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Fisheries and Aquaculture Projects on the African Continent

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The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has noted that there are several projects and initiatives implemented on the continent contributing to the same ultimate goal. These different projects often cover the same geographical area and populations and frequently with the same actors. This situation makes difficult the visibility of the projects impacts and their real contribution has the sought-after common objective, the one of the sustainable management of the fisheries resources to reinforce their contribution to the food security and the economic growth in Africa.

To improve the consistency and the complementarity of the actions, AU-IBAR has embarked in the development of a metadatabase of fisheries and aquaculture projects on the continent. This database will provide information on what is been done where and by who and could be used for lessons learnt and information sharing that could lead into identification of areas that are not addressed and also reduce duplication for efficient use of resources. It’s in this frame that a request was sent to Director of fisheries and aquaculture of the African Union Member States, Development Partners, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, Non State Actors Organisation, etc.

We present here the preliminary results from this exercise and AU-IBAR would like sincerely thank you for your efforts and continuous support in achieving its mandate.

The questionnaire is available and can be sent to you if requested by:
Ms Hellen Moepi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and
Mr Joseph Mbane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Projets sur les Pêches et Aquaculture sur le Continent Africain

Le Bureau Africain pour les Ressources Animales (UA-BIRA) a noté qu'il y a plusieurs projets et initiatives mise en œuvre sur le continent contribuant au même but ultime. Ces différents projets couvrent souvent la même région géographique et populations et fréquemment avec les mêmes acteurs. Cette situation rend difficile la visibilité des impacts de ces projets et leur contribution réelle a l’objectif commun recherché, celui de la gestion durable des ressources halieutiques pour renforcer leur contribution à la sécurité alimentaire et la croissance économique en Afrique.

Pour améliorer la cohérence et la complémentarité des actions des projets, l’UA-BIRA a lancé le développement d'une base de métadonnées des projets de pêches et de l'aquaculture sur le continent. Cette base de données fournira des informations sur ce qui a été fait où et par qui et pourrait être utilisée pour des leçons apprises et partage d’information qui pourrait guider l'identification des domaines qui ne sont pas abordées et également de réduire la duplication pour une utilisation efficace des ressources. C’est dans ce cadre qu’une requête a été envoyée au Directeur des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture des États Membres de l’Union Africaine, Partenaires au développement, Communautés Économiques Régionales, Organisations Régionales des Pêches, Organisations Régionales de Gestion des Pêches, Organisations des Acteurs Non-Étatiques, etc.

Nous présentons ici les premiers résultats issus de cet exercice et l’UA-BIRA aimerait sincèrement vous remercier pour vos efforts et soutien continu dans l’accomplissement de son mandat.

Le questionnaire est disponible et peut vous être envoyé par :
Mlle Hellen Moepi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. et
M. Joseph Mbane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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1st CCAFRICA-AU/IBAR African Experts Group Meeting on Fish and Fishery Products in Preparation for the 34th Session of the Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products (CCFFP)

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Towards Formulating Common African Position 

© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the Expert meeting to review reports on Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products and Fruits and Vegetables, 14-16 September 2015; Nairobi, Kenya.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the Expert meeting to review reports on Codex Committee on Fish and Fishery Products and Fruits and Vegetables, 14-16 September 2015; Nairobi, Kenya.Globalization, mainly driven by international trade, has made food to be traded internationally in a reasonably short time through complex production and distribution networks. Although international trade in food has to an extent made some food cheaper, consumers have increasingly become more vulnerable to food safety hazards. Countries demand that food produced, marketed and consumed conforms to set standards in order to protect their citizens (consumer protection). However, such standards can become barriers to production and trade for several commodities where production systems and markets differ between countries. Despite this, food safety is important. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, established by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) in 1963 developed harmonized international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade.

Fish trade benefits African countries through generating revenues, creating job opportunities and enhancing food security. The scale and value of these benefits depends on post-harvest handling and value-addition to products. Food safety and quality standards are important aspects that affect the volume and value of fish products accessible to regional and international markets. Coherent continental positions validated by scientific evidences will enable Africa ensure appropriate standards are set to facilitate the continent’s fish and fishery products have access to markets.

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AU-IBAR Improved Capacity of Personnel from IGAD Region on Laboratory Diagnostic Techniques

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants.Laboratory technicians from the eight IGAD Member States have received training on laboratory methods and techniques for the diagnosis of the major trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs) in the IGAD Region.

In the training programme, organised by AU-IBAR under the STSD Project in Cairo, Egypt, from 15th to 20th August, 2015, 23 animal health personnel drawn from diagnostic laboratories of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda have taken part. Experienced laboratory specialists of Animal Health Research Institute (AHRI) of Egypt, which is one of the leading animal health research and diagnostic centers in Africa that can offer quality training on diagnostic techniques, have given the training.

In their six-day stay, participants acquired the practical techniques that can be applied to diagnose FMD, RVF, PPR and CBPP, as well as on quality assurance standards of laboratories and procedures. They also obtained knowledge on the diagnostic methods and procedures, with special emphasis on ELISA techniques and on how to standardise and harmonise the diagnostic methods being used in the Region.

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Workshop for the Restructuration of the National Codex Committee of Senegal

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© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.© 2015 AU-IBAR. Participants at the workshop.17 – 20 August 2015, Hotel Almadies, Dakar. At the request of the President of the National Codex Committee of Senegal, the workshop was planned and funded by the U.S. Codex Office with the technical support from AU-IBAR for four days. The workshop focused on the mandate, structure and function of CAC, the roles and functions of the Codex Contact Point (CCP) and The National Codex Committee.

The specific objectives of the workshop were:

  1. To increase the understanding of the structures and procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
  2. To describe the issues to consider when establishing a national Codex framework to facilitate active involvement in Codex;
  3. To discuss the use of Codex standards, guidelines and recommendations in national food safety programmes;
  4. To provide a platform to discuss challenges and future capacity building needs on Codex-related activities.

The expected outcomes of the workshop were:

  1. Common understanding of the structure and procedures of the CAC, how its work should be coordinated at the national level and how Senegal can participate and influence its work;
  2. Draft action plans for strengthening the National Codex Committee activities;
  3. Identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building.
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African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources / United States Department of Agriculture Colloquium on Codex Alimentarius Commission

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3 – 4 September 2015, Accra, Ghana

Colloquium Brief

© 2015 AU-IBAR/Evergreen. Group photo of Participants.© 2015 AU-IBAR/Evergreen. Group photo of Participants.The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) / United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colloquium on Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) was held in Accra, Ghana from 3 to 4 September 2015 at the Fiesta Royale Hotel. The participants comprised of Food Safety experts including Codex Contact Point Officers/persons, senior experts and officials under ministries of health, agriculture, livestock and fisheries from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania and United States of America, and representatives from AU-IBAR and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

Funded by the USDA Codex office, the Colloquium was officially opened by Mr. Robert Baffour Tandor, Director of Standards representing the Minister for Trade and Industry of Togo. AU-IBAR opening remarks were given by Dr. Raphael Coly, AU-IBAR PANSPSO Coordinator, while USDA remarks were made by Mrs Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Codex Manager.

The objectives of the colloquium were:

  • to get update on Africa food safety issues as they relate to Proposed Guidelines for the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene for the control of Foodborne parasites;
  • to identify areas of capacity building on Codex participation and on food safety organization in Africa including risk analysis and establishment of food control authorities at national and regional levels;
  • to exchange views and Share experiences between CCAfrica and U.S. Codex Delegates on Codex draft standards under discussion in various Codex committees;
  • to find opportunity to collaborate on strategies for advancing shared regional positions; and
  • to adopt harmonized positions on key Codex issues of importance to both regions.