AU-IBAR has empowered Member States by strengthening Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure for data capture and analysis to promote evidence based decision making. A donation of US$ 36,000.00 worth of computer equipment, each set comprising an HP laptop, monitor, docking station, wireless keyboard, mouse, and bag has been made to 31 African Union Member States. The ICT equipment was handed over to Directors of Animal Production who were in Kenya attending a meeting. The equipment is for use by officers in the Departments responsible for animal resources. The donation is part of activities of an AU-IBAR project “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources” (2013-2019) popularly known as the Genetics Project that recently ended and was funded by the European Union.
The main objective of the project was to facilitate and fast track the implementation of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for sustainable use of AnGR in Africa for which the continent is lagging behind. The project also focused on building capacity of Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) for effective formulation and implementation of policies and strategies for the management of AnGR and created awareness for its inclusion into national and regional agricultural investment priorities. One of the key Result Areas of the Genetics Project focussed on generating and disseminating information on issues affecting AnGR. Hence, in efforts to improve information and data availability at national level, the project procured ICT equipment for all Member States.
The AnGR-TAG writeshop was convened under the AU-IBAR genetics project 'Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources' in Naivasha, Sweet Lake Resort on 14th – 17th April 2015.
The meeting gathered 22 technical experts drawn from the 5 sub-regions of Africa (represented by the following countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Malawi, Nigeria, Lesotho, Tanzania, Uganda and Tunisia) and implementing partners (ILRI and CIRDES).
The writeshop aimed at offering the newly appointed AnGR-TAG members, a platform to work towards the development of the first draft of the revised and harmonized characterization, inventory and monitoring tools' guidelines and an opportunity to formulate a strategy to guide successful implementation and improved utilization of the revised tools within AU Member States.
An Experts consultation meeting was convened by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), from 20 to 22 April 2015 at Hotel du Lac in Cotonou, Benin, 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".
This meeting, which aimed at taking stock and assessing challenges and constraints in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in African countries since the ratification, reviewing continental developments and mechanisms relevant to the movements and exchange of animal genetic material, gathered participants from 6 Countries, namely Cameroon, Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia and Tunisia, as well as International and regional organizations namely FAO, ILRI, ECOWAS, AU-IBAR and AUC and also NGOs working with communities in the field of animal genetic resources.
The specific objectives included among key ones, to:
- Assess the legal environment for the exchange and movement of animal genetic material, as well as the adoption/implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in African countries since the ratification.
- Assess challenges and constraints in the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in African countries since the adoption/ratification.
- Propose technical standards, legislation or regulatory requirements for the exchange and movement of genetic materials.
- Propose a guideline for the exchange and movement of genetic materials including benefits to local communities, custodians of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
- Propose a legislative framework for the establishment of regional genebanks.