- Strong and clear demand for policy support, including capacity building in policy development and implementation by RECs and Member States.
- Development partners (public and private) recognise the large gaps in animal resources policy and capacity in Africa.
- AU-IBAR's current network involving many international organisations with relevant experience and skills in policy development (e.g. FAO's Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Initiative – PPLPI).
- AU-IBAR's access to academic institutions in and out of Africa with which it can develop partnerships for capacity development in policy and technical areas.
4. Key Results Areas
As the AU technical agency charged with animal resources, AU-IBAR has the responsibility for identifying policy gaps in the area and working with RECs and Member States to catalyse policy development processes: providing evidence as needed, supporting institutions and policy formulation processes, ensuring coherence across countries and regions (as well as with National Poverty Reduction Strategies) and putting in place modalities, including capacity development, to facilitate their implementation. Thus, AUIBAR's role in the policy arena will include provision of evidence to inform policy formulation, and capacity building and advocacy to ensure effective implementation.
AU-IBAR's role in this area will include analysis of the policy landscape to identify gaps that relate to animal resources development and to provide required support to address existing gaps, as well as being fully informed of new major regional and continental agricultural policy initiatives so as to contribute on aspects that have a bearing on animal resources development. AU-IBAR will also support RECs and Member States in translating the international policy
agenda relevant for animal resources development into effective national strategies and programmes. AU-IBAR's policy work will be underpinned by strong capacity building and advocacy activities, working with other AU-IBAR strategic programmes, with special attention to the following focal areas:
- Provision of support to RECs and Member States in the mapping and analysis of policies on animal resources development and in formulation, harmonization and advocacy. This will include policies related to promotion of intra-regional trade (adoption of common/international SPS standards; reduction or elimination of tariffs on cross-border trade) and those aimed at facilitating joint management of cross-border inter- and intra-regional resources (fish stocks, pasture lands and wildlife).
- Support RECs and Member States in translating international policy agendas relevant for animal resources development into effective national strategies and programmes.
- Coordination and standardization of regional information and early warning systems and – in collaboration with the Knowledge Management programme – mechanisms for exchange of information/peer-learning on agricultural practices, technologies and policies.
- Support to African veterinary and animal sciences tertiary education institutions to facilitate revision of their curricula in order to enhance their context relevance in technical and policy areas.
- Institutional development to enhance strategic capacity along the value chain so as to enhance the contribution of animal resources to human livelihoods especially for poor producers. This will include capacity building of producer and sectororganizations involved in animal produce.
Outcomes and impact
The formulation and implementation of harmonized policies and institutional reforms will improve livestock health and production, enhance market access and food safety, improve public and private sector investments to enhance the competitiveness of African animal products at the national, regional and global levels, and enhance application of trade and market standards. The overall effect will be improved animal resources management, with a positive impact on human wellbeing.