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.
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.
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.
AU IBAR held a training workshop in Dar Es Salaam for capacity building of the National Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Committee of the United Republic of Tanzania. The objectives of the workshop were:
- to improve the understanding of the participants on the standards setting procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
- to improve the understanding of participants on the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Mphumuzi Sukati (who was also representing the Director of AU IBAR), Mr. John Oppong-Otoo (Food Safety Officer, AU-IBAR) and Dr. Hiver Boussini (Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR). The trainees were members of the National SPS Committee and included participants from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Research and Academic Institutions, Organizations representing Industry Groups and Consumer Association. Fifty participants attended the training.
Call for Abstracts
Trade plays a major role in the fisheries and aquaculture sector as an employment creator, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development, and to food and nutrition security (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein).
The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing two fisheries projects: Fisheries governance Project and the Fish trade Project.
The Fisheries Governance Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa" currently implemented by AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), 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.
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