Theme: The Future of African Bee
- The status and future prospects of honey bee production in Africa
- Access to markets of honeybee and hives products
- Mapping bee diseases and bee disease risks in Africa
- The pollination industry in Africa: status, challenges and options for Enhancement
- Impact of environmental stressors on bees
1st to 3rd September 2015
Cairo/Sharm el-Sheikh, EGYPT
The African Union through its technical arm (AU-IBAR) with a mandate to support and coordinate the utilization of animals as a resource for human wellbeing in the Members State of the African Union is organizing a symposium on the future of the African bee. The symposium will bring together experts from and outside the continent to share experiences on honey bee breeding, genetics and physiology, honey bee diseases and pests, impacts of environmental stressors on bees, conservation, ecosystems services, and bee policy.
Conference languages: English and French.
Call for Abstracts: AU-IBAR invites abstracts for oral presentation of original work on any of the above themes.
Abstracts should be received no later than 30 May 2015. Once abstracts have been accepted, full papers will be requested, and these should be received no later than 30 July 2015. Abstracts should be in French and English.
AU-IBAR will sponsor the participation of one representative from each AU MS (Chief Veterinary Offi cer or person responsible for beekeeping) and that of the authors of the selected papers (around 40).
The registration form (Microsoft Word file) is available for download from the AU-IBAR website.
The fee for the conference package is USD150. Payment should be made to the AU-IBAR Conference account (Contact Organizer for details).
The poster presentation is open to participants. Abstracts for poster presentations must be prepared and submitted as the abstracts for oral presentation.The posters should be A0 size (841 mm wide by 1189 mm tall).The organizing committee will prepare facilities to display posters.
European Union; icipe; OIE; FAO; EISMV
Kenindia Business Park, Museum Hills, Weslands Road P.O Box 30786-00100 Nairobi
Tel.: +254 (20) 3674 000 or +254 (20) 3674 224 or +254 (20) 3674 229
Fax: +254 (20) 3674341/2
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The fifth meeting of PANSPSO Steering Committee (PSC) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 26th February 2015. It was preceded on 25th February by the technical meeting of implementing partners.
It was attended by the Steering Committee Members and other participants.
The meeting was officially opened by H.E. Madam Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, The Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. In attendance were Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR; Dr. J. Mezui M'Ella the Director AU-IAPSC; representatives of EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD and UMA; representative of EU Delegation to Kenya, and OIE.
The PSC meeting deliberated on the following key issues:
- Matters arising and reports on follow-up of the 4th SCM held in Nairobi, Kenya, 6th February 2014.
- PANSPSO Technical and Financial Annual reports 2014 by AU-IBAR and the exit strategy of the project at regional and continental levels.
The PSC endorsed the following:
- The progress on the implementation of the recommendations of PSC 4
- The annual technical and financial report 2014 by AU-IBAR
- The development of an exit strategy at regional and continental levels
The PSC recommended necessary actions for effective implementation of the planned activities of the project and for ensuring functional linkages. It also consolidated the modalities for implementing project activities. The Committee gently requested the EU Delegation to transfer the remaining funds for 2015 on time to ensure timely implementation of activities.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 2015 at a venue and dates to be agreed upon.
Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) for food and agriculture are essential for food security and contribute significantly to the livelihoods of millions of people in Africa. The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources" aims at strengthening the capacity of African Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to sustainably utilize and conserve African animal genetic resources through institutionalizing national and regional policy, legal and technical instruments that are crucial for judicious exploitation of AnGR in Africa.
The key result areas of the project are:
- Establishment of the status and trends of animal genetic resources in Africa.
- Development of Policy frameworks for the sustainable use of AnGR.
- Supporting and strengthening national and regional conservation and improvement strategies and initiatives
- Increasing knowledge, attitude and practice of the contribution of livestock and livestock sector to economic growth, food security and poverty reduction.
Referring to the last key result, AU-IBAR would like to commemorate the importance of animal genetic resources in Africa through the publication of a Special December 2015 Edition of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA). The BAHPA of AU-IBAR is a scientific journal which publishes articles on research relevant to animal health and production including wildlife and fisheries contributing to the human wellbeing, food security, poverty alleviation and sustainable development in Africa. The Bulletin disseminates technical recommendations on animal health and production to stakeholders, including policy makers, researchers and scientists. The Bulletin is the African voice on animal resources issues specific to Africa.