Namibian Meat Introducing Namibia´s red meat industry Detailed findings during visit: Meat Board of Namibia (MBN): The MBN is a semiprivate organization made up of 13 executive members, including representatives from government, abattoirs and producers (9 from the private sector and 4 from government). Their mission is to effectively and efficiently manage, promote and represent the interests of the meat industry in Namibia. They represent a dynamic partnership between the Namibian meat industry and their customers. The MBN manages the Farm Assured Namibian Meat Scheme and keeps the database of animal movements, exports and slaughtering. It also provides export inspection and classification services. They meet regularly and have various committees dealing with farmers and Veterinary Services. There is a close dialogue between the MBN and the VS. The VS office managing the traceability system is cohoused with the MBN.

Namibia Agriculture Union (NAU):

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