Workshop on Training of Trainers (ToT) on Technologies for the Promotion of Local Poultry Value Chain in Africa

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© 2021 AU-IBAR. Workshop on Training of Trainers (ToT) on Technologies for the Promotion of Local Poultry Value Chain in Africa.© 2021 AU-IBAR. Workshop on Training of Trainers (ToT) on Technologies for the Promotion of Local Poultry Value Chain in Africa.Douala, Cameroon
16th - 20th November 2020

A training workshop “Training of Trainers (ToT) on technologies for the promotion of local poultry value chain in Africa” was held from 16 to 20 November 2020 in Douala-Cameroon. This workshop was supported by the Live2Africa Project of AU-IBAR. The main objective of the workshop was to build the capacity of the participants on the latest technologies and developments in the local poultry value chain.

The specific objectives of the pilot ToT workshop in Cameroon were to:

  • Identify key components and priority interventions areas of the local poultry value chain in Cameroon
  • Validate and adopt models of community-based poultry breeding programmes while addressing technical gaps in the value chain
  • Highlight and promote the appropriate technology and start up innovations to sustain the Cameroon local poultry value chain
  • Design the way forward towards developing the local poultry cooperatives, Cameroon branches of the world Poultry science association (WPSA), Cameroon poultry inter-profession (IPAVIC) and the value chain
  • Develop a stepwise Action Plan to guide the sustainability of the Cameroon local poultry value chain.

Participants consisted of local poultry geneticists, scientists, producers, poultry equipment manufacturers, ICT start-ups, technology developers, feed producers, poultry cooperatives promoters and animal health service providers from the five agro-ecological zones of Cameroon. Also present were government officials from m the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries (MINEPIA), and the Regional Delegate for MINEPIA in the Littoral Region of Cameroon; World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) Cameroon branch; the Cameroon poultry inter-profession (IPAVIC). The training was facilitated by Drs Christian Keambou Tiambo from CTLGH/ILRI (Kenya) and Henri Rene Zambou from Equavet Group (Cameroon).


E- Launch of AWARFA-N Eastern Africa

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E- Launch of AWARFA-N Eastern Africa


In July 2018 the continental Chapter of the African Women in Animal Resources Farming and Agribusiness Network (AWARFA-N) was established as the Apex Pan-African Network to promote transformation and greater investment in women led animal resources farming and agribusiness.

AWARFA-N Eastern Africa, under the leadership of its interim President Agnes Kirabo, is planning to launch its regional Chapter on 27th November 2020 from13.00 to 16.00 hours East African Standard Time.

The E-Conference will include the following:

  • Institutionalization of the Network: Presentation and Adoption of the Regional Statutes and the Three
    Year Strategy and Business Plan (2021 – 2023); and Presentation of Country Reports and One Year
    Action Plans
  • A Panel: ‘Financing Packages to Grow and Strengthen Competitive Capacity of Women in Animal Resources
    Farming and Agribusiness Enterprises’. Panellists are drawn from the Islamic Development Bank, Bank of
    Uganda, the National Bank of Kenya, and Kenya Dairy Board, with AWARFA-N Members from Sudan,
    Somaliland, and Uganda.
  • Launch of AWARFA-N EA as a regional agribusiness, marketing and trade cooperation mechanism
    among Women in Animal Resources, Farming and Agribusinesses; Launch of the AWARFA-N Newsletter
    and Community of Practice and the official launch of the AWARFA-N Logo, and Launch.

Agenda - E- Launch of AWARFA-N Eastern Africa
Date 2020-11-27 Language  English Filesize 3.55 MB


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8

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Notification - Alert

From: AUC Technical Offices AU-IBAR, AU-PANVAC and Africa-CDC
To:  AU Member States



As of 22 November 2020, a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 outbreak in wild birds and poultry has been reported in 12 countries, mainly in western Europe. The virus has been carried across from Southern Russia to Kazakhstan, and now Eastern Europe through migratory birds heading back to their winter feeding grounds primarily in Africa. As these are migratory birds, and even poultry flocks or products, coming into Africa from the affected regions could be carrying the virus, this poses a threat to poultry flock health, farmer livelihoods, and food security on the continent. And while this particular virus has not caused illness in humans to date, the likelihood of a spill-over event that could impact human health should not be ignored.


The HPAI H5N8 virus of concern is of the H5 clade that has been circulating across Eurasia and into Africa since 2016. The first report regarding this current outbreak came from southern Russian in late July. To date, 12 countries have been impacted: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, and the UK. The species most commonly affected have been wild and domestic fowl (e.g. domestic ducks, geese, chickens, swans).

While the original virus has reassorted with other wild bird influenza viruses to form new strains of H5N5 and H5N1 HPAI virus, no evidence of spillover of this clade into human populations has been detected. However, direct transmission from an infected bird or through another infected animal reservoir, while rare, is possible.

According to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports, several African countries have reported previous HPAI H5 or H7 outbreaks over the past 5 years. Specifically, all five AU regions and at least 15 AU Member States have been impacted (Table 1). Nigeria and South Africa are the only two countries reporting ongoing H5 outbreaks this year.