Khartoum, Sudan, 8th-12th September 2013
The 32nd International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control Conference was held at the Friendship Hall, Khartoum, The Sudan from 8th-12th September 2013. The theme of the Conference was "Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Research and Control for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development: Promoting Partnership and Learning Agenda in the Context of African Renaissance".
Over 200 participants attended the meeting and were drawn from 22 African Member States, the African Union Commission, Universities and Research Institutions from all over the world, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the Drugs for Neglected Diseases (DNDi) and the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicine (GALVmed).
The Conference was officially opened by the First Vice President of the Republic of The Sudan, His Excellency Ali Osman Muhammed Taha. Other dignitaries who also graced the Conference included the Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rangeland, Dr. Faysal Hassan Ibrahim, The African Union Commission Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Madame Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the Director of African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy, and the Coordinator of African Union Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC), Dr. Hassane Mahamat.
The key note speaker, His Excellency, Ali Osman Muhammed Taha, underscored the import of the joint African Cooperation and the role of Pan Africanism in the development of Africa. He accentuated the contribution of livestock to food security and consequently the obligation of African countries to protect livestock from animal diseases. He encouraged the ISCTRC platform to continue providing the vital information that would aid the fight against T&T.
The Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rangeland, Dr. Faysal Hassan Ibrahim, highlighted the negative impact of trypapanosomiasis on rural development of The Sudan and urged scientists and development partners to harness their energies and resources towards a sustainable solution to the problem.
The Director of AU-IBAR Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy, outlined the five broad objectives of the conference as follows:
- information sharing;
- review of T&T control technologies;
- strategies and policy options;
- the identification of research gaps;
- propose recommendations for the next two years.
He also expressed his sincere appreciation for the excellent preparations made by the Government of The Sudan in hosting the conference.
The conference was further inspired through the key note address headlined "Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Research and Control for Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development: Promoting partnership and Learning Agenda in the Context of African Renaissance" made by the African Union Commission, Commissioner for Rural Economy, Madam Rhoda Peace Tumusiime. It was appreciated that the theme of the Conference was perfectly aligned with the on-going initiative of developing the Africa Agenda 2063 on a Shared Strategic Framework for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development.
Theme of the Conference
T&T Research and Control for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development:
Promoting Partnership and Learning Agenda in the context of African Renaissance
The General Conference of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC) will be held on 8th to 12th September 2013 in Khartoum, Sudan. As a reminder, the objective of the Conference will be to promote information sharing on tsetse, human and animal trypanosomiasis problem, review control strategies and recommend appropriate approaches in research and control for the next two years.
We are pleased to share with you the Provisional Progamme for the 32nd ISCTRC Conference to download.
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|Provisional Programme for the 32nd ISCTRC Conference|
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July 26, 2013 - Accra, Ghana: - Participants of the second continental Training of Trainers (ToT) on Policy, Advocacy and Communication (PAC) said the Training has provided them with the knowledge and skills they needed to conduct policy analysis and evidence-based advocacy to enhance the profile of livestock in national planning documents in their respective countries. In their final communiqué, participants have expressed their commitment to primarily embark on mapping of stakeholders in the livestock sector, examining the current budgeting process and allocation, identifying and establishing horizontal linkages with all national data sources, engaging CAADP country teams in policy dialogues, and developing an advocacy and communication strategy.
The five-day continental ToT, organised and delivered by AU-IBAR/VET-GOV Programme in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), was held from 22nd to 26th July 2013 in Accra, Ghana and drew more than 60 participants from 29 English speaking countries and pertinent institutions in Africa. The overall objective of the PAC ToT has been strengthening the capacity of Vet-Gov Regional Coordinators, National Livestock Policy Focal Points (NLPFP), National Communication Officers, REC Counterparts, and Regional Farmers Organizations in policy analysis and formulation, as well as in evidence-based advocacy and communication, to enable them engage in high level livestock policy dialogue with decision makers, who are influencing the livestock sector at national, regional and international levels.
The French government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Agence Française de Développement, has been providing institutional support to the African Union - Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), based in Nairobi, Kenya, since 2006.
This partnership has been renewed and reinforced with the signature of a new partnership agreement, through which the French Development Agency (AFD) will support the institutional capacities of AU-IBAR by providing long term technical assistance, its related operating budget, and complementary short term expertise, for two years. The total amount of the grant is 400,000 Euros.
Bujumbura, Burundi, July 2, 2013: The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of the Republic of Burundi, Her Excellency Odette Kayitesi, underlined the importance of reforms in the policy arena to ensure tangible developments in the livestock sector through adequate investment.
Speaking to journalists covering the launching of a continental training on Policy Analysis and Advocacy, organised by the AU-IBAR VET-GOV Programme, the Minister highlighted the fact that the livestock sector requires adequate attention to attract more investment to strengthen veterinary services.
In delivering the message on behalf of Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Director of AU-IBAR, Dr. Simplice Nouala, Head of the Animal Production Unit of AU-IBAR, remarked that, despite livestock's contribution to the livelihoods of millions of people and country's gross domestic product, the profile of livestock remains low in national documents. It is therefore that the VET-GOV Programme is poised to improve this worrisome picture through strengthening institutions for policy reform. Professor Cheikh Ly, representing the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), also remarked that policies and institutions constitute a critical place in the development of the livestock sector.