A joint ceremony was held on Friday 22nd September 2017 between AU-IBAR and the IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (IGAD-ICPALD) for the formal hand-over of a new Toyota Hiace 14 seater minibus purchased under the EU-funded project for "Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in the IGAD Member States" (STSD Project). Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, the Director of AUIBAR and Dr. Solomon Munyua, the Director of IGAD-ICPALD presided over the ceremony.
The STSD project is funded through the EU Djibouti Delegation and is jointly implemented by AU-IBAR, IGAD-ICPALD and the IGAD Member States in collaboration with other technical partners.
The STSD Project and the recently concluded USAID funded project for Standard Methods and procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH), were designed to support measures to reduce the impacts of Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) and zoonoses on livestock trade in the Greater Horn of Africa.
Over the last four years, the two projects have played complimentary roles that have greatly enhanced the capacity of IGAD Member States for the surveillance, diagnosis and control as well as animal health certification for the key trade sensitive animal diseases in the region. The projects also improved the capacities of both AU-IBAR and IGAD-ICPALD for coordinating interventions at the regional level.
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'.
A meeting was held in Entebbe, Uganda on 27th-28th June 2017 on Livestock Socio-economics and Policy Network (LSPNet) by AU-IBAR and FAO. LSPNet was established in 2013 to address the inadequate policies and unsound investment in animal health and livestock in general.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss the findings of the status of the four key ingredients supporting evidence-based policymaking and chart the way forward to address the gaps; Share information on livestock policy related projects in Africa and outputs from the projects and explore targeted roles that the LSPNet can undertake to further interventions in support of (i) gaps identified from the policy capacity studies (ii) current global animal health concerns.
Presentations on "Current status of livestock development in Africa, challenges and policy implications" and on "Livestock Policy landscape in Africa" were made by Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, who heads the economics, trade and marketing unit of AU-IBAR. Dr Anne Kigezo (Programme Officer – AU-IBAR) made a presentation on "VET-GOV successful livestock policy formulation case studies, LIDESA and its implication for livestock policies in Africa" Key outcomes of the workshop were the need to maintain the LSPNET and to find ways of integrating livestock economics in veterinary curriculum for training institution in Africa.
During the Continental Meeting on Veterinary Education held in Dakar on 5th - 7th July 2017, a workshop was also held on 'Sensitizing Youth in Agribusiness on Veterinary Policies and Legislations for Market Development.' The workshop was a joint collaborative effort between AU-IBAR and the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN). 25 young entrepreneurs from East and West Africa attended the workshop.
The participants were drawn from a wide spectrum of livestock and fisheries value chains, including ICT actors in the sector. The training was conducted by Dr Mphumuzi Sukati (Senior Policy Officer:Economics, Trade and Marketing) and Mr John Oppong-Otoo (Food Safety Officer) from AU-IBAR; and Mr Peter Kuria Githinji and Dr Alex Ariho (CEO) from AAIN. A key gap was noted in that most of the youth did know about SPS Standards and how Veterinary Policies and Legislations impact on their agribusinesses. In this regard, there was a need to set up an ‘African Youth Business Incubation Forum for Livestock and Fisheries Value Chains’ that will, among other things (i) Provide targeted training and awareness creation on animal health and food safety standards (ii) Provide a continental Community of Practice (CoP) for sharing information on market information, veterinary and food safety standards applicable to livestock and fisheries sectors and (iii) Build market-led technical capacities and upscale of ICTs and innovations to enhance youths in livestock and fisheries value chains. Participants were given certificate of participation by the Minister of Livestock and Animal Production of Senegal, H.E Aminata Mbengue Ndiaye; and the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed Elsawalhy. The workshop was supported by Vet Gov Programme funded by the EU.
The African Union - European Union Agriculture Ministers Conference
2 July 2017, Rome, Italy
2017 is a defining year for strengthening the partnership between Europe and Africa. The 5th Africa-EU Summit in November 2017 is a key opportunity to give a new impetus to this partnership. Profound economic and societal transformational changes are taking place in Africa. The demographic growth is extraordinary: according to United Nations projections, Africa’s population is expected to double by 2050, from 1.2 billion people to 2.4 billion of predominantly young people. The International Monetary Fund estimates that the continent needs to create 18 million new jobs each year up to 2035, to absorb new labour market entrants, compared to the 3 million jobs per year currently created in the formal economy.
Challenges such as poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition could very well be exacerbated by this population growth. Nevertheless, over the past two decades, Africa demonstrated impressive economic progress and positive transformations, providing new and unique opportunities, such as growing and increasingly integrated markets, a dynamic SMEs sector, natural resources and fertile soil. It is in within the context of improving rural livelihoods for Africa’s young populations that the AU Malabo Declaration, in its commitment to halving poverty on the continent by 2015, resolved to ensure inclusive Agricultural Growth and Transformation on the continent and to this end, recommitted to create job opportunities for at least 30% of the youth in agricultural value chains.
The EU is also at the crossroads: discussing its own future direction but also the future of its relations with the Countries of Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific after the expiry of the Cotonou Agreement in 2020. The EU is Africa's closest neighbour, first foreign investor, first trading partner – offering free access to the EU market via Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), Free Trade Agreements and the “Everything but Arms initiative”, first partner in development and principal source of remittances. On the other hand, the African governments are progressively negotiating the Continental Free Trade Area aimed at boosting intra-Africa trade. Moreover, Africa’s demographic trends and the increasing mobility and migration add a new dimension to the need for a common agenda to promote sustainable economic development in Africa, in order to create the jobs that the continent needs and to make the most of the opportunities it offers.
Responsible investments in rural areas and the agricultural economy, value chains and integrated markets, accompanied by a better focus on research and innovation and the sustainable management of natural resources, with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and digitalisation as important enablers, have a key role in fostering economic growth, job creation and development in African countries. Agriculture plays a substantial role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in any sustainable future as it is intrinsically linked to issues such as jobs, food, air, climate change, water, soil and biodiversity. The vision for agriculture-led economic growth and prosperity is consistent with the AU’s Agenda 2063’s first Aspiration of “A prosperous Africa, based on inclusive growth and sustainable development” as read in conjunction with the sixth Aspiration – “An Africa whose development is people driven, relying on the potential offered by its people, especially its women and youth and caring for children”. To this end, the proposed theme of the November AU-EU 5th Summit is befitting and paramount. Young people and women combine as a big segment of the demographic pie in Africa and empowering the youth and women with ‘agropreneurial’ skills and capital must be among this decade’s three-top most priorities.
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