Current Programmes and Projects



Special December 2016 Edition of the BAHPA – Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources

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Fisheries and aquaculture make critical contributions to economic activities in Africa especially in the areas of rural development, improved livelihood, employment (the vast majority of whom live in the rural areas, working in fish production); food security and nutrition (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein); and trade, (with a third of fishery commodity production in developing countries destined for export).

The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) through the Fisheries Governance Project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa” targets at enhancing the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and economic growth in Africa by improving institutional and policy environment for sustainable management and utilization of fisheries resources in Africa.

The specific objective of the project is achieved through the following results areas:

  • Result 1: Institutional capacity and regulatory frameworks for sustainable fisheries management improved;
  • Result 2: Sustainable fisheries management in small-scale fisheries including inland water bodies enhanced;
  • Result 3: Institutional capacity and regulatory framework for aquaculture development strengthened;
  • Result 4: Advocacy, Lessons Learning for knowledge sharing and Capacity for increased investments and fostering reforms in the fisheries sector enhanced.

Promoting innovation, activism and improving knowledge transfer to end-users is considered an effective approach in implementing Result 4 for progressive integration of fisheries and aquaculture in the Agricultural Transformation Agenda and linkages for investment across Africa. To this effect AU-IBAR would like to commemorate the significance of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa through the publication of a Special December 2016 Edition of the Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA).


Consultative Workshop on Aquaculture Environmental Management West and Central African Regions

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants at the Consultative Workshop.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo of participants at the Consultative Workshop.Yaoundé, Cameroun, 7th to 10th December, 2015. The Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) placed emphasis on jumpstarting market-led sustainable aquaculture through a variety of strategies and, where appropriate, support interventionist development approaches supported by strong strategic and implementation plans. In this regard the importance of strengthening capacities and policy frameworks for environmental monitoring, habitat and ecosystems preservation in aquaculture practices is emphasised.

In line with above, the Fisheries Governance Project currently being implemented by AU-IBAR, has provided for an activity to develop Regional Frameworks on Environmental Management for Aquaculture. For sustainable aquaculture development at this level, there is need to develop and implement strategic sectoral environment management approaches that do not just focus at the farm but also factor in the wider environment. Aquaculture practice is dependent upon the health of entire ecosystem. Effecting sustainable aquaculture development encompassing the principles of Ecosystem Approach in Aquaculture EAA) therefore requires transboundary initiatives. Common, coherent and practical regional frameworks and policies that promote the development and practice of aquaculture within watershed resource limits in this case are critical. Having such guidelines in place will enable member states make appropriate and more realistic aquaculture development plans, approve appropriate projects and institute environmental management assessments more effectively.


Fisheries and Aquaculture Projects on the African Continent

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The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has noted that there are several projects and initiatives implemented on the continent contributing to the same ultimate goal. These different projects often cover the same geographical area and populations and frequently with the same actors. This situation makes difficult the visibility of the projects impacts and their real contribution has the sought-after common objective, the one of the sustainable management of the fisheries resources to reinforce their contribution to the food security and the economic growth in Africa.

To improve the consistency and the complementarity of the actions, AU-IBAR has embarked in the development of a metadatabase of fisheries and aquaculture projects on the continent. This database will provide information on what is been done where and by who and could be used for lessons learnt and information sharing that could lead into identification of areas that are not addressed and also reduce duplication for efficient use of resources. It’s in this frame that a request was sent to Director of fisheries and aquaculture of the African Union Member States, Development Partners, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, Non State Actors Organisation, etc.

We present here the preliminary results from this exercise and AU-IBAR would like sincerely thank you for your efforts and continuous support in achieving its mandate. Click Here to get access to the Inventory of Projects.

The questionnaire is available and can be sent to you if requested by:
Ms Hellen Moepi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and
Mr Joseph Mbane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Projets sur les pêches et Aquaculture sur le Continent Africain

Le Bureau Africain pour les Ressources Animales (UA-BIRA) a noté qu'il y a plusieurs projets et initiatives mise en œuvre sur le continent contribuant au même but ultime. Ces différents projets couvrent souvent la même région géographique et populations et fréquemment avec les mêmes acteurs. Cette situation rend difficile la visibilité des impacts de ces projets et leur contribution réelle a l’objectif commun recherché, celui de la gestion durable des ressources halieutiques pour renforcer leur contribution à la sécurité alimentaire et la croissance économique en Afrique.

Pour améliorer la cohérence et la complémentarité des actions des projets, l’UA-BIRA a lancé le développement d'une base de métadonnées des projets de pêches et de l'aquaculture sur le continent. Cette base de données fournira des informations sur ce qui a été fait où et par qui et pourrait être utilisée pour des leçons apprises et partage d’information qui pourrait guider l'identification des domaines qui ne sont pas abordées et également de réduire la duplication pour une utilisation efficace des ressources. C’est dans ce cadre qu’une requête a été envoyée au Directeur des Pêches et de l’Aquaculture des États Membres de l’Union Africaine, Partenaires au développement, Communautés Économiques Régionales, Organisations Régionales des Pêches, Organisations Régionales de Gestion des Pêches, Organisations des Acteurs Non-Étatiques, etc.

Nous présentons ici les premiers résultats issus de cet exercice et l’UA-BIRA aimerait sincèrement vous remercier pour vos efforts et soutien continu dans l’accomplissement de son mandat. Cliquez ici pour accéder à l'inventaire des projets.

Le questionnaire est disponible et peut vous être envoyé par :
Mlle Hellen Moepi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. et
M. Joseph Mbane: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.