The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is the African Union's technical organ for livestock issues. AU-IBAR is coordinating the implementation of results three and four given its institutional position, its mandate and specific politically-endorsed role in the execution of the CAADP. In its strategic plan 2014-2017, AU-IBAR has a major programme of enhancing Africa's capacity to conserve and sustainably use its animal resources and their natural resource base. The objective of this programme is to catalyse the development of policies and actions that will lead to the sustainable use and management of animal resources and the natural resource base on which they depend. Activities under this programme will contribute to improved awareness by policy makers and the general public. It also spells out clearly the role it will play in strengthening the capacity of African countries to conserve and sustainably use bees for food security and through the development of policies and regulatory frameworks and the promotion of actions to implement them.
The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) is leading and coordinating the implementation of results one and two.
RECs (EAC, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD and SADC)
Given their lead role in the implementation of the CAADP agenda and their coordination and harmonization role of regional livestock matters, the Regional Economic Communities are crucial in the implementation of the project and also beneficiaries of the programme. They will on one side play an active role in project implementation, using their convening power at regional level, and will be instrumental in mainstreaming bees for food security into national and regional agricultural investment plans.
The Members States
To ensure sustainability and ownership, the project is being implemented in close collaboration with state actors. All the ministries and other public good providers that intervene in the animal production sector (including in the design and enforcement of regulatory frameworks, required for the preservation of bees) are involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the proposed action. Priority is given to states actors in direct implementation, with non-state actors providing technical backstopping and capacity building where and when necessary.
Stakeholders of the Apiculture Value Chain
There are a number of beekeepers' associations and other related apicultures associations across the regions that aim at promoting beekeeping. Beekeepers associations are guardians of a vital worker bee. They strive to represent the interests of their Members on issues that impact upon their profitability and sustainability. They act as lobbying group for the voices of beekeepers at national level to influence national policies and also as platform to transmit knowledge and technological innovations.