Fisheries and aquaculture make critical contributions to economic activities in Africa especially in the areas of rural development, improved livelihood, employment (the vast majority of whom live in the rural areas, working in fish production); food security and nutrition (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein); and trade, (with a third of fishery commodity production in developing countries destined for export).
The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the Fisheries Governance Project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa” 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.
Promoting innovation, activism and improving knowledge transfer to end-users is considered an effective approach in implementing Result 4 for progressive integration of fisheries and aquaculture in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda and linkages for investment across Africa. To this effect AU-IBAR would like to commemorate the significance of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa through the publication of a Special December 2016 Edition of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA).
From 11th to 12th May 2016, the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) jointly with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organized the “Livestock Technical Committee (LTC) meeting on the establishment of the Regional gene bank and on the host Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for animal genetic resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa”.
The meeting held in Gaborone, Botswana brought together the members of the Livestock Technical Committee represented by the Directors of Veterinary Services and the Directors of Animal Production (from Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe), other stakeholders of the LTC (ILRI “International Livestock Research Institute”, OIE “World Animal Health Organization” and BVI “Botswana Vaccine Institute”); the Steering Committee members of the S-RFP for AnGR in Southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe) and its Secretariat CCARDESA (Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa), the Non-State actors (Heifer International) and AU-IBAR.
A follow up to the series of training courses to enhance the successful adoption of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) organized by the African Union over the last two years, AU-IBAR concluded a Five-day In-House Training Course to all it finance staff in a move to building staff capacity and enhancing performance. The training took place from the 2nd – 6th of May 2016 and was conducted by IAseminars.