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Strategic Programme 5 : Knowledge Management

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4. Key Results Areas

The key results areas include:

  • Increased competitiveness of African animal products on domestic and international markets through improved production and productivity as well as compliance with global standards. The availability of information on best practices (i.e. management, production, health, feed, processing etc) packaged in the right format for the right target groups will assist producers in making production decisions. Likewise, the efficient management of information on markets (local or international), knowledge of consumer preferences and market requirements, and compliance with these, will improve market access (national, regional and international) for African animal products.
  • Effective and timely response to disease outbreaks; transparency and adherence to international standards. The collection, swift transfer, collation and analysis of disease surveillance data supported by laboratory evidence are the basis for early warning and early reaction. Efficient management of this component enables veterinary authorities to take appropriate measures in a timely manner in the face of emerging or reemerging TADs and zoonoses. Furthermore, the sharing of surveillance information with international organizations and trading partners enhances transparency and builds confidence, opening up markets for African animal products.
  • Increased awareness of the contribution of animal resources to livelihoods and GDP resulting in improving investments in the sector. Although the contribution of the animal resources sector to food security, employment, wealth-creation and foreign currency earning is well understood in many African countries, the quantification and packaging of the information for the right audience at the right time has always been a challenge. Availability and use of credible and quality information has the potential to influence policy makers and to increase investment in the sector. Compelling data on the contribution of animal resources to GDPs, as well as current investments in the sector by Member States, are major gaps.
  • Evidence-based policy formulation at all levels. Formulation of policies and strategies in the African animal resources sector often lack the necessary scientific evidence. The availability of reliable, complete and timely information will guide the development of policies and strategies at national, regional and continental levels.
  • Capacity building of African experts involved in the sector. AU-IBAR has the responsibility of educating and creating awareness among the general public and providing information to other users. In order to provide adequate service to its main clients, i.e. animal resources professionals in Member States, AU-IBAR will, through this programme, provide data, information and knowledge which will form a basis for critical analyses, feeding into professional development and training programmes.

Outcomes and impacts

When delivered, the outcomes of activities in this programme will include: evidence-based policy formulation at country, regional and continental levels; more effective and timely response to disease outbreaks; increased awareness of the contribution of animal resources to livelihoods and GDP resulting in increased investments in the sector; and increased competitiveness of African animal products on domestic, regional and international markets.