Under 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 Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) in collaboration with the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organized a workshop to convene the 4th General Assembly and the Steering Committee meeting of the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for the management of animal genetic resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa from 9th - 11th October, 2017, in Quatre Bornes, Mauritius. The project is being implemented with the support from the European Union and the African Union Commission. The project aims at facilitating and fast tracking the implementation of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for sustainable use of AnGR in Africa.
The meeting was attended by 34 participants representing SADC stakeholders involved in AnGR management, comprising mainly National Coordinators from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia; representatives of: COMESA, SADC, AU-IBAR, CCARDESA, ILRI, University of Stellenbosch, Tuli Cattle Breeders Society of Zimbabwe, Heifer International and Livestock Registrar and Studbook of Botswana and South Africa, respectively.
AU-IBAR is currently implementing a project “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources” with the support from the European Union and the African Union Commission. The project aims at facilitating and fast-tracking the implementation of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for sustainable use of animal genetic resources (AnGR) in Africa.
On 24th - 26th July 2016, the AU-IBAR Genetics Project held two consecutive meetings (Technical and Steering Committee) in Cairo, Egypt. The main objective of the 1st meeting (Technical) was to critically discuss the technical merits and progress made by the project towards attainment of the goals. The meeting offered a platform for technical experts drawn from Member States (MS) (Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria and Senegal), the Secretariats of the Sub-Regional Focal Points (S-RFPs) for AnGR (CCARDESA, CEBEVIRHA, CORAF/WECARD and INRAA) and the projects’ implementing partners (CIRDES and ILRI) to review the achievements and challenges of the project and map the way forward. The Steering Committee (SC) meeting was attended by MS (Senegal, Chad, Mauritania, Malawi, Ethiopia and Egypt), RECs (UMA, SADC, ECCAS and IGAD), implementing partners (CIRDES and ILRI), S-RFPs (CORAF/WECARD, CCARDESA, CEBEVIRHA and INRAA), Farmers Organizations (Rwanda National Dairy Platform (RNDP) and Union Maghrébine des Associations Ovines et Caprines (WAMIP). In the technical meeting, participants discussed specific technical aspects of the project and the outcomes were presented to the SC members. The SC meeting discussed the status of the implementation of the Genetics project (technical, financial and Monitoring and Evaluation) as well as the project’s Year 4 Work plan.
From 11th to 12th May 2016, the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) jointly with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organized the “Livestock Technical Committee (LTC) meeting on the establishment of the Regional gene bank and on the host Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for animal genetic resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa”.
The meeting held in Gaborone, Botswana brought together the members of the Livestock Technical Committee represented by the Directors of Veterinary Services and the Directors of Animal Production (from Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe), other stakeholders of the LTC (ILRI “International Livestock Research Institute”, OIE “World Animal Health Organization” and BVI “Botswana Vaccine Institute”); the Steering Committee members of the S-RFP for AnGR in Southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe) and its Secretariat CCARDESA (Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa), the Non-State actors (Heifer International) and AU-IBAR.
Africa is endowed with a rich diversity of animal genetic resources (AnGR) which play a very important role in the livelihoods of millions of Africans making invaluable contributions to food security and economic development. However, Africa has been losing some of its important AnGR due to various factors including indiscriminate crossbreeding, poor and uncoordinated breeding programmes and lack of supportive policies and legislation and deliberate conservation initiatives, among others. The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) Genetics Project “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources” is implementing an activity “Support for the establishment of regional/sub-regional facilities for ex situ conservation, in particular cryogenic storage and establish gene banks for AnGR” which seeks to support the conservation and sharing of animal genetic materials. Five gene banks have since been identified and endorsed by Member States (MS) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the various regions to serve as regional gene banking facilities. This approach will promote regional cooperation and integration through sharing of available resources for the in situ and ex situ conservation of AnGR.
An Expert meeting was convened by AU-IBAR from the 21st to 23rd April 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda and was officially opened by Dr Theogene Rutagwenda, Director of Animal Resources Development representing the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Agnes Matilda Kalibata. A total of fifty one (51) participants drawn from Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Netherlands were in attendance. Representatives from the following RECs: CENSAD, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, SADC and UMA and continental institutions: AU-PANVAC and African Regional Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ARIPO) also attended the meeting. Two experts from Senegal (Alain Kamga), Nigeria (Aludayo Amokaye) and representatives from AU-IBAR facilitated the meeting.
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