The programme will have a continental coverage. It will work at national level with AU Member States. The first result on The Status and trends of animal genetic resources will focused only on 34 African member States of the Regional Economic Communities of ECOWAS, ECCAS, EAC and IGAD.
Because of the important overlapping of RECs on the continent (many countries belong to two RECs or more), support provided to countries through the RECs will need to follow specific guidelines to avoid duplication of efforts. The country allocation per REC will be done in a participatory manner before the beginning of the implementation, and all countries will be given the opportunity to choose the REC they want to collaborate with, in line with the approach used for other AU-IBAR continental projects.