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Press Release - Regional Training-of-trainers workshop on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) for promotion of the dairy value chain in Eastern Africa

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. Regional Training-of-trainers workshop on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) for promotion of the dairy value chain in Eastern Africa.© 2019 AU-IBAR. Regional Training-of-trainers workshop on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) for promotion of the dairy value chain in Eastern Africa.In East Africa, the dairy value chain is considered very important and contributes significantly to the regional economies. This is further emphasized by the East African Community (EAC) and other stakeholders. Key intervention areas were identified to promote this priority livestock value chain in the region. One of the key interventions proposed is the promotion of utilization and adoption of application of the latest reproductive technologies to increase milk production in the respective member states. There is indeed room for growth and opportunities for East Africa to embrace available and novel technologies and innovations that will propel the value chain to function at the desired level. It is therefore pertinent that, the East African member states provide enabling environments for increased technology uptake, utilization and transfer.

As part of providing leadership and coordination in the sustainable development of the continent’s Animal Resources, AU-IBAR is implementing a 5-year project on “Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa - Live2Africa”. The Live2Africa project is a vehicle for the promotion of the implementation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and is aligned with Agenda 2063 development goals. One of the key project’s focus areas is to enhance utilization and adoption of technologies as well as build human capacities in priority livestock value chains in the regions. In line with AU-IBAR’s mandate, the Live2Africa project is training key stakeholders on the use of various assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) to ensure optimal milk production, processing and value addition.

Robust training is pertinent as it ultimately culminates in increased ART transfer and adoption across the region. The increased awareness creation through training further draws the attention of policy makers on the benefits of ARTs and ultimately triggers increased investment in the Dairy livestock value chain.

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Press Release - AU-IBAR Intensifies Support for Intra-African Trade and Africa’s Position in the Global Animal Commodity Market

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Nairobi, Kenya, December 8th 2019

The Africa Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is supporting the Africa Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to accelerate intra-African trade and boost Africa’s trading position in the global animal commodity market. It is on this basis that AU-IBAR is convening a Continental forum seeking to promote dialogue amongst AU Member States for the operationalization of AfCFTA. The forum will be held in Accra, Ghana from 11-13 December, 2019, and will regard actions to be implemented at the operational, technical and administrative levels in relation to trade in animal commodities.

The forum, under the theme: “Accelerating intra-African trade and boosting Africa’s trading position in the global animal commodity market” will identify key challenges and opportunities, potential intervention areas for support and mechanisms for the efficient functioning of the African common market.

As an entry point to promoting livestock trade within the framework of the AfCFTA, the Continental forum is being implemented under the framework of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA). The success of the livestock sector in terms of the gross domestic product (GDP) is largely due to commercialization and intensification that has increased turnover and off take from the export of a range of animal products. The African livestock sector contributes between 30 and 80% of the agricultural GDP, and has the potential to deliver both agricultural growth and the socio-economic transformation as envisioned in the June 2014 African Union (AU) Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Africa Agriculture Growth and Transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods.

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Communique - A Writers’ Workshop of the Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa for the Formulation of Policy Briefs on Integrating Women and Youth in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains and Business Development

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. A Writers’ Workshop of the Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa for the Formulation of Policy Briefs on Integrating Women and Youth in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains and Business Development.© 2019 AU-IBAR. A Writers’ Workshop of the Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa for the Formulation of Policy Briefs on Integrating Women and Youth in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains and Business Development.13th - 16th November 2019 Libreville, Gabon.

Introduction

  1. The African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Pan-Africa Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture- organised a write-shop on the formulation of Policy Briefs on Integrating Women and Youth in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains and Business Development. The writeshop primarily based on consolidating Lessons and best practices from 8th Session of the Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) and the 3rd Bureau meeting of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFISHNET) held in Botswana in August 2019 and Cote D’Ivoire in September 2019 respectively.
  2. The present meeting was organised in collaboration with the People and Government of Gabon in the Capital City, Libreville from the 13-16 November 2019.
  3. The major objective of the writers-shop was aimed at reviewing the reports of the ANAF and AWFISHNET meetings; collate present information from experts’ presentations on experiences, lessons and best practices and then develop policy briefs on priority actions on enhancing the integration of women and youth in fisheries and aquaculture value chains and business development.

Participation

The meeting was attended by 26 representatives from nine African Union Member States namely: Cameroun, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia; Regional institutions: Regional Fisheries Commission for the Gulf of Guinea/Commission Régionale des Pêches du Golfe de Guinée (COREP) and members of the Policy Research Network for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, independent experts from private sector and Academic institutions, representatives of women groups (AWFISHNET). Also in attendance were staff members of AU-IBAR.

The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa) and Mrs. Guylene Nkoane (Gabon).

Opening Session

Mr Georges MBA ASSEKO, Technical Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food in Gabon facilitated the opening session.

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Press Release - AU-IBAR heightens "Leadership and Functional Competencies for Quality Veterinary Services" for Chief Veterinary Officers

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. From left to Right: Dr. Bouna Diop (Member of Animal Health Strategy for Africa Guiding Group), Dr. Omar Touray (Member of Animal Health Strategy for Africa Guiding Group), Prof. Ahmed Eltigani Sidahmed (Member of Animal Health Strategy for Africa Guiding Group) and Dr. Baboucarr Jaw, Senior Animal Health Officer (AU-IBAR), during the panel discussion on “Re-profiling of veterinary profession and Day 100 Competencies for CVOs”. The discussion was held during session 4 on 12th November, 2019, during the Review and validation workshop for re-profiling of veterinary profession and DAY 100 Competencies for Chief Veterinary Officers Workshop, held under the theme: “Leadership and functional Competencies for Quality Veterinary Services”.© 2019 AU-IBAR. From left to Right: Dr. Bouna Diop (Member of Animal Health Strategy for Africa Guiding Group), Dr. Omar Touray (Member of Animal Health Strategy for Africa Guiding Group), Prof. Ahmed Eltigani Sidahmed (Member of Animal Health Strategy for Africa Guiding Group) and Dr. Baboucarr Jaw, Senior Animal Health Officer (AU-IBAR), during the panel discussion on “Re-profiling of veterinary profession and Day 100 Competencies for CVOs”. The discussion was held during session 4 on 12th November, 2019, during the Review and validation workshop for re-profiling of veterinary profession and DAY 100 Competencies for Chief Veterinary Officers Workshop, held under the theme: “Leadership and functional Competencies for Quality Veterinary Services”.Dakar, Senegal November 11th, 2019

AU-IBAR is supporting an initiative on re-profiling of the veterinary profession, designing and rolling out of a Day 100 competencies curriculum for newly appointed Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) to serve their role in implementing their strategic, administrative and technical solutions to animal production/ health problems and to address the attendant challenges of the role. A workshop seeking to address the challenge facing animal health system and services in the majority of African countries and providing a possible direction that the veterinary profession might take to meet the challenge associated to a functional veterinary profession is being held in Dakar, Senegal from 11-15 November, 2019.

The workshop on the review and validation for re-profiling of veterinary profession is being held under the theme: "Leadership and Functional Competencies for Quality Veterinary Services". The workshop falls under the Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa (Live2Africa), a European Union funded programme with the overall mandate to strengthen systemic capacity of continental, regional and national animal sector stakeholders.

According to the findings of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) evaluations studies, Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) and GAP analysis carried out in the recent years, the performance of the veterinary sector in sub-Saharan Africa over the past years has faced the major burden of responsibility in seeking and applying technical solutions within the domain of institutional, financial, infrastructural and human resource environments.

The necessity of veterinary professionals to influence change in the policy environments they work in calls for veterinary services to set high visions, consonant with the great unexploited potential of the livestock sector and the manpower resources of Africa. These skills are particularly critical for new incoming Chief Veterinary Officers.

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Communiqué - Bureau Meeting and Training Workshop on Enhancing Awareness and Capacity of Women for Small-Medium Enterprises Development in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. Group Photo - Bureau Meeting and Training Workshop on Enhancing Awareness and Capacity of Women for Small-Medium Enterprises Development in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector.© 2019 AU-IBAR. Group Photo - Bureau Meeting and Training Workshop on Enhancing Awareness and Capacity of Women for Small-Medium Enterprises Development in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector.12th - 13th September 2019.

Introduction

The Bureau Meeting and Training workshop on “Enhancing Awareness and Capacity of Women for Small-Medium Enterprises Development in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector” of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFISHNET) was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.

The meeting was held from the 12th to 13th September 2019 at Hôtel Belle Côte Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The main objective of the meeting was to provide a platform for bureau members and selected experts for sharing and documentation of best practices in fish processing technology and identification of opportunities for enhancing women Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

The specific objectives were to:

  1. Establish the status of formation of National networks for women fish processors and traders
  2. Enhance knowledge amongst AWFISHNET members on the best practices for fish processing technologies, trade and market development
  3. Exchange information on lessons and best practices in fish processing technologies, trade and marketing
  4. Compile challenges and opportunities affecting SMEs development for women in fish processing and trade in Africa and develop a capacity empowerment program
  5. Develop an AWFISHNET’s capacity empowerment program that responds to the needs of the members.

Participation

The meeting was attended by 27 participants comprising of twelve (12) AWFISHNET Bureau member countries as follows: Algeria, Cameroun, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia; regional fisheries institutions: Fisheries Commission of the West Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM); selected experts and Resource Persons, Facilitator, and AU-IBAR staff.

The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa), Mr Barthelemy Batieno (PRCM, Senegal) and Mrs Editrudith Lukanga (Secretary General of AWFISHNET).

Opening Session

Dr. SHEP Helguilè, the Director of Aquaculture and Fisheries in the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources in the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire facilitated the opening session.