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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Burundi Commends AU-IBAR for the Timely Support through the VET-GOV Programme

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. From Left to Right, VET-GOV Project Officer, Permanent Secretary and Director of Veterinary Service Burundi.© 2014 AU-IBAR. From Left to Right, VET-GOV Project Officer, Permanent Secretary and Director of Veterinary Service Burundi.Presiding over the opening ceremony on the launching of the Burundi national livestock policy hub which took place from 21st to 23rd May 2014 at King's Hotel, Bujumbura, the permanent secretary ministry of agriculture and livestock, Mr JOSEPH NDUWIMANA expressed gratitude to the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union (AU-IBAR) for its continued support. He reiterated that the government of Burundi is cognizant of the pivotal role of livestock in national socio-economic development and will therefore spare no effort in building strategic partnerships for the development of the sector. He reminded participants of 2 major events that took place in 2013, the national livestock stakeholders workshop facilitated by VET-GOV and the colloquium on the development of the sector. He urged participants to critically reflect on the recommendations of those 2 important national events with a view to coming up with a well thought action plan which will be the basis of the VET-GOV engagement.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • to bring together policy hub members nominated by their institutions following a request by the minister of agriculture and livestock
  • to critically review the action plan proposed by the national stakeholders workshop and develop roadmaps for implementing the priorities
  • to draft concept notes and request to be submitted to AU-IBAR and partners for technical and financial support.
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VET-GOV Engages the Livestock Private Sector in SADC

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.The workshop on the "Development of the Support Strategy and Action Plan for Livestock Farmers' Associations and Apex Organizations" was held at the Centurion Lake Hotel, Pretoria, from 28th – 30th April, 2014. In attendance at the opening ceremony was the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), Mr Johnson Bungu Marketing Advisor, representing the CEO of SACAU and eleven (11) invited delegates from SADC Member States (Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe) see Annex. The workshop was officially opened by Dr Baboucarr Jaw, the VET-GOV Project Officer, who represented the Director of Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The VET-GOV Regional Coordinator delegated to SADC Dr Peter Sinyangwe assisted in the facilitation of the workshop.

The delegates at workshop were drawn from the National Livestock Policy Hubs and representatives of the Regional Farmers' Organizations (RFO) from SADC Member States (MS).

Cognizant of the inclination of regional farmers' organisations towards crops, there is a need for more clarity on the place of livestock in these farmers' organizations to enable better targeting of VET-GOV Programme interventions. This need informed the decision to commission consultancies on the assessment of livestock related capacity of regional farmers' organisations. The objective of the assessment is therefore to create a better understanding of the place of livestock in these regional farmers' organizations including the scope of issues addressed; capacity and internal arrangements in place to facilitate the engagement with livestock issues for future VET-GOV Programme support.

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VET-GOV Engages the Livestock Private Sector in EAC, COMESA and IGAD

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Workshop participants.The workshop on the development of the support strategy and action plan for livestock farmers' associations and apex organizations was held at the Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, from the 23rd-25th April 2014. In attendance at the opening ceremony were the EAC Senior Livestock Officer, Mr Timothy Wesonga, representing the Secretary General of the East African Community, the CEO of Eastern Africa Farmers' Federation, Mr Steve Muchiri and the EU Delegation Programme Manager for Kenya, Mr David Mwangi Njuru. The workshop was opened by Dr Soumare Baba, the Chief Animal Health Officer (CAHO), who represented the Director of AU-IBAR. The participants at workshop were the National Livestock Policy Hub Focal points and representatives of the farmers' organizations from the COMESA, EAC and IGAD Member States.

Cognizant of the inclination of regional farmers' organisations towards crops, there is a need for more clarity on the place of livestock in these farmers' organizations to enable better targeting of VET-GOV Programme interventions. This need informed the decision to commission consultancies on the assessment of livestock related capacity of regional farmers' organisations. The objective of the assessment is therefore to create a better understanding of the place of livestock in these regional farmers' organizations including the scope of issues addressed; capacity and internal arrangements in place to facilitate the engagement with livestock issues for future VET-GOV Programme support.

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African OIE Delegates reached common positions on animal health standards

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.AU-IBAR, under the scope of the consolidation phase of the project Participation of African Nations in Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard Setting Organizations (PANSPSO Phase 2), convened the sixth meeting for OIE delegates, from 5th to 7th May 2014 in Nairobi to examine the proposed changes in the OIE Terrestrial and Aquatic Codes submitted for adoption during the General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates to take place in Paris, France from 25th to 30th May 2014.

Of attendance were thirty eight African Delegates from Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Democratic Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. IGAD was the only regional economic community represented.

At attendance were representative of FAO (ECTAD Nairobi) and OIE (OIE Regional representative for Africa, OIE sub-regional office for East Africa)
The African OIE Delegates and the representatives of RECs agreed on common positions that the 52 African countries members of OIE will present at the 82nd General Session of OIE. The meeting recommended to African OIE Delegates absent at the meeting in Nairobi to support the common positions in order for Africa to speak with ONE VOICE.

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Bridging the gap between veterinary technical knowledge and practice: 25 veterinary officers from the Greater Horn of Africa complete an 18 weeks training course in Management Skills Development

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. A participant Dr. Aluma Ameri from South Sudan receives a certificate from the Chief Veterinary officer, Kenya, Dr. Juma Ngeiywa.© 2014 AU-IBAR. A participant Dr. Aluma Ameri from South Sudan receives a certificate from the Chief Veterinary officer, Kenya, Dr. Juma Ngeiywa.On 8th May 2014, twenty-five veterinary officers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda successfully completed a training programme in Management Skills Development at Kenya School of Government (KSG) in Nairobi, Kenya. The training programme was organised by African Union Interafrican Bureau for animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the Kenya School of Government (KSG) with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development East Africa Mission (USAID/EA).

Dr. Aluma Ameri a participant of the course said 'when we reported we had the veterinary technical skills at our finger tips but now we have, in addition, the required soft skills to enhance food security and livestock trade across the African continent and to take the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) to higher levels of economic development'. He further confirmed that the training opportunity had enhanced networking and sharing of knowledge and experiences among the professionals across the Greater Horn of Africa. On behalf of the participants, he thanked AU-IBAR and USAID for sponsoring the training course at KSG and hoped that another opportunity to train more staff from the region in management skills development within the SMP-AH project will arise.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Ag. Director of the KSG, Dr. Nura Mohamed informed the participants that the mandate of the KSG was to transform the public service both locally and internationally. 'Cascade the knowledge and skills you have acquired to others in your respective organisations for institutionalisation of skills, sustainability and enhancement of productivity at the work stations' he advised.