AU-IBAR recently led multi-stakeholder efforts to formulate the livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS). These two key continental frameworks will be instrumental in guiding and rationalizing efforts and resources toward the development of animal resources on the continent.
Considering the paramount role of legislators in the process of policies formulation and approval, and in the enactment of legislation related to animal resources, AU-IBAR, through the reinforcing of veterinary governance (VET-GOV) programme seeks to foster partnership with the Pan African Parliamentarians (PAP), by providing them with information on animal resources policies and legislation development process and progress at national, regional and continental levels in order to solicit and secure their full support in this area.
In this regard a high level seminar was held in Nairobi at AU-IBAR premises from 5th -6th November 2015 for engagement and creation of awareness amongst the members of Pan African Parliamentarians on the Livestock development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA), the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS), the Reinforcing veterinary governance in Africa (VET-GOV) Programme and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) Activities with the view to establish a plan of action and roadmap for the members of PAP at national, regional and continental levels on the LiDeSA, PFRS, VET-GOV and SPS.
Countries in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA), with support from AU-IBAR, ICPALD, USAID and EU, are undertaking measures to enhance prevention and control of animal diseases. The intention is guarantee disease free livestock exports to the Middle East and North Africa.
DUBAI (23rd November 2015)- With increased recognition of the importance of market oriented livestock production, especially in GHoA pastoral areas , livestock stakeholders from the GHoA and the Middle East are meeting this week to agree on modalities for sustaining and enhancing safe trade in livestock commodities between the two regions. The modalities aim at preventing livestock trade disruptions occasioned by import bans by Middle East Countries as previously experienced during outbreaks of transboundary animal diseases (TADs), especially Rift Valley Fever (RVF). Previous livestock import bans by Middle East countries resulted in informal live animal trade. This posed major health risks to human and animal populations in the importing countries. Hence, the modalities will also explore joint management approaches to counter factors that would lead to trade bans.
TADs, some of which have a public health impact, such as Rift Valley Fever (RVF), are a major challenge to livestock production, marketing and trade. They also decrease resilience of vulnerable households especially women and youth in arid and semi-arid lands of GHoA.
The forum is jointly organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID, Kenya and East Africa) through the Standard Methods and Procedures Project (SMP-AH) and the European Union (EU) through the Enhancing Somali Livestock trade (ESOLT).
The conference was officially opened by Madame Majd Al-Herbawi, Director Animal Health and Development, Ministry of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates. She informed the participants that the UAE is a regional hub of livestock trade and her Ministry was therefore keen on updating animal health measures to stabilise the trade. She informed the meeting that her government had adopted a number of measures such as the ‘National Agenda for Animal Health’ and hoped that the recommendations of the meeting would contribute towards the achievement of the objects of the agenda.
The need for increased investment in the livestock sector has been recognised at the highest levels of governments in Africa through the Maputo/Sirte Declaration of 2003/2004. This has been further strengthened through the Malabo Declaration, which was tendered to realize African Union’s vision of “Accelerated Africa Agriculture Growth and Transformation” as stated in Agenda 2063.
Following these milestones, AU-IBAR developed the “Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA)”, which is believed to be instrumental to transform the livestock sector by harnessing its underutilized potential.
The reinforcing veterinary governance (VET-GOV) Programme attaches a significant importance to evidence-based advocacy by ascribing it as one of the key areas of focus. According to VET-GOV technical document, the purpose of the advocacy work is to facilitate the core tasks through catalyzing dialogues on the significance of progressive policy frameworks, and sustainable and adequate investment for the sector.
The VET-GOV Programme developed a Communication and Advocacy Strategy, for the delivery of a series of forums, which allows regional and national policy makers discuss about and forge consensus on livestock policy reforms and investment issues.