AU IBAR held a training workshop in Dar Es Salaam for capacity building of the National Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee of the United Republic of Tanzania. The objectives of the workshop were:
- to improve the understanding of the participants on the standards setting procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
- to improve the understanding of participants on the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Mphumuzi Sukati (who was also representing the Director of AU IBAR), Mr. John Oppong-Otoo (Food Safety Officer, AU-IBAR) and Dr. Hiver Boussini (Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR). The trainees were members of the National SPS Committee and included participants from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Research and Academic Institutions, Organizations representing Industry Groups and Consumer Association. Fifty participants attended the training.
Under the framework of the implementation of the Project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources" the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) in collaboration with the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organized a workshop to convene the 4th General Assembly and the Steering Committee meeting of the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for the management of animal genetic resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa from 9th - 11th October, 2017, in Quatre Bornes, Mauritius. The project is being implemented with the support from the European Union and the African Union Commission. The project aims at facilitating and fast tracking the implementation of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for sustainable use of AnGR in Africa.
The meeting was attended by 34 participants representing SADC stakeholders involved in AnGR management, comprising mainly National Coordinators from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia; representatives of: COMESA, SADC, AU-IBAR, CCARDESA, ILRI, University of Stellenbosch, Tuli Cattle Breeders Society of Zimbabwe, Heifer International and Livestock Registrar and Studbook of Botswana and South Africa, respectively.
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Trade plays a major role in the fisheries and aquaculture sector as an employment creator, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development, and to food and nutrition security (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein). The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing two fisheries projects: Fisheries governance Project and the Fish trade Project.
The Fisheries Governance Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa" currently implemented by AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), targets at enhancing the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa by improving institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa.
The specific objective of the project is achieved through the following results areas:
- Result 1: Institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management improved.
- Result 2: Sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies enhanced.
- Result 3: Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development strengthened.
- Result 4: Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing and capacity for increased investments and fostering reforms in the fisheries sector enhanced.