In East Africa, the dairy value chain is considered very important and contributes significantly to the regional economies. This is further emphasized by the East African Community (EAC) and other stakeholders. Key intervention areas were identified to promote this priority livestock value chain in the region. One of the key interventions proposed is the promotion of utilization and adoption of application of the latest reproductive technologies to increase milk production in the respective member states. There is indeed room for growth and opportunities for East Africa to embrace available and novel technologies and innovations that will propel the value chain to function at the desired level. It is therefore pertinent that, the East African member states provide enabling environments for increased technology uptake, utilization and transfer.
As part of providing leadership and coordination in the sustainable development of the continent’s Animal Resources, AU-IBAR is implementing a 5-year project on “Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa - Live2Africa”. The Live2Africa project is a vehicle for the promotion of the implementation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and is aligned with Agenda 2063 development goals. One of the key project’s focus areas is to enhance utilization and adoption of technologies as well as build human capacities in priority livestock value chains in the regions. In line with AU-IBAR’s mandate, the Live2Africa project is training key stakeholders on the use of various assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) to ensure optimal milk production, processing and value addition.
Robust training is pertinent as it ultimately culminates in increased ART transfer and adoption across the region. The increased awareness creation through training further draws the attention of policy makers on the benefits of ARTs and ultimately triggers increased investment in the Dairy livestock value chain.
Dakar, Senegal November 11th, 2019
AU-IBAR is supporting an initiative on re-profiling of the veterinary profession, designing and rolling out of a Day 100 competencies curriculum for newly appointed Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) to serve their role in implementing their strategic, administrative and technical solutions to animal production/ health problems and to address the attendant challenges of the role. A workshop seeking to address the challenge facing animal health system and services in the majority of African countries and providing a possible direction that the veterinary profession might take to meet the challenge associated to a functional veterinary profession is being held in Dakar, Senegal from 11-15 November, 2019.
The workshop on the review and validation for re-profiling of veterinary profession is being held under the theme: "Leadership and Functional Competencies for Quality Veterinary Services". The workshop falls under the Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa (Live2Africa), a European Union funded programme with the overall mandate to strengthen systemic capacity of continental, regional and national animal sector stakeholders.
According to the findings of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) evaluations studies, Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) and GAP analysis carried out in the recent years, the performance of the veterinary sector in sub-Saharan Africa over the past years has faced the major burden of responsibility in seeking and applying technical solutions within the domain of institutional, financial, infrastructural and human resource environments.
The necessity of veterinary professionals to influence change in the policy environments they work in calls for veterinary services to set high visions, consonant with the great unexploited potential of the livestock sector and the manpower resources of Africa. These skills are particularly critical for new incoming Chief Veterinary Officers.
1st August 2019, Nairobi, Kenya - The critical role of Livestock Value Chains (LVCs) in achieving the agricultural transformation agenda is being demonstrated through the Live2Africa – an initiative of the African Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), with funding from the European Union.
Under this initiative, a Stocktaking workshop will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 5-8 August 2019.
Under the theme ‘Catalytic Actions to Boost Equitable Growth’, the workshop aims to define intervention areas along six regional selected priority livestock value chains in relation to past, on-going and planned initiatives to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated programme.
A cross-section of over 200 participants comprising representatives from the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the European Union and other donors, and several livestock sector actors will gather at the Safir Hotel, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt from 5th to 8th August 2019 to learn and exchange knowledge on LVCs. The Minister of Livestock Egypt, is expected to open the Stocktaking workshop. The Stocktaking meeting will be preceded by an Experts meeting on the 4th August, 2019. The Experts meeting will aim to review the Six Desk Reviews of the Regional Value Chain Strategies and the Consolidated Stocktaking Conceptual Framework that will guide the Stocktaking process.
The process to defining the various intervention areas in the 6 selected value chains will consider several key factors. Firstly, the process will aim to build a holistic understanding of the chain to enable optimal performance within each value chain. Secondly, specific steps to establishing priorities for action will include preparing strategic options and identifying problems that should be solved by each regional value chain. It is through the stocktaking exercise that a clearer picture indicating positive points, points requiring strengthening and improvements, including chances of growth and opportunities for each value chain will be discovered. At the end of the workshop the agreed recommendations to enhance the integration of results, programming and operations for a more cohesive approach to implementing the LVC interventions and actions will be communicated to all stakeholders.
In addition, another expected outcome of the Stocktaking Exercise will be to provide a structured opportunity to conduct a stakeholder and partnership analysis, and to identify opportunities for synergy, complementarity, enhanced strategic collaboration and stakeholder engagement.
- Development of a Business Model for the Establishment of Regional Technology and Innovation Incubation hubs in Africa (A-TiChubs)
- Communiqué - The Conference of the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V)
- AU-IBAR Convenes Stakeholders to Develop a Common Vision for Animal Health in Africa, 8-10 May 2018, Azure Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya