The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture in the Kingdom of Swaziland brought together the Working groups responsible for the development and drafting of the Communication & Advocacy Strategy, Veterinary/Livestock Legislation review and Livestock Policy formulation in Swaziland.
The official commissioning of Working Groups was conducted by the representative of the Director and Head of Mission of the AU-IBAR together with the Programme on Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) Regional Coordinator (SADC) at Ezulwini on the 23rd September, 2016.
National Action Plans (NAPs) in the Kingdom of Swaziland which had been identified earlier by the National Livestock Policy Hub (NLPH) were to ;
- Develop a Communication and Advocacy Strategy for Improved Delivery of Veterinary & Livestock Services in Swaziland
- Review and Update the Livestock Policy & Veterinary/Livestock Legislation
Over a two day period (12th - 13th December, 2016) a Validation Workshop was held at the Bethel Court Hotel to review the developed Livestock Policy, Communication & Advocacy Strategy and Reviewed Legislation draft documents. These draft documents will be subjected further to a wider audience for validation after the festive season before being submitted to Cabinet.
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resource (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in the Kingdom of Lesotho brought together the Working Group reviewers who were responsible for drafting of the Lesotho Animal Health, Production and Welfare Bill and the formulation of a National Livestock Policy for Lesotho.
AU-IBAR together with the Programme on Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (Vet-Gov) Regional Coordinator facilitated the implementation of the Kingdom of Lesotho National Action Plans (NAPs) which included among others were: to Review and update Veterinary & Livestock Legislation and to Formulate/review and update Veterinary & Livestock Policy of Lesotho.
The Working group has drafted a new Bill for Lesotho Animal Health, Production and Welfare which is an Act to provide for the protection and promotion of health of animals, to make provision for the control of animal diseases and provision of veterinary services, to provide for the animal production and welfare of animals and for connected matters.
This new Bill has been put in place as a result of Repealing the following pieces of legislation: Proclamation 10 of 1896 (Stock Diseases), Proclamation 57 of 1952 (Importation and Exportation of Livestock and Livestock Products, Importation and Exportation of Livestock and Livestock Products Proclamation (Amendment) Act 1984 (Act. No. 21 of 1984) and the Stock Diseases Proclamation (Amendment) Act 1984 (Act No. 18 of 1984).
A regional training workshop on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases (TADs) for the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region was recently organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD, under the framework of the surveillance for trade sensitive diseases (STSD) and Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) projects supported by the European Union and USAID/KEA respectively from 12-16 December 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda. The training received technical support from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and FAO ECTAD-Eastern Africa.
The overall objective of the training program was to enhance knowledge and skills of veterinary epidemiologists from Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases.
The following were the specific objectives:
- To improve knowledge on the importance of risk analysis and risk mapping for animal health decision making,
- To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for analysis of cross-sectional survey data,
- To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for developing risk maps using cross-sectional survey data,
- To enhance the practical knowledge of regional epidemiologists on how to utilize risk maps for animal health decision making.
- To validate the risk assessment report and use it as a tool for training.
A total of 25 participants from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania attended the training as well as technical staff from AU-IBAR, ILRI and FAO/ECTAD.
The meeting was officially opened by Director of Animal Resources of Uganda, Dr. Nicholas Kauta who remarked “Accurate data collection and analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping are critical for informed decision making, to inform animal disease control strategies and program; and to attract funding opportunities”. Opening remarks were also made on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy by Prof. James Wabacha. James said that “the training will improve practical skills among participants to undertake epidemiological/statistical analysis and enable them to effectively analyze the Cross Sectional Survey data that they have collected in their countries”.
Kampala, Uganda. 9 – 11 November 2016. A Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for trade amongst private sector associations, in particular of women fish processors and traders on fish handling, hygiene and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures along the post-harvest value chain was organised by African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in partnership with NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and WorldFish with support from the European Union and collaboration with the Government of Uganda. The training was held from 9th to 11th November 2016 in Kampala, Uganda.
The objectives of the training workshop were to (1) Develop the capacity of women association on hygiene and implementation of SPS measure for production and handling of safe and quality fish products; (2) Identify institutional constraints that are bottlenecks to quality assured production and access of fish products to lucrative markets; (3) Networking, sharing of experience and best practices on post-harvest activities between associations from different regions in the continent.
The training workshop was attended by 37 participants mainly women representatives of fish processor and trader associations from the following African Union Member States: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, the Gambia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; a representative of MOSFA (Media Observatory for Sustainable Fishing in Africa) and staff from AU-IBAR.
The opening ceremony of the workshop was marked by statement by Dr. Simplice Nouala Representing the Director of AU-IBAR. The official opening of the training workshop was by Hon. Minister of State for Animal Industry the Republic of Uganda, Mrs. Joy Kabatsi. She acknowledged the importance of fish and fishery products for food and nutrition security as well as livelihood and economic development of many women and families in Africa. She emphasized the importance of ensuring the fish is healthy and safe for human consumption, and attracts good price from buyers. The Hon. Minister encouraged participants to effectively take advantage of the training of trainers by learning and transfer the skills and empower other women in their associations or communities; and the effect of value addition through improved processing facilities.
The African Union, Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Ministry of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia and within the framework of the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa Program (VET-GOV) organized a Regional Livestock Policy Hub (RLPH) inauguration workshop held from 24-25 October 2016 at Ocean Bay Hotel in Banjul, the Gambia
Twente one (21) participants attended the workshop including the Director of Veterinary Services and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia. The National Livestock Policy Hub Focal Points (NLPHFP) of the following Member States: Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea and Togo were present. Also present, were representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Confederation of the National Federations of Beef Value Chain of West Africa (COFENABVI-AO), the Women Association of West Africa (AFAO-WAWA), the Savannah and Sahelian Livestock Promotion Association (APESS), the West African Association of Poultry Value Chain (UOFA-AO), the International Livestock Research-Development Centre in sub-humid zone (CIRDES), the West Africa Livestock Innovation Centre/International Trypanotolerance Centre (WALIC/ITC), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the Bilittal Maroobè Network (RBM).
The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
- Officially launch the RLPH,
- Critically reflect on responsibilities and contributions of the RLPH in the development of the livestock sector including an action plan ,
- Identify role and steps to formalize the RLPH as a tool of ECOWAS,
Results of the Workshop
The Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia who declared the workshop open. Welcome remarks were presented by the representative of the ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment, and Water Resources, the Director of the Veterinary Services of the Gambia as well as representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and then the opening speech of the representative of the Ministry.
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