17 – 20 August 2015, Hotel Almadies, Dakar. At the request of the President of the National Codex Committee of Senegal, the workshop was planned and funded by the U.S. Codex Office with the technical support from AU-IBAR for four days. The workshop focused on the mandate, structure and function of CAC, the roles and functions of the Codex Contact Point (CCP) and The National Codex Committee.
The specific objectives of the workshop were:
- To increase the understanding of the structures and procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
- To describe the issues to consider when establishing a national Codex framework to facilitate active involvement in Codex;
- To discuss the use of Codex standards, guidelines and recommendations in national food safety programmes;
- To provide a platform to discuss challenges and future capacity building needs on Codex-related activities.
The expected outcomes of the workshop were:
- Common understanding of the structure and procedures of the CAC, how its work should be coordinated at the national level and how Senegal can participate and influence its work;
- Draft action plans for strengthening the National Codex Committee activities;
- Identify areas of technical assistance and capacity building.
3 – 4 September 2015, Accra, Ghana
The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) / United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Colloquium on Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) was held in Accra, Ghana from 3 to 4 September 2015 at the Fiesta Royale Hotel. The participants comprised of Food Safety experts including Codex Contact Point Officers/persons, senior experts and officials under ministries of health, agriculture, livestock and fisheries from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania and United States of America, and representatives from AU-IBAR and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
Funded by the USDA Codex office, the Colloquium was officially opened by Mr. Robert Baffour Tandor, Director of Standards representing the Minister for Trade and Industry of Togo. AU-IBAR opening remarks were given by Dr. Raphael Coly, AU-IBAR PANSPSO Coordinator, while USDA remarks were made by Mrs Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Codex Manager.
The objectives of the colloquium were:
- to get update on Africa food safety issues as they relate to Proposed Guidelines for the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene for the control of Foodborne parasites;
- to identify areas of capacity building on Codex participation and on food safety organization in Africa including risk analysis and establishment of food control authorities at national and regional levels;
- to exchange views and Share experiences between CCAfrica and U.S. Codex Delegates on Codex draft standards under discussion in various Codex committees;
- to find opportunity to collaborate on strategies for advancing shared regional positions; and
- to adopt harmonized positions on key Codex issues of importance to both regions.
A team of experts launched a study, which would assess the risks of major animal diseases along the Borena-Adama-Djibouti value chain. The study is meant to provide the Ethiopian Government with sufficient evidences on opportunitie and risks on its animal and meat markets along the said value-chains. This will eventually assist the Ethiopian government to table such evidences to importing countires; thereby securing and sustaining regional and international markets for its livestock and livestock products.
The risk assessment study is so important for Ethiopia to meet the standards set by the Middle Eastern countries on the quality of live animals and meat they import from the IGAD Member States. In specific terms, the study is indispensable to increase the level of confidence among traders on sanitary and pyto-sanitory statueses, and avails leverage points during trade negotiations. Knowing the importance of these standards, the Ethiopian government requested its development partners, ILRI and AU-IBAR/SMP-AH to lead and conduct the study.
During the meeting, held on 11th and 12th August, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, participants prioritised the diseases for risk assessment, mapped out the value chain along the route, generated risk questions and pathways and identified the sources of data and information required for the analysis.
Opening the Meeting, Director of the Ethiopian Veterinary Services, Dr. Bewket Siraw indicated that trans-boundary animal diseases hinder Ethiopan livestock exports and it was high to critically look into the risks associated with these diseases and find suitable remedies to enable expansion of the livestock export markets. This study he said, together with the ongoing Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS) pilot programme, would improve access to livestock export markets.
The workshop was organised by ILRI as part of the research activities it implements under the Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health Project (SMP-AH) implemented by AU-IBAR in partnership with IGAD with financially support from USAID.
Djibouti, Puntland and Somaliland poised to begin harmonisation and coordination of disease surveillance and reporting activities to jointly prevent and control trans-boundary animal diseases, which have significant impact on trade and livelihoods.
To this effect, AU-IBAR/SMP-AH Project organised a regional workshop, held in Djibouti City from 20th to 22nd August 2015, for frontline animal health workers.
The workshop provided participants with the required knowledge and skills they need to harmonise and coordinate animal diseases surveillance, control and reporting in the region. During the sessions, participants lay down the foundations for harmonization and coordination of veterinary activities and establish the mechanism to exchange animal health information across the Somali ecosystem.
The workshop, which brought over 40 participants together, was officially opened by Dr Moussa Ibrahim Cheik, Director General of Animal Health in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Republic of Djibouti. In his key note address, Dr Moussa advised participants to embrace regional spirit and utilise the knowledge they acquired from the workshop to exert a meaningful contribution to control trans-boundary animal diseases and, thereby, increase national incomes and improve the livelihoods of the poor farmers, whose life is heavily dependent on livestock.
Central South Somalia and Somaliland poised to unveiling a community level disease reporting system before the current year runs out.
In a workshop, held on the 8th and 9th August 2015, in Hargeisa, Somaliland livestock farmers, field veterinarians, private veterinary practitioners, and universities have unanimously agreed to launch the system in Central Somalia and Somaliland in the coming October and November, respectively.
The workshop, convened by AU-IBAR/SMP-AH Project, in cooperation with IGAD/ICPALD, provided the forum for all relevant stakeholders to find a way for developing and improving community-based animal disease reporting system in Somaliland and Central South Somalia as a means to improve passive surveillance and disease reporting. Over forty relevant participants from Awdal, Beledweywe, Dollow, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Saaxil, Sabawanaag, Salahley and Salal attended the workshop.
In opening the workshop, Dr Jama Mohamed Odowa, Director General of the Ministry of Livestock underscored the fact that livestock has immense contribution to the economies of Somaliland and hence there is a need for effective delivery of animal health services across the country. To this effect, he reiterated, participants from Somaliland and Central South Somalia needed to join hands to come up with a workable strategy to have the community-based animal disease reporting system implemented in all regions.
- Somaliland to Integrate Indigenous Knowledge into the National Animal Disease Surveillance System
- Regional Consultative Workshop on Environmental Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Eastern Africa and The Great Lakes Region
- Ministers in Ethiopia and Sudan to Spur Implementation of LITS
- IGAD Member States to Embark on Extensive Awareness Programmes on Disease Reporting and Livestock Identification and Traceability