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AU - IBAR Provides Support for African Union Member States to Develop and Validate their National Strategies and 5 Year Action Plans for the Control and Eradication of Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR)

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© 2018 AU-IBAR. Group Photo of participants of the write shop to develop national PPR control and eradication strategies and  5 - year action plans that was held at Naivasha, Kenya from 4th - 7th April 2018.© 2018 AU-IBAR. Group Photo of participants of the write shop to develop national PPR control and eradication strategies and 5 - year action plans that was held at Naivasha, Kenya from 4th - 7th April 2018.The African Union - Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in line with its mandate and in continuation of the effort started in 2017 to prevent, control and eradicate PPR from the African continent, organized a 4-day write-shop for 16 African Union Member States (AU-MS) to develop their national PPR strategies and 5 year action plans. The write shop was held in Naivasha, Kenya from 04th to 07th April 2018.

In 2017, 21 countries and two Regional Economic Communities (RECs) were supported technically and financially to develop and validate their national PPR strategies and 5 year action plans that were aligned to the global PPR-Global Control and Eradication Strategy (PPR-GCES) and the Pan African Strategy for the Control and Eradication of Peste des Petits Ruminants.

In order to ensure a coordinated and harmonized approach to the control and eradication of PPR in Africa, the objective of the write-shop was to provide support to the remaining 24 African countries to develop and validate their National PPR control and Eradication Strategies and 5 year action plans.

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AU-IBAR Convenes Technical Meeting on Draft OIE Animal and Aquatic Health Standards, 17th to 19th January 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

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© 2018 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Convenes Technical Meeting on Draft OIE Animal and Aquatic Health Standards, 17th to 19th January 2018, Nairobi, Kenya.© 2018 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Convenes Technical Meeting on Draft OIE Animal and Aquatic Health Standards, 17th to 19th January 2018, Nairobi, Kenya.An Animal Health Technical Meeting was held from 17th-19th January 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was attended by Animal Health Experts from Cote D’Ivoire, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and AU-IBAR.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw (Chief Animal Health Officer) on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed El-Sawalhy.

The objective of the meeting were to:

  • Review reports of scientific, ad hoc and code commissions and in particular proposed changes to the codes which will be submitted to the OIE’s Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission and the Aquatic Animal Health Standards Commission meetings in February 2018 in order to:
    • Identify areas of high priority and common interest for Africa
    • Analyse rationale, justification, consequences and impact (technical, institutional, legal, commercial) of proposed amendments to the Codes
    • Propose common written comments and position for the African continent on these proposed amendments
  • Endorse a global approach to strengthen African common position and improve participation all along the OIE standard setting process.
  • Harmonize processes of consultation on OIE standards at national level, including ways of involving the private sector.
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AU-IBAR and AAIN organizes an Expert Meeting on Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Agribusiness

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© 2018 AU-IBAR. Experts Meetings on the Establishments  and Operationalization of the Network of African Youth in Livestock and Fisheries Incubation 5th-6th February 2018, Dakar, Senegal.© 2018 AU-IBAR. Experts Meetings on the Establishments and Operationalization of the Network of African Youth in Livestock and Fisheries Incubation 5th-6th February 2018, Dakar, Senegal.The African Union's InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) held an Expert meeting on Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Agribusiness from 5th to 6th February 2018 in Le Ndiambour Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.

The meeting was part of AU-IBAR’s strategic programme aimed at unleashing the capacity of Africa's young women and men to effectively participate in the modernization of Africa’s agricultural sector for improved food security, economic development and poverty reduction through engagement in viable livestock, fisheries and aquaculture agribusinesses. Recognizing that Africa has the youngest population in the world, AU-IBAR’s philosophy remains that the youth present a unique force for driving Africa’s agricultural transformation by harnessing the potentials in animal resources (livestock, fisheries and wildlife). In this regard, AU-IBAR and the African Agricultural Incubators Network (AAIN) are partnering to deploy agribusiness solutions through youth-led livestock, fisheries and aquaculture business startups and incubators.

The meeting was opened by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw, Chief Animal Health Officer at AU-IBAR and attended by youth from Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda as well as facilitators from AAIN.
The Overall objective of the meeting was to support the youth to discuss a continental investment programme for supporting young people to engage in enterprising livestock, fisheries and aquaculture value chains. Prior to this February 2018 meeting, AU-IBAR through the EU-funded Veterinary Governance Programme had organized in collaboration with AAIN, a Youth in livestock agribusiness conference in Dakar, in September 2017. One of the main outcomes of the September 2017 conference was the formation of the African Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Agribusiness Incubation Forum and the election of Executives for the Forum.

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Codex Alimentarius Colloquium between Codex Africa (CCAFRICA) Delegates and US Delegates, Nairobi, Kenya from 14th to 16th February 2018

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© 2018 AU-IBAR. Codex Alimentarius Colloquium between Codex Africa (CCAFRICA) Delegates and US Delegates, Nairobi, Kenya from 14th to 16th February 2018.© 2018 AU-IBAR. Codex Alimentarius Colloquium between Codex Africa (CCAFRICA) Delegates and US Delegates, Nairobi, Kenya from 14th to 16th February 2018.A Codex Alimentarius Colloquium was held for Codex Delegates from Africa and Codex Delegates from the United States of America, from 14th to 16th February 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting was convened jointly by the African Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources, the U.S. Codex Office, Foreign Agricultural Services of the United States Department of Agriculture, and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

The meeting was opened by Dr. Andrew K. Tuimur, Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary for Livestock at the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. There were also statements from Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy (Director, AU-IBAR), Ms. Mary Frances Lowe (U.S. Codex Manager), Dr. Francis Nang'ayo (Senior Manager for Regulatory Affairs at AATF), and Dr. Maritim Kimutai (Chairperson for CCAFRICA).

The overall objective of the meeting was to exchange views and share experiences between African Codex Delegates who are members of the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) and U.S. Codex Delegates on draft Codex standards to be discussed by the upcoming meetings of the following Codex committees:

  • 12th Session of the Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF), 12th to 16th March 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 50th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA), 26th to 30th March 2018, Xiamen, Peoples Republic of China.
  • 24th Session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF), 23rd to 27th April 2018, Chicago, United States of America.
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Communiqué - Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) Project Closeout Meeting

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© 2018 AU-IBAR. Participants of the STSD closeout meeting;12th Jan 2018.© 2018 AU-IBAR. Participants of the STSD closeout meeting;12th Jan 2018.A closeout meeting of the Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in the IGAD Members (STSD) Project, an EU funded project, was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD on 12th January 2018 at Travellers Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. A total of 24 participants from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda attended the meeting as well as technical staffs from AU-IBAR, IGAD/ICPALD, AU-PANVAC and FAO.

Rationale and objectives

The overall objective was to bring together all the STSD beneficiary countries to share experience, lessons learned, best practices, Challenges, opportunities and gaps on project implementation, as well as share thoughts on the way forward and recommendations for countries to sustain achievements/benefits realized through the project.

The meeting is also intended to provide an opportunity to strengthen coordination, networking and information sharing among all the IGAD Members States participating in the project. Thus, it is expected to present an opportunity to share ideas and make commitments on important issues related to national and regional coordination mechanisms and networks, common cross-border strategies, joint program/activities, collaboration between livestock key stakeholders, as well as communication sectors at national and supranational levels. Important lessons learned and interventions introduced to mitigate gaps will be shared and their -sustainability discussed.

These include especially the following:

  • National and Regional Coordination Mechanism including national and regional animal health networks.
  • Enhancement of Disease Surveillance, especially harmonization of surveillance systems, information sharing and the Risk Based approach to disease surveillance.
  • Enhancement of Livestock identification and traceability systems (LITS) at national and regional levels.
  • The sustainable capacity building of Africa's animal/human health systems.
  • Discussion on the "STSD and SMP-AH idea" and the way forward with the aim objective of developing a new program to further develop the capacity of National Animal Diseases Surveillance Systems (NADSS) in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) Beyond 2018.