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Strategic Programme 4 : Animal Resources Information and Knowledge Management

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Key Result Areas

1. Data and information management systems, tools and technologies strengthened

The existence of different sources of animal resources data at the national level and outside the ministry responsible for animal resources, which could be used by the latter for enhanced planning, constitutes an opportunity if functional linkages are established between the different sources of data. AU-IBAR started modernizing its information management capacity through one of its earlier projects (PACE) by introducing ICT infrastructure, systems and, more recently, the Animal Resources Information System (ARIS). With the RECs and MSs, AU-IBAR has the necessary channels to obtain data and to disseminate information and knowledge to end-users.

This results area, therefore, will include:

  • Strengthening data and information management technologies (e.g.ARIS) and tools, and deploying for effective use at continental and regional levels. This could include mechanisms for continued adoption and use of innovations in ICT, particularly the widespread adoption and use of ARIS at the national and regional levels.
  • Develop and establish open source tools and platforms for sharing of data and exchange of information with national and regional organizations/research institutions on animal resources in the continent.
  • Encouraging more investment for establishing or strengthening national databases. Producing relevant, timely, reliable, independent, data on animal resources by MSs.
  • Strengthening ARIS at AU-IBAR level, including making the system inter-operable with other information systems at the national, regional, continental and global levels.
  • Strengthen AU-IBAR's knowledge management capability through upgrading and strengthening of the intranet and continuous modernisation of the AU-IBAR library system.
  • Developing analytical tools and methodologies to generate quality information on disease situations, animal production, fisheries, marketing and trade, the contribution of animal resources to livelihoods and GDP, as well as tracking the level of investments by MSs and the private sector.