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Communiqué - Expert Review Meeting on Findings of the Verifcation Missions to Short-Listed Institutions for Selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture

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© 2018 AU-IBAR. Expert Review Meeting on Findings of the Verifcation Missions to Short-Listed Institutions for Selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture; 29-30 May 2018, AU-IBAR Office Nairobi, Kenya.© 2018 AU-IBAR. Expert Review Meeting on Findings of the Verifcation Missions to Short-Listed Institutions for Selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture; 29-30 May 2018, AU-IBAR Office Nairobi, Kenya.In accordance with the ongoing process for the selection of reputable institutions as Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa, AU-IBAR organized a series of verification missions to the short listed Institutions in Nigeria, Malawi, Egypt and South Africa for the experts assessment for their selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Against this background an Expert Review Meeting on Findings of The Verification Missions to Short-Listed Institutions for Selection as African Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture was organised by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) within the provisions of the Fisheries Governance Project with support from European Union. The meeting was held from the 29th to 30th of May, 2018 at AU-IBAR offices in Nairobi, Kenya as a follow-up to the recommendation of the Planning Meeting for Experts Verification Mission, held in March, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The main objectives of this Experts Review meeting were to undertake a detailed technical review of the findings by the Expert Mission, for informed decision making on selection of the institutions that were assessed by the experts; and to propose appropriate recommendations on the way forward.

The meeting was attended by 8 Experts from AquaEco, South Africa; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; WAFICOS, Uganda; University of Zambia; ‎Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana; Alexandria University, Egypt; University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone; a retired Director of AU-IBAR Dr. Modibo Traore as the Technical Team Leader of the Verification Mission and relevant staff from AU-IBAR.

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Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa (BAHPA) Special Edition of March 2018 – Fish Trade and Marketing

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Trade plays a major role in the fisheries and aquaculture sector as an employment creator, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development, and to food and nutrition security (with fish constituting an important source of nutrients for the poor and often being the cheapest form of animal protein). The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is implementing two fisheries projects: Fisheries governance Project and the Fish trade Project.

The Fisheries Governance Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa" currently implemented by AU-IBAR and NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), 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.
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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).