Africa is increasingly becoming a key player in acquiring, generating and applying knowledge to development challenges. Yet more needs to be done to make technology and innovation play its part in the quest for transformation and diversification of the African economies. Sustained support to help member States put in place a favorable technology transfer and innovation development environment to address member states pressing needs is required. The drive is to promote the growth of knowledge based economies for the African continent.
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 gives effect to 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 innovation development, generation and utilization of technologies, capacities and entrepreneurship skills of livestock value chain actors. Thus, the project seeks to establish Regional Technology and innovation incubation hubs in Africa (A-TiChubs). The impetus of the A-TiChubs creation is to provide creative spaces, infrastructural services, mentorship, intellectual property management, access to financial resources and networking opportunities for technology innovators, technology accelerators, agribusiness entrepreneurs, and technology entrepreneurs. The vision is that the A-Tichubs will be the centerpiece of revolutionizing technology, innovation, skills and promoting knowledge-based economies in the African livestock sector.
In light of this, a write-shop "Development of business model for the establishment of regional Technology and Innovation Incubation hubs in Africa (A-TiChubs)" was convened by AU-IBAR from 19th – 22nd November 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania. The consultative workshop was attended by a total of 35 participants who were drawn from selected Member States, Universities, Private sector, regional and International organizations amongst other key stakeholders. The meeting was officially opened by the Director of Veterinary Services, Professor Hezron Nonga.
The Pan-African Conference of the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V) was held on the 25th to 27th July 2018, at Safir Hotel, Cairo Egypt. It was held back to back with the Pan-Africa Conferences on veterinary statutory bodies and agribusiness networks of women and youth in the livestock sector.
The theme of the Conference was "unifying Africa to drive a more dynamic and inclusive animal resources sector for a prosperous future".
The Meeting of the Association of the Veterinary Education Establishments was attended by 77 representatives from 51 Veterinary Faculties, Colleges and Schools from 25 African Union Member States coming from all the 5 Regions of Africa. Representatives from Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Regional Office for Africa, COMESA and World Animal Protection also participated in the Conference.
The Conference was preceded by a meeting of a Task force comprising of 30 representatives from the VEEs who prepared various documents for consideration by the General Assembly.
The Pan-African conference on veterinary education establishments, veterinary statutory bodies and agribusiness networks of women and youth in the livestock sector was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, H.E. Prof Dr. Ezz El Din Abostate. The Opening Ceremony was also graced by the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy who read a statement on behalf of the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Josefa Sacko.
The Minister thereafter launched the following associations and Networks:
- Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V)
- Association of African Veterinary Statutory Bodies (2AVSB)
- African youth in livestock, fisheries and aquaculture incubation network (AYL-FAIN)
- African women in animal resources farming and agribusiness network (AWARFA-N)
A consultative forum on Animal Health Strategy for Africa (AHSA) was convened by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) from 8th-10th May 2018 at Azure Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya in the framework of Live2Africa programme. The overall objective of the workshop was to identify key priority areas and main component of AHSA and discuss the formation of the Continental Network of Public and Private Actors involved in Animal Health in Africa (CAHP-AFRICA).
In his opening remarks the Director of AU-IBAR Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy represented by Dr. Baboucarr Jaw (Chief Animal Health Officer) emphasized that the global aim of developing the AHSA was to provide an overarching strategy to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of interventions in Animal health on the Continent. He said AU-IBAR was committed to creating a platform through which all the efforts/instruments on animal health issues on the continent can be consolidated without compromising or duplication of efforts by partners.
The meeting was organized through sessions of power point presentations, working group and plenary discussions on various issues related to AH. The sessions and topics covered included review of Global and regional Frameworks, analysing the Animal health situation on the Continent, assessing the Capacity building, Research, Collaboration and Coordination efforts and reviewing useful lessons from Livestock keepers and the industry perspectives.