The overall strategy of the project is 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 will also focus on building capacity for effective formulation and implementation of policies and strategies for the management of AnGR and create awareness for its inclusion into national and regional agricultural investment priorities.
In order to provide systematic support to the conservation and management of AnGR, the chosen project strategy is to make interventions at two levels:
- At the Regional level, the project will address issues related to harmonization of national policies, and regional policies for transboundary breeds. The project will also exploit regional complementarity and pools of resources for the establishment of regional gene banks that are only cost effective if manage at regional level, and create the institutional environment for the implementation of the GPA at regional level.
- At the National level, the project will build capacity for formulation of national policies and strategies as well as national action plan for the implementation of the GPA, ensure mainstreaming of the AnGR concept in national sectoral and inter-sectoral plans, strategies and policies.
The project will build consensus on the methodology and tools for the characterization and inventory of AnGR. For most of indigenous African AnGR the boundaries between distinct populations are unclear. Criteria for their characterization are often disputable and varied according to the literature consulted. This has many at time led to inappropriate or conflicting decisions on the management of these resources.
The project has identified proper channels through which the generated information will reach the potential beneficiaries. Such channels include policy briefs, specialized dissemination and training sessions on the use of the data tailored to the needs of various target groups, use of community radios and local publications in local languages. The project will partner with other projects, global fora to create access and also disseminate information.