Addis Ababa, 24th July 2017-A 2-day meeting was convened by the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture through its specialized technical office, AU-IBAR to launch the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) and the endorsement of the Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA) at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters from 24th-25th July 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Seventy participants comprising Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) and representatives from Member States (MSs) namely Zimbabwe, Tunisia, DR Congo, Gambia, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Madagascar, Nigeria and Burkina Faso; Regional Economic Communities (RECs), IGAD, COMESA, ECCAS and ECOWAS; international organizations FAO and OIE, ILRI, Veterinary Education Establishments, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar School of Veterinary Medicine, Senegal ; animal welfare organizations: Brooke, World Horse Welfare, Donkey Sanctuary, World Animal Protection, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAWA), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture technical offices of AU-IBAR, AU-PANVAC and AU-PATTEC and a team of consultants attended the meeting.
The overall objective of the meeting was to launch the African Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) and endorse the Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA).
The specific objectives were:
- To adopt the Terms of Reference (TORs) and launch the APAW.
- To endorse the AWSA and 5-year Action Plan.
- To develop an annual work plan for APAW.
- To provide recommendations to countries and stakeholders on priority intervention areas with emphasis on the African context.
The African Union –Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) supported selected African Union member countries (AU-MSs) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the creation and development of a database for livestock farmer associations and livestock value chains. The broad objective of the initiative is to engage and support the national farmers organizations to better respond to the needs of their membership thereby enhancing their capacities to contribute meaningfully to policy development processes, improving their leadership and organizational management capacities and sustenance of good governance.
During a needs assessment workshop held from 10th–13th July at Mahe Island,Seychelles, representatives from 13 MSs and 3 RECs met to finalize the form and structure of the database as well as the data collection instruments including the data collection modules and forms. They also agreed on how the modules will continue to be populated and the activity sustained at the national and regional level. Participants also agreed on how the database will be managed and how information generated from the database can be shared to the general public.
On May 15th-19th and May 29th – June 2nd 2017, AU-IBAR, under the Vet. Gov Programme supported the development of the Lesotho and Zimbabwe Livestock Development Strategic Plans for 2018-2022, respectively. The drafting of the Livestock Development Strategic Plans was undertaken by the National Livestock Policy Hub Working group with the technical guidance of Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, Senior Policy Officer of Economics, Trade and Marketing Unit at AU-IBAR and Dr Peter G. Sinyangwe, VET-GOV Project Coordinator at SADC. The overall objective or focus for 2018-2022 Zimbabwe Livestock Development Strategy is 'Increasing the contribution of the livestock sector to inclusive income generations and food and nutrition security' while that of Lesotho is to 'Promote sustainable rural livelihoods especially amongst youth and women'.