A meeting to inaugurate the Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PRNFAA) was convened by African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Coordinating Agency (NPCA) on the 20th April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya.
The need for establishing a continental policy research network for fisheries and aquaculture for Africa became pertinent in response to the paucity of evidence to support and guide fisheries and aquaculture policy reforms on the continent; particularly to enable the sector transform and contribute to the CAADP goals as outlined in the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS).
The establishment of a continental policy research network for fisheries and aquaculture for Africa that can generate, share and disseminate scientifically validated evidence-based information for advocacy, fisheries policy reform, public awareness and strengthen stakeholder capacity for sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture is critical for the achievement of the PFRS goals.
Consequently, the establishment of this network is sequel to recommendations emanating from :
- the first and second Conferences of African Ministers for Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2010 and 2014, respectively
- African Heads of State and Governments Summit in Malabo, 2014
- the stakeholder’s adoption of a proposed framework for such a network in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 2015
- an expert consultation in Nairobi, Kenya 2017 at which criteria for composition of memberships were reviewed, updated and a roadmap to operationalize the network also developed.
A consultative workshop for the establishment of a Regional Platform for Non-State Actors involved in the fisheries and aquaculture sector within Southern Africa, was organized by African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency (NPCA) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya from the 17th to 19th April, 2018.
The main objective of the workshop was to establish and formalize a regional platform for non-state actors actively involved in fisheries and aquaculture in the SADC region that will provide strategic leadership and coordination of all national and sub-national level NSAs at regional level.
Specifically the workshop sought to:
- Inform participants about African Union (AU) fisheries programmes and processes including small scale fisheries and aquaculture action plans, as well as of the opportunity for NSAs to participate in the implementation process of the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS).
- Enable the respective NSAs to convene and share information and experiences of their organisations and the fisheries and aquaculture activities they are involved in.
- Formally establish a fisheries and aquaculture NSA platform for the SADC region.
- Develop and endorse Terms of Reference (Statutes), Rules of Procedure and an inaugural action plan for a Regional Platform of NSAs in the fisheries and aquaculture Sector within the SADC region.
- Elect and approve inaugural office bearers of the regional platform.
A one-day meeting was convened by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) to formally establish the Coordination Committee of the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) review and endorse the 4-year program entitled Improving the Governance of Animal Welfare in Africa (GAWA) on 27th April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Coordination Meeting was attended by around 80 participants comprising CVOs and Representatives from 41 AUC Member States (MSs) namely Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso Cameroon, CAR, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau Kenya; Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia , Uganda and Zimbabwe . The meeting also included representatives from RECSs, ECCAS, IGAD, SADC and UMA Representatives from FAO, OIE, the University of Nairobi the EISMV (Dakar), The Brooke Hospital for Animals, World Horse Welfare, The Donkey Sanctuary, World Animal Protection, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAAWA), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), World animal Net, the United States Department for Agriculture (USDA); Animal welfare experts and AU-IBAR staffs.
The Objective the Meeting
The overall objective of the meeting will be to formally establish and officially launch the Coordination Committee of the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare in Africa (CC-APAW).
The specific objectives are the followings:
- To update the CVOs on animal welfare agenda in Africa
- To officially launch the CC-APAW
- To validate the AW 4-year program titled "Improving Animal Welfare Governance in Africa"
- To adopt the 2018 annual work plan of CCAWA
- To agree on the way forward.
Bossaso, 26th March 2018: AU-IBAR and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations with financial support from the European Union (EU) have rehabilitated the Bossaso slaughter house which will improve meat marketing and incomes for livestock dependent households in Puntland. The rehabilitation of the slaughter house was carried out under the EU funded "Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade (ESOLT) project". The project was jointly implemented by AU-IBAR, FAO and the Federal and regional Ministries responsible for Livestock.
The facility was handed over to the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Husbandry (MoLAH) of the Puntland State of Somalia in a ceremony that was held at the site in Bossaso, Puntland. In attendance were the Minister, MOLAH, Honourable Abdullahi Sheikh Ahmed, the Governor of Bari region Mr. Yusuf Dhedo and Mayor for Bossaso Mr. Abdisalah Bashir Abdisalah, livestock traders among other key livestock stakeholders. The leaders accompanied by the assembled livestock stakeholders toured the facility and gave it a clean bill of health. The local leaders urged the traders to use the facility to its full capacity and for their benefit. The leaders lauded the initiative and pledged to support it to ensure its sustainability and benefit for the Somali community. The Mayor emphasized that the Bossaso slaughterhouse provides an opportunity for traders to upscale from traditional slaughter methods to more modern slaughter practices that will add value to their animals and fetch better prices while providing safer meat. The ceremony culminated in the signing of the transfer documents in the governor's office at Bossaso.
A preparatory meeting of Experts to undertake verification visits to shortlisted institutions for selection as Africa Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) within the provisions of the Fisheries Governance Project with support from European Union.
The meeting was held from the 15th to 16th March 2018 at AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya and was a follow-up to the recommendations from related meetings held in 2016 in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania and also in 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The main objectives of this preparatory meeting were to:
- Formulate Terms of References (ToRs) and criteria for scoring for the expert verification assessment of the short-listed institutions
- Agree on a harmonized and approach for the verification missions
- Undertake preliminary review of the submitted dossiers by the short-listed institutions against the formulated criteria for scoring
The meeting was attended by 8 Experts namely: Mr. Etienne Hinrichsen- AquaEco, South Africa; Dr. Paul Onyango- University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania; Mr. Ben Kiddu- Technical Manager WAFICOS, Uganda; Dr. Hangombe Bernard Mudenda, University of Zambia; Dr. Daniel Adjei-Boateng- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Prof. Abdel-Fattah El-Sayed– Alexandria University, Egypt; Dr. Andrew Baio – University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone; Dr Modibo Traore, retired Director of AU-IBAR and the Technical Team Leader of the Verfication Mission. Also in attendance were also staff from AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed El-sawahly- Director of AU-IBAR, Dr Mohamed Seisay- Senior Fisheries Officer; Dr Nelly Isyagi- Aquaculture Officer and Ms Hellen Moepi- Project Assistant Fisheries Governance.
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