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Communiqué - Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on Formulation of African Blue Economy Strategy

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. Group Photo - Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on Formulation of African Blue Economy Strategy.© 2019 AU-IBAR. Group Photo - Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on Formulation of African Blue Economy Strategy.30th – 31st August 2019 AU-IBAR, Nairobi, KENYA.

Introduction

The Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on Formulation of African Blue Economy Strategy was held from 30th-31st August 2019, at the offices of the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in Nairobi Kenya. The meeting was organized by AU-IBAR in collaboration with the Government of Kenya. Funding support for the event was generously provided by the European Union (EU) and the African Union member states.

Objective of the Workshop

The overall objective of the workshop was to critically review and improve a Draft Blue Economy Strategy for Africa developed by a team of consultants at the request of AU-IBAR.

Delegates

Workshop participants were drawn from a diverse and representative set of stakeholders. The African Union was represented by the Chief of Staff, Bureau of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as well as the Director, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (DREAAUC). Also represented was the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD). Other key stakeholders present were: African Union Member States; Regional Economic Communities (RECS); Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs), other Specialized Regional Institutions and AU-IBAR staff. Experts and representatives from key blue economy sectors (fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, transportation, energy, mining, and tourism) were also present. Also well represented were other interest groups active in the African Blue Economy, namely: the private sector, environment and conservation NGOs, Non-State actor organizations and groups (including women’s groups) and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). A significant number of African policy and governance specialists, journalists, academics, researchers and independent consultants also participated. The European Union, Norway and other development partners (including United Nation Economic Commission for Africa) also sent representatives. The consultation was led by the six selected consultants, with each expert providing a report on a selected Blue Economy thematic area. In all, the workshop was attended by 125 delegates drawn from across the African continent.

Facilitators and Rapporteurs

The opening session was facilitated by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw, Chief Animal Health Officer at AU-IBAR. The technical session was facilitated by Mr. Kennedy Oroko, Planner at AU-IBAR and Dr. Mohamed Seisay, Senior Fisheries Officer at AU-IBAR. Meeting Rapporteurs were Mr. Isaac Nyameke (GAFNET, Ghana) and Dr. Paubert Mahatante (SANSAFA, Madagascar).

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Press Release - Commemorating 70 Years of Trypanosomiasis Research and Control in Africa at the 35th ISCTRC General Conference

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18th September, 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

Trypanosomiasis is a major disease affecting human and animals in 38 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Its effect on animal and human health is known to have direct impact on livestock productivity, livestock management and human settlement; through those direct impacts, the disease has indirect impacts on crop agriculture and human welfare. Changes in livestock management, human settlement and crop agriculture also result in changes in land use, vegetation cover and environment and human welfare. All of these have implications for resource use patterns, and investments in natural capital. With a wealth of evidence on the extent of the tsetse, human and animal trypanosomiasis problem, the opportunity for researchers and experts from a mix of disciplines to meet and put this evidence into clear perspective is both timely and invaluable. The International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC), a statutory Council of the African Union Commission will provide the scientific arena to enable this important discussion, including, review control strategies and recommendations for appropriate smarter methods of tsetse and trypanosomiasis
control, at its 35th General Conference. The ISCTRC shall also be commemorating its 70th year of existence.

Following 34 successful conferences, the 35th ISCTRC will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 23rd – 27th September 2019. The theme for this year is Impact of African Trypanosomiasis on Human and Animal Health, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in the face of challenges to sustainable investment in Animal African Trypanosomiasis (AAT) control and Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) elimination. The theme builds upon the 34th Conference that was held in Livingstone, Zambian that focused on ‘Capitalizing on the progress made against human and animal trypanosomiases – the way forward in partnership with all stakeholders.’ This year, the Conference will be hosted by the Government of Nigeria, thus providing an opportunity for the Federal Government of Nigeria to showcase its fight against tsetse and trypanosomiasis in Africa.

The biennial conference is jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources, (as the Secretariat of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control), the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) and the Federal Government of Nigeria. For 70 years, since 1949, the Council has achieved its mandate of facilitating information sharing and exchange on matters regarding tsetse and trypanosomiasis research and control by holding regular biennial General Scientific Conferences.

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Communiqué - 8th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. 8th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting - Identification of gaps and areas of intervention for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in Africa.© 2019 AU-IBAR. 8th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting - Identification of gaps and areas of intervention for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in Africa.15th - 16th August 2019
Gaborone, BOTSWANA

Introduction

  1. The Eighth Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The meeting was organized in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Government of Botswana.
  2. The meeting was held from the 15th to 16th August 2019 at Cresta President Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana.
  3. The major objective of the two-day meeting was to identify gaps and areas of intervention for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in Africa.
  4. The specific objectives were to:
    1. Review progress since its Seventh ANAF annual meeting and identify actions for follow-up.
    2. Share experiences on the status of aquaculture development among African Union Member States and of interventions to strengthen women and youth participation in aquaculture development
    3. Document specific gaps in existing plans and frameworks for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture
    4. Establish existing plans and institutional frameworks for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in AU member states
    5. Identify priority areas and develop 2-year action plans for promoting role of women and youth in aquaculture business / enterprise development

Participation

  1. The meeting was attended by representatives from the twelve (12) African Union Member States namely: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Liberia, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia; Botswana was present as a hosting country; Regional institutions: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC); Development partner: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO);African Fisheries Policy Research network; Independent Experts from private sector and Academic institutions. Also in attendance were staff members of AU-IBAR.
  2. The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Dr Divine Ngala Tombuh (Cameroun), Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa), Mrs Joyce Ikwaput-Nyeko (Uganda), and Dr Venantious Mulenga Musonda (Zambia).
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Live2Africa Stakeholders Define Intervention Areas along Selected Regional Priority Livestock Value Chains

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1st August 2019, Nairobi, Kenya - The critical role of Livestock Value Chains (LVCs) in achieving the agricultural transformation agenda is being demonstrated through the Live2Africa – an initiative of the African Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), with funding from the European Union.

Under this initiative, a Stocktaking workshop will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 5-8 August 2019.
Under the theme ‘Catalytic Actions to Boost Equitable Growth’, the workshop aims to define intervention areas along six regional selected priority livestock value chains in relation to past, on-going and planned initiatives to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated programme.

A cross-section of over 200 participants comprising representatives from the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the European Union and other donors, and several livestock sector actors will gather at the Safir Hotel, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt from 5th to 8th August 2019 to learn and exchange knowledge on LVCs. The Minister of Livestock Egypt, is expected to open the Stocktaking workshop. The Stocktaking meeting will be preceded by an Experts meeting on the 4th August, 2019. The Experts meeting will aim to review the Six Desk Reviews of the Regional Value Chain Strategies and the Consolidated Stocktaking Conceptual Framework that will guide the Stocktaking process.

The process to defining the various intervention areas in the 6 selected value chains will consider several key factors. Firstly, the process will aim to build a holistic understanding of the chain to enable optimal performance within each value chain. Secondly, specific steps to establishing priorities for action will include preparing strategic options and identifying problems that should be solved by each regional value chain. It is through the stocktaking exercise that a clearer picture indicating positive points, points requiring strengthening and improvements, including chances of growth and opportunities for each value chain will be discovered. At the end of the workshop the agreed recommendations to enhance the integration of results, programming and operations for a more cohesive approach to implementing the LVC interventions and actions will be communicated to all stakeholders.

In addition, another expected outcome of the Stocktaking Exercise will be to provide a structured opportunity to conduct a stakeholder and partnership analysis, and to identify opportunities for synergy, complementarity, enhanced strategic collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

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SADC Regional Workshop for Capacity Building on Access and Benefit Sharing and Intellectual Property Rights for Animal Genetic Resources (4th to 6th March 2019, Pretoria, South Africa)

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. Participants to the SADC Regional Workshop for Capacity Building On Access and Benefit Sharing and Intellectual Property Rights for Animal Genetic Resources at the Fortis Manor Hotel, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa.© 2019 AU-IBAR. Participants to the SADC Regional Workshop for Capacity Building On Access and Benefit Sharing and Intellectual Property Rights for Animal Genetic Resources at the Fortis Manor Hotel, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa.Background

A regional training workshop was jointly convened by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and from the 4th to 6th of March 2019 at the Fortis Manor Hotel, in Hatfield Pretoria, South Africa, in the framework of the implementation of the AU-IBAR project on "Strengthening the capacity of African Countries on Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Animal Genetic Resources in Africa". A total of 35 participants comprising National Focal Points for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and Nagoya Protocol (NP), National Coordinators for Animal Genetic Resources, government and non-governmental officials and development practitioners in the SADC and technical and administrative staff of AU-IBAR region attended the 3-day training workshop. The SADC participants were from: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The training workshop was facilitated by the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for AnGR for Southern Africa, Mrs Deidre Januarie.

The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen capacity on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) in the SADC region.

The specific objectives were:

  • To raise awareness on ABS and IPR issues related to AnGR,
  • To mainstream AnGR into the existing national and regional legislation,
  • To share information and best practices and lessons learnt on ABS on AnGR and ABS Procedures and/or Mechanisms and
  • To agree on priority interventions to fast track their implementations.