Fisheries and aquaculture make critical contributions to economic activities in Africa especially in the areas of rural development, improved livelihood, employment (the vast majority of whom live in the rural areas, working in fish production); food security and nutrition (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein); and trade, (with a third of fishery commodity production in developing countries destined for export).
The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the Fisheries Governance Project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa” 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.
Promoting innovation, activism and improving knowledge transfer to end-users is considered an effective approach in implementing Result 4 for progressive integration of fisheries and aquaculture in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda and linkages for investment across Africa. To this effect AU-IBAR would like to commemorate the significance of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa through the publication of a Special December 2016 Edition of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA).
A follow up to the series of training courses to enhance the successful adoption of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) organized by the African Union over the last two years, AU-IBAR concluded a Five-day In-House Training Course to all it finance staff in a move to building staff capacity and enhancing performance. The training took place from the 2nd – 6th of May 2016 and was conducted by IAseminars.
The launching ceremony of the operationalization of the ECCAS Regional Animal Health Centre (ECCAS-RAHC) took place on April 14, 2016 at the Hotel "LA BAIE DES TORTUES", located at the Pangora Park. The facility is a landmark of the Pointe Denis Island, situated 20km off the Libreville coast.
The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Gabriel TCHANGO State Minister, Minister in charge of fisheries and livestock of Gabon, in the presence of H.E. Madame Clotilde NIZIGAMA, the Deputy Secretary General of ECCAS in charge of Program, Budget, Administration and Human Resources.
Representatives of the technical and strategic partners of ECCAS in the development of animal resources were also present. They were among others:
- Professor Ahmed ELSAWALHY, the Director of AU – IBAR,
- Mr. Dan RUGABIRA, Coordinator of the FAO Sub – Regional Bureau for Central Africa,
- Doctor Karim TOUNKARA the Regional Representative of OIE for Africa,
- Professor Toussaint BENGONE N’DONG, the Executive Secretary of CEBEVIRHA,
- Mr. Julius SINGOMA KAGAMBA of GALVmed
Livestock experts from the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) under the framework of the Standard methods and Procedures in Animal health Project (SMP-AH) have agreed, during their annual review and planning meeting, on high impact activities to control transboundary animal diseases (TADs) in cross-border areas in the GHoA. Cross-border areas within the GHoA support a large number of vulnerable livestock-keeping communities that normally experience a number of shocks, most importantly drought. Because of drought conditions, animals reared in such environments move across borders in search of pasture and water. Likewise, animals in such areas move for purposes of trade. This kind of movement for either pasture or trade facilitates spread of transboundary animal diseases. It is therefore important for communities in cross-border areas to collaborate, coordinate and harmonize diseases control.
The Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) Project activities will involve supporting communities to detect and report disease incidents to facilitate prompt and appropriate disease response such as vaccination campaigns in cross-border areas. The capacity of the veterinary services to undertake surveillance, disease control and information sharing will be enhanced. The overall aim is to enhance livestock productivity, trade, livelihoods and resilience of vulnerable groups found in cross-border areas.
A bilateral cross-border meeting was held in Naivasha, Kenya from 7th- 9th December 2015 with the aim of supporting harmonization and coordination of veterinary activities for control of trade related TADs in cross border areas along the Kenya-Tanzania border. The meeting brought together 53 participants from Kenya, Tanzania, East African Community (EAC) secretariat and African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). Participants consisted of senior members of the National Veterinary Departments, County governments and District Councils, Livestock keepers, representatives from Local NGO and State department of Foreign Affairs.
In his remarks, Dr Joseph Magona on behalf of the Director of AU – IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, noted that the bilateral cross-border meeting for Kenya and Tanzania was intended to operationalize action plans developed during previous regional cross-border meetings through developing a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries to allow countries work together in cross-border areas.
In his remarks, Dr Joseph Magona, on behalf of the Acting Director of IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), Dr Solomon Munyua, stated that there was need to recognize the fact people in cross-border areas along the Kenya-Tanzania border depended on livestock for their livelihood, a fact that justified two governments developing an agreement to help effective control of transboundary animal diseases that affect their livestock. He further encouraged sister nations to ensure sustained efforts and commitment in developing the bilateral agreement to completion and thereafter to cooperate fully with each other during its implementation. Finally, he requested the two sister nations to domesticate the MoU with legal language applicable.
In her remarks, Dr. Niwael Mtui-Malamsha, Acting Assistant Director for TADs & Zoosanitary Inspectorate services, the Head of Delegation from Tanzania, thanked AU – IBAR and ICPALD for their continued support to the countries through SMP – AH project.
- SMP-AH facilitates a vaccination campaign against FMD in Uganda
- Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management West and Central African Regions
- Workshop for the Establishment of a Network of Actors from West African Countries That Are Involved in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary and Food Safety (ECOWAS REGION)
- Passive Disease Reporting in Djibouti Strengthened Through Introduction of a Community-Based Disease Reporting