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Enhancing Antimicrobial Resistance Coordination work and Governance in Africa

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Antimicrobials play a critical role in the treatment of human, animal and plant diseases. Their use are essential to food production, safety and security and our well-being. Over the years, the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials have facilitated the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant micro-organisms, hence placing everyone at risk regardless of income, age, and gender. This risk is exacerbated in countries where the regulatory, surveillance and monitoring systems are weak or inadequate for the prevention and control of AMR.

In order to address some of the AMR challenges the African Union Commission (AUC), Regional Tripartite (FAO, WHO and OIE) and UNEP, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), selected Member States and stakeholders from civil society and the private sector held a virtual training and consultative meeting from 16th to 18th February 2021. The objectives of the event were to:

i. Improve awareness, knowledge and skills on AMR from a One Health perspective among livestock, fishery/aquaculture, agriculture, environment and public health experts in RECs.
ii. Identify possible entry points into the vast on-going AMR initiatives in the continent as well as potential collaborations
iii. Develop a draft action plan for Regional Economic Communities on AMR focusing on technical and programmatic support for implementing of National Antimicrobial Plans for their member states and the Regional Economic Communities’ role in supporting sub-regional coordination mechanisms for AMR.

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The African Union Task Force for AMR control whose secretariat is jointly held by AU-IBAR and Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented ongoing AMR work in the Commission and also provided highlights of the Africa Union Common Position on AMR and the AU framework for AMR control. These two documents were endorsed by the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union in February 2020. The FAO, WHO, OIE, UNEP, and ILRI also shared information on their available program and tools on AMR.

 

 Key outcomes of the training and consultative meeting were:
• Commitment to working with RECs to implement priority actions given that RECs are the pillars in coalescing member states to take action on AMR
• Commitment to the One Health approach for addressing the AMR threat in Africa
• The need for nature-based solutions to address AMR
• Work sharing arrangements that facilitate equitable distribution of resources for addressing AMR in Africa

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Africa Blue Economy Strategy: AU- IBAR shares experience and knowledge on the Coral Reef fisheries and attendant benefits in livelihoods, food security, and protection of the environment

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What are AU-IBAR’s perspectives on Coral Reef fisheries and attendant benefits? What are the consequences with regards to livelihoods, food security and environmental threats? Hellen Moepi, Fisheries Officer at AU IBAR, answers these concerns based on the Africa Blue Economy Strategy. There are presented during her opening speech on behalf of the AU IBAR Acting Director during the workshop of launching the project for “Enhancing Livelihoods, Food Security and Maritime Safety through Increased Resilience of Fishing Communities Dependent on Coral Reef Fisheries in the African Coastal Counties of the Indian Ocean” held on 23rd February 2021 in Kilifi County, Kenya. The project is implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with the support of Government of Japan.

The Africa Blue Economy Strategy has a vision for an inclusive and sustainable blue economy that significantly contributes to Africa’s transformation and growth and aims to guide the development of an inclusive and sustainable blue economy. The strategy is a significant contributor to continental change and growth through advancing knowledge on marine and aquatic biotechnology, environmental sustainability, the growth of an Africa-wide shipping industry, the development of sea, river and lake transport, the management of fishing activities on these aquatic spaces, and the exploitation and beneficiation of deep sea mineral and other resources.

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The prominent place of working animals in food safety

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  zoom reunion on food security© 2021 AU-IBAR. Zoom conference on the prominent place of working animals in food safety

A virtual conference on the role of working animals in food security during the COVID 19 pandemic was held on February 10, 2021. It was organized by Brooke Hospital for animals, a member of the coalition for action for animal health, in partnership with AU- IBAR. The event was also an occasion to present the report on “the contribution of working livestock to the food security agenda for policy and programming: the urgent case for recognition.”
Civil society experts, international organizations, and academia from around the world participated in the conference.

The conference recalled that, in Africa, small-scale farmers produce half of the food requirements in calories. These small producers play a key role in reducing hunger and malnutrition. As in almost all sectors, the COVID pandemic has had adverse effects on famers’ activities. For instance productivity and production has slowed down and a poor market prices is observed in some countries. Most of these farmers are women, and many of them depend on working animals to cultivate and irrigate their crops for income, enabling them to meet their basic needs, including food.

“It is important to keep in mind that working livestock are critical assets to their owners. They provide direct income across a wide range of sectors, particularly agriculture and also enable economic activities and time savings for their owners. Working animals, like horses and donkeys, play a vital role in facilitating farmer agriculture and food production. However, it’s observed policies and program on working animals are rarely appear on the agendas in international forums. ” indicates Hiver Boussini, Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR.

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