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Animal Welfare Stakeholders Launch the African Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) and Endorse the Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA)

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of the participants, AUC Headquarters, 24th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Group photo of the participants, AUC Headquarters, 24th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Addis Ababa, 24th July 2017-A 2-day meeting was convened by the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture through its specialized technical office, AU-IBAR to launch the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) and the endorsement of the Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA) at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters from 24th-25th July 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Seventy participants comprising Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) and representatives from Member States (MSs) namely Zimbabwe, Tunisia, DR Congo, Gambia, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Madagascar, Nigeria and Burkina Faso; Regional Economic Communities (RECs), IGAD, COMESA, ECCAS and ECOWAS; international organizations FAO and OIE, ILRI, Veterinary Education Establishments, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar School of Veterinary Medicine, Senegal ; animal welfare organizations: Brooke, World Horse Welfare, Donkey Sanctuary, World Animal Protection, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAWA), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture technical offices of AU-IBAR, AU-PANVAC and AU-PATTEC and a team of consultants attended the meeting.

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AU-IBAR Supported the Development of Livestock Farmers Associations and Livestock Value Chain Databases in African Countries

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Supported the Development of Livestock Farmers Associations and Livestock Value Chain Databases in African Countries.© 2017 AU-IBAR. AU-IBAR Supported the Development of Livestock Farmers Associations and Livestock Value Chain Databases in African Countries.The African Union –Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) supported selected African Union member countries (AU-MSs) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the creation and development of a database for livestock farmer associations and livestock value chains. The broad objective of the initiative is to engage and support the national farmers organizations to better respond to the needs of their membership thereby enhancing their capacities to contribute meaningfully to policy development processes, improving their leadership and organizational management capacities and sustenance of good governance.

During a needs assessment workshop held from 10th–13th July at Mahe Island,Seychelles, representatives from 13 MSs and 3 RECs met to finalize the form and structure of the database as well as the data collection instruments including the data collection modules and forms. They also agreed on how the modules will continue to be populated and the activity sustained at the national and regional level. Participants also agreed on how the database will be managed and how information generated from the database can be shared to the general public.

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Declaration of Dakar

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The continental workshop of Dakar convened on the initiative of West African Women's Association (WAWA) with the support of the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union (UA-IBAR) bringing together breeders coming from West, central, East, North and South Africa to deal with the issue of local milk sector in Africa.

It was attended by several authorities including the Director of Livestock of Senegal, representing the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Production in Senegal, the Executive Director of the West African Women's Association, representatives of the government of Senegal (Primature - Food Safety, Ministry of Family, Women and Children, Ministry of Vocational Training for Apprenticeship and Crafts, Ministry of Integration and NEPAD, peasant organizations, association of producers ( DIRFEL, APESS, ...).

The interesting discussions were held around the theme: "Exchanges and sharing of experiences among African women in Livestock development activities".
Whereas the success of the milk sector causes many concerns in a context where imports of milk and milk products increased from $27 million in 2002 for more than $37 million in 2015 (Report of the Ministry of Livestock in Senegal in 2016).

Considering that the family farms as well as the mini-dairies are models to be encouraged in the secondary diary pools even though they only still have a marginal effect on national consumption, Considering that the dairy industries mainly use milk power (80 to 100%100 for their procurement) in most countries.

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European Union and AU-IBAR Supports Training of Livestock Quarantines Practitioners

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. European Union and AU-IBAR Supports Training of Livestock Quarantines Practitioners 2nd - 6th July 2017, Igad-Sheikh Technical Veterinary School.© 2017 AU-IBAR. European Union and AU-IBAR Supports Training of Livestock Quarantines Practitioners 2nd - 6th July 2017, Igad-Sheikh Technical Veterinary School.In July 2017, the European Union in partnership with AU-IBAR Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade (ESOLT) Project and IGAD/ICPALD Standards, Methods and Procedures (SMP-AH) Project implemented a training to improve the participatory, inclusive and effective governance of procedures used in the Somali quarantines.

The aim of this training was to:

  • Equip quarantine veterinary staff with knowledge and skills in quarantine operation and practices to mitigate against the risk of exporting live animals with TAD agents.
  • Enhance communication and cooperation between the staff of the various quarantine stations to advocate and apply harmonized procedures.
  • Exchange lessons among personnel drawn from the different quarantines.
  • Facilitate discussions on enhancing the role of owners of the quarantines and Ministries in charge of Livestock for improved compliance.

The end result of the project is to ensure more livestock exports, of better quality, of different types reaching various regional and international markets in a reliable and consistent way and competitively.

The 5-day training was held from 2nd-6th July 2017 at the IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) in Somaliland.

The training was officially opened by State Minister of Somaliland Ministry of Livestock Hon. Engineer Abdi Rashid Mohamoud Ali, accompanied by the Mayor of the district Mr. Ibrahim Abdallah Absiye, and other delegates from Puntland and Mogadishu. In his remarks, the Minister welcomed participants to Somaliland and noted the essence of harmonising procedures within the Somali export quarantines as a way of addressing the ban in livestock trade.

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AU-IBAR Strengthens Capacity of IGAD Member States in Project Proposal Formulation and Management

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© 2017 AU-IBAR. Livestock Market.© 2017 AU-IBAR. Livestock Market.A 5-day training workshop on project proposal formulation and management was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with ICPALD/IGAD within the scope of the Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) and the Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS) projects for IGAD Member States (MS) from 22nd-26th May 2017 at Eureka Place Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

Program and/or Project proposal development and management are essential in any development process. In most of the African countries, livestock programmes and projects are often poorly designed and inadequately targeted, leading to the inefficient and fragmented allocation of scarce development resources. Policies related to the livestock sector are often incoherent with ill-defined goals and with little or no assessment of their likely impact. The lack of consistent, integrated strategies, programs and projects that focus limited resources on identified and attainable goals remains a major constraint to livestock development. The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has been developing and implementing programs and projects in African countries since its establishment in 1951. One of the major gaps identified is the inadequate capacity of Member States in developing and implementing programs and projects at national level in line with the latest international best practices. It is against this background that led MS to seek support from AU-IBAR to enhance their capacity in the development and implementation of relevant, competitive and bankable project proposals in order to mobilize resources from various partners and ensure implementation for results. The initial phase involves all the African MSs starting within the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region.