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Strategic Objective of the Strategic Plan 2018-2023

This strategic plan is developed based on the foregoing background information, opportunities and challenges in the Animal Resource (AR) Sector (consisting of livestock, fisheries and wildlife subsectors); lessons learnt from the implementation of the SP 2014-2017; and the AU-IBAR vision, mission, mandate, core values, strategic niche and functions. Consequently, the following five Strategic Objectives have been identified to guide the work of AU-IBAR for the 2018 – 2023 period:

  1. To Support Capacity Development for Improved Human Resources and Institutional Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Delivery of Services;
  2. To facilitate the formulation and harmonization of evidence-based and coherent polices for increased public investment and private sector productivity and competitiveness in order to transform the animal resources sector;
  3. To enhance coordination, partnership and the African Voice at national, regional and continental levels;
  4. To Support Active Private Sector Engagement for Increased Investment from public and private sources for the transformation of the animal resources sector to enhance its contribution to socio-economic development and equitable growth;
  5. To improve generation, dissemination and utilization of knowledge for sustainable animal resources development.

Consequently, it is intended that proper implementation of this strategic plan would yield the following outcomes:

  1. Strengthened capacities to implement AR initiatives at national, regional and continental levels through revitalization of AR institutions; enhanced capacities of RECs to develop and implement AR movement and trade facilitation mechanisms; improved deployment and utilization of human resources and value-adding mobility of AR professionals between Member States; and enhanced capacities for pan-African coordination of animal resources initiatives as would be evidenced through increased intra-African trade in animals and animal products under the Continental Free
    Trade Agreement (CFTA);
  2. Enhanced private sector productivity and competitiveness, linked to increased public investment in ARs and the empowerment and promotion of women and youth participation in national, regional, continental and global ARs value chains. This will be stimulated through the formulation and harmonization of appropriate evidence-based and coherent polices aimed at transforming the ARs sector;
  3. The African Voice on ARs and Natural Resources Management (NRM) at national, regional and continental levels strengthened by putting in place institutional arrangements to support Member States’ coordination, partnerships and inclusive participation in articulating common positions on ARs and NRM; facilitating and influencing the formulation of national, regional, continental and global agreements and standards that are responsive to Africa’s stakeholders’ needs and aspirations; and promoting better institutional arrangements for efficient, effective and sustainable
    development of animal resources along the value chains in Africa as well as the management of natural resources;
  4. Increased private sector engagement and investment in animal resources management and utilization for improved livelihoods through enhancement of institutional capacities and regulatory frameworks for entrepreneurship and creation of a conducive environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) involvement in sustainable development and utilization of ARs; and strengthening of innovative partnerships to mobilize resources for an all-inclusive marketoriented ARs sector, within the framework of the CFTA;
  5. Enhanced knowledge generation, storage and dissemination for sustainable development and utilization of ARs through enhancement of capacities for knowledge and data generation and management to strengthen evidence-based planning and implementation of initiatives in the ARs sector; review and development of policies/resolutions by MSs and RECs based on research knowledge and analyses provided by established information sharing and communication systems; strengthening of information and reporting systems (e.g. ARIS) at national, regional and global levels and networking/information sharing, and community of practice (e.g. forums, networks
    and portals); and, enhancing the level of education and skills of African citizenry in generation of knowledge and adoption of technology and innovation in ARs at Member States and REC levels.