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Assessment of Animal Genetic Resources Characterization, Inventory and Monitoring tools/protocols to guide revision and harmonization processes

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.25 - 27 September 2014, Giraffe Ocean View Hotel – Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Introduction

The African Union – Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organized from 25th – 27th September 2014, a workshop, focusing on the "Assessment of Animal Genetic Resources Characterization, Inventory and Monitoring tools/protocols to guide revision and harmonization processes".

The workshop was organized in the framework of the implementation of the Project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources".

The workshop aimed at:

  1. Assessing the existing characterization and inventory tools/protocols.
  2. Designing a strategy to improve the utilization of the existing characterization and inventory tools/protocols.
  3. Identify key actors and outline their roles and responsibilities.

The meeting was attended by participants drawn from 22 African countries (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Republic of Central Africa, The Gambia, Ghana, Gabon, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Togo, Tunisia, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, and South Africa). The participants mainly comprised of technical experts stationed in livestock ministries, National, Regional and International research and training organizations/institutions. These included CIRDES, ILRI, BecA, NAGRC&DB, KALRO, ITRA, ISRA/LNERV, APRI, NARO, ARC-API, South Africa, Rwanda Agriculture Board, the Nelson-Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology "NM-AIST" of Tanzania, University of Tlemcen, Algeria, Nassarawa State University of Nigeria, University of Burundi, University of Koudougou, Burkina Faso, University of Dschang, Cameroon, University of Ghana, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, Makerere University, Uganda, ESA de Mateur - University of Carthage, Tunisia, University Félix HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY, Côte d'Ivoire;).

The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr N'Guetta Bosso, Technical Assistant for the Genetics Project, representing the Director of AU-IBAR. In his welcome remarks Dr Bosso, on behalf of the director of AU-IBAR, extended sincere greetings to all participants to the Workshop. He further extended special thanks and appreciation to the government of the United Republic of Tanzania for accepting to be the host of this workshop. He noted that worldwide efforts are being made to conserve and use genetic resources in a sustainable way and AU-IBAR, has also engaged in the field of sustainable utilization of genetic resources which includes conservation. He emphasized on the knowledge gap in characterization, inventory and monitoring, especially of African AnGR and recalled the objectives of the workshop. He mentioned that it would provide a practical platform to undertake a thorough assessment on the degree of adoption of the existing FAO guidelines. He ended wishing a constructive participation and the adoption of the best possible roadmap for the development of tools/protocols.

Dr. Yohana Budeba, Acting Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, welcomed the participants to the workshop. Dr. Budeba on behalf of the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Development, Dr. Titus Mlengeya Kamani, He extended a warm welcome to all the participants to the workshop and the appreciation for having chosen Tanzania to host the workshop. He noted the significant contributions of livestock to food security, livelihoods and as a key driver of wealth creation and economic development in many African countries. Despite these contributions, budgetary allocations to the sector continue to be relatively low compared with other sectors. One of the major reasons for this is the lack of information and appreciation of these valuable Animal Genetic Resources, particularly by policy and decision makers, and especially their contribution to national economies. He mentioned that characterization, surveying and monitoring are key elements in the development of effective AnGR utilization and management plans. He hoped that the deliberations will contribute to improvements in the records and information on the unique and invaluable animal genetic resources Africa is endowed with. He affirmed the commitment of the Federal Republic of Tanzania and took the opportunity to express sincere gratitude to AU-IBAR for its support. He concluded by declaring the workshop opened and wished success in the deliberations.

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Strengthening capacities on the genetic resources management in Central Africa and the West

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In the framework of the implementation of two initiatives that are, the AU-IBAR Genetics project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources" and the technical cooperation project between the Regional Office of FAO and AU-IBAR "Assistance for a Regional Initiative on Animal Genetic Resources in Africa" was held in the premises of CEBEVIRHA in N'Djamena, Chad from 28 to 30 August 2014, a regional workshop on "Strengthening capacities on the genetic resources management in Central Africa and the West".

The workshop registered the attendance of national coordinators of animal genetic resources, the focal points for the AU-IBAR project genetics from West and Central Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo), representatives of sub-regional, regional and international institutions (CEBEVIRHA, ECCAS, CIRDES, CORAF/WECARD, FAO, ITC/WALIC and AU-IBAR). The main objective was to strengthen the capacity of the sub-regional focal point (S-RFP) for West and Central Africa to improve the management of animal genetic resources through better coordination and networking.

More specifically, the workshop aimed to:

  • Assess the progress made in the implementation of the activities of the SRFP since the last meeting in Libreville in 2011;
  • Agree on the most desirable institutional set-up considering the progress assessed, the present institutional environment in West and in Central Africa
  • Agree/confirm the geographical coverage of the S-RFP or otherwise decide;
  • Select institution(s) to host the secretariat of the S-RFP(s);
  • Elect Steering committee(s) for the S-RFP(s);
  • Propose a mechanism for the sustainability of S-RPF(s) beyond projects support.
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Secretariats of Sub-Regional Focal Points for “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources” Project meet in Nairobi

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.A meeting of the Secretariats of the sub-regional focal points for the "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources" Project was held at the AU-IBAR offices, in Nairobi, Kenya on 15-16 July 2014.

Among the outcomes of the meeting was the unanimous agreement that AU-IBAR would be the Secretariat of a newly established Regional Focal Point (RFP) for Africa. The structure, membership and roadmap for the RFP was developed and agreed to by the participants.

The Secretariats represented were from Eastern Africa (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa - ASARECA), Southern Africa (Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa - CCARDESA ), Northern Africa (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique d'Algérie - INRAA) and Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricoles/ West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research Development - CORAF/WECARD) as the sub-regional research and development institution likely to host the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for West and Central Africa.

The overall objective of the meeting was to strengthen the capacity of S-RFPs to implement work programmes on African animal genetic resources (AnGR).

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First Steering Committee of the Project “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources”

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.July 2013-July 2014 marked the first year of operation of the Genetics Project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources". This initiative is a collaborative project aimed at strengthening the capacity of countries and Regional Economic Communities to sustainably use and conserve African animal genetic resources through institutionalizing national and regional policy, legal and technical instruments.

Members of the Genetics Project Steering Committee met on July 17, 2014 at the AU-IBAR premises, in Nairobi, Kenya with the following objectives: (i) To review and endorse the committee's Terms of References; ii) To review and endorse the technical and financial report; iii) To review and endorse the distribution of roles and responsibilities to implementing partners; iv) To endorse the project M&E Framework; v) To endorse the project Communication Strategy; vi) To provide guidance for the formulation of the project Exit Strategy; and vii) To discuss and provide guidance on issues arising from the first year of implementing the project.