In commemoration of the 2nd World Food Safety Day (WFSD), the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) organized an online meeting on 5th June 2020 to raise awareness on food safety. The meeting was held under the theme “COVID-19 Pandemic and Food Safety – Building resilient national food control systems for consumer protection and safe trade”. The objective of the online meeting was to provide a platform for Competent Authorities in Africa responsible for food control to share information on impact, challenges, lessons in food control as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Identify best practices and mitigation measures for operating resilient national food control systems. The meeting was attended by 86 participants from 30 African countries, 2 RECs (ECOWAS and COMESA), AU-IBAR and African Development Bank. Prof. Ahmed Elswalhy, Director AU-IBAR opened the meeting, Dr. Kimutai Maritim, CCAFRICA Coordinator also addressed participants.
WE the Member States of African Union, Regional Economic Communities, Development Partners, Food Producers, Processors and Marketers and Consumers;
RECALLING the momentum created from the previous WFSD celebrations, and desirous to collaborate in unison to focus efforts on reaching state and non-state actors as well as those directly involved in food systems on the continent in order to raise the profile of food safety at all levels;
TAKING COGNIZANCE that unsafe food poses a significant threat to human health and well-being and can hamper agricultural transformation, market integration, and economic development;
RECOGNIZING that foodborne diseases make 91 million people ill and cause 137,000 premature deaths annually and that this translates into productivity losses of US$95 billion a year in developing countries alone;
AU-IBAR convened an Online Consultative Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Animal Resources Sector in Africa and Identification of Mitigation Measures on 21st May, 2020. In attendance were 150 participants from 50 countries (of which 47 were African Union Member States (MS)), 5 Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Representatives of specialized regional institutions in animal resources (including livestock, fisheries and aquaculture), Representatives of the European Union (EU), African Development
Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); Representatives of Continental and Regional Agribusiness Associations and animal resources value chain actors, Representatives of other AUC technical agencies (AU-PANVAC, AU-PATTEC and Africa CDC), AU-IBAR staff and Consultants.
Opening remarks were made by
- The Director of AU-IBAR Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy who detailed the mandate and achievements of AU-IBAR since its inception in 1951 in animal resources development in Africa. He particularly cited the critical role AU-IBAR has played, in convening and organizing stakeholders, resource mobilization, building institutions and strategic partnerships, human resource development and technical backstopping, for more coordinated and effective response to some of the biggest challenges the continent’s animal resources sector has faced in the past including epidemics.
- The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Republic of South Africa who is the current Chair of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment, Her Excellency (H.E) Ms Angela Thoko Didiza, made reference to the Declaration on Food Security and Nutrition passed at the AU Ministers of Agriculture virtual meeting convened on 16 April 2020. In it the Ministers urged MSs and stakeholders to better expound on the ramifications of COVID-19 and articulate coordinated mechanisms for bringing it under control at all levels.
- The African Union Commission (AUC) Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture H.E. Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko commended AU-IBAR for leadership in convening the Meeting. Highlighting the unprecedented loss of jobs that could plunge millions of Africans back into extreme poverty, and the possibility that African could for the first time experience a recession, she reiterated the importance of the agriculture sector for addressing the impacts of COVID-19. This calls for an understanding of the socio-economic impacts and implementation of appropriate mitigation measures in the agricultural sector on which most of Africa’s economies are dependent. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which represents the single biggest market globally, rationalizes a continental approach. Ambassador Sacko emphasized the AUC commitment to implement continental actions and called upon partners to provide support to ensure food systems are resilient to prevent a food security crisis. She called for solidarity and coordination as no single country can address the crisis alone.
Nairobi, Kenya; 19th May, 2020
The African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has launched a rapid assessment of COVID-19 impact on the animal resources sector in Africa and Identification of Mitigation Measures. The rapid impact assessment will provide a baseline for assessing the impacts on the animal resources sector, and identify immediate, medium and longer-term mitigation measures currently in force and/or measures that are in plan by African Union Member States.
The assessment has come in the form of a consultative stakeholder consultative meeting, follow-up surveys and a stakeholder validation meeting in the coming months. A key outcome of the assessment will be a statement from all stakeholders that collectively identifies responsive mechanisms that will be established by respective national Governments and stakeholders to mitigate the impact of COVID 19 impact in countries.
On Thursday 21st May, 2020, AU-IBAR will host the first in a series of online continental consultations to introduce the assessment and obtain buy-in from all African Union member states. The meeting will involve moderated discussions and feedback on core issues on current and planned mitigation interventions in countries.
The attendees will comprise over 150 key sector players, such as: Regional Economic Communities, Chief Veterinary Officers, Directors of Animal Production, Directors of Fisheries, the Private Sector, Donors, Cooperating partners, Livestock Value Chain actors, Researchers and academia, and Chairpersons of continental and regional arms of the African youth in livestock, fisheries and aquaculture incubation network (AYL-FAIN); the African women in animal resources farming and agribusiness network (AWARFA-N), and the Africa Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF).
Through this initiative, AU-IBAR joins several other entities and leaders promoting ‘An urgent call for a coordinated approach to responding to the impact of COVID-19. The African Union/ FAO Ministerial Meeting that discussed COVID-19 implication for food security in Africa, held on 16th April 2020 identified several recommendations for promoting a collective process towards the mitigation of COVID-19 in countries. Some include:
- Opening a window of opportunity through COVID-19 to fast-track regulatory and structural reforms, and expedite the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) integration process to ensure pan-continental food security;
- Finding integrated solutions critically secure agri-food systems, tailored to the needs of both small-scale producers as well as the larger commercial producers, recognizing that they are inter-dependent even for the most remote communities.
9th to 11th March 2020
- The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) conducted a consultative stakeholder meeting at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort, Victoria, Seychelles from 9th to 11th of March 2020 to refine the implementation modalities of catalytic actions for the prioritised red meat and live animals Regional Livestock Value Chain (RLVC).
- The meeting was attended by 31 participants from 14 SADC Member States (Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe), tertiary institutions (Stellenbosch University, University of Zambia, University of Zimbabwe), a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research - International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), red meat and live animals industry – (the Lesotho abattoir and the National Emergent Red Meat Producers' Organisation (NERPO)) and staff from AU-IBAR.
- The overall objective of the workshop was to: build consensus on modalities including, prioritised intervention and action areas, develop workplans and time-frames, budget and targets for implementation of defined catalytic actions under the SADC Priority Regional Livestock Value Chain of the red meat and live animals.
- The specific objectives were to:
- Review and build consensus on priority catalytic intervention actions as defined during the stakeholder stocktaking exercise and consolidated during the Project Steering Committee meeting.
- Draft a Concept Note including workplan and budget along the priority catalytic intervention areas of the Regional Livestock Value Chain of the red meat and live animals.
- Consolidate implementation modalities which include subsidiary complementarity and direct intervention by AU-IBAR.
- Establish implementation approaches for knowledge management and communication.
- Establish risks and assumptions, potential constraints and mitigation measures.
- The meeting was chaired by Botswana. Representing the Government of Seychelles, Ms Alejandra Cubillos welcomed the participants to the workshop. She emphasised the importance of achieving the set objectives, including reaching a consensus on the implementation modalities and coming up with a Concept Note for the red meat and live animal value chain. She also noted that this meeting was coming at a time when Seychelles was developing its Livestock Strategy and enhancing some of its livestock value chains and would therefore benefit from the proceedings. On behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Dr Edward Nengomasha informed the participants that this workshop was a follow-up to the stakeholder stock-taking exercise conducted in August 2019 in Cairo, Egypt and was to define intervention areas along the Priority Livestock Value Chains under the theme ‘Catalytic Actions to Boost Equitable Growth’. He also noted the agreement that each REC would develop a detailed Concept Note with priority activities, clear expected outputs and impacts, budgets, timelines, as well as responsible institutions to operationalize the support from the Live2Africa project. He emphasized that the task ahead of the workshop was significant especially that the catalytic actions of the chosen regional livestock value chain were expected to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of SADC livestock keepers and contribute to food and nutrition security as well as economic growth.
- The proceedings comprised plenary presentations and group work. The participants were split into three groups and tasked to identify key areas of intervention considered priority by the SADC region from the presented three strategic areas. It was stressed to the participants that the key interventions should be implementable with tangible positive outputs before the end of the project in December 2021.
- The groups deliberations generated the following key intervention areas:
- Develop mechanisms to enhance market access at local, regional and international levels.
- Develop approaches for conservation and utilization of natural resources and the environment.
- Develop /Promote platforms/ hubs for knowledge, communication and information sharing at local, national and regional levels including the use of ICTs.
- Develop a framework for Public Private Producer Partnerships (PPPP) in the red meat and live animals
- Value chain.
- Capacity building of stakeholders (both public and private sector) along the value chain.
- Out of these intervention areas, participants were encouraged to further prioritize and to match the available funds from the project. Furthermore, it was explained that the process to operationalise incubation of selected agri-preneurs at a Regional African Technology and Innovation Incubation Hub (A-TiChub) had been initiated at the Live2Africa project level. Earlier meetings of stakeholders from the SADC region had proposed Stellenbosch University and Tshwane University of Technology as potential institutions to serve this purpose. The participants endorsed consideration of these two institutions. After thorough deliberations, the participants came to a consensus on the following three priority interventions areas to be implemented for the red meat and Live animals value chains:
- Develop approaches for conservation and utilization of natural resources and the environment.
- Develop mechanisms to enhance market access at local, regional and international level.
- Develop/ Promote platforms/ hubs for knowledge, communication and information sharing at local, national and regional levels including the use of ICTs.
- The participants then developed a draft Concept Note (CN) for the region. The above-mentioned priority areas of interventions informed the development of the CN for the red meat and live animals value chains. The CN was drafted based on a template provided.
The Concept Note will be finalized by the SADC region and submitted to AU-IBAR for funding under the Live2Africa project.
Victoria, Seychelles, 11th March 2020
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24th - 26th February 2020
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt
A Training workshop for women and youth in aquaculture value chain and business development was organised by the African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Government and People of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The meeting was held from the 24th - 26th February 2020 in Safir Hotel, Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.
The workshop was supported by African Union Member states.
The main objective of the workshop was to enhance the capacity of women and youth from African Union member states involved in aquaculture practices, fish processors, small and medium enterprise in aquaculture value chain and business skills development.
The workshop was attended by 39 participants comprised of 24 selected women and youth involved in aquaculture activities and business enterprises from the following countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia, 8 Trainers comprising of independent Experts coming from Universities, Research Centres and private sector. Also in attendance were representatives from the Central Laboratory Agriculture Research in Egypt, two technical facilitators (Prof. Amira El-Hanafy and Prof. Gamal El Naggar) and staff members of AU-IBAR.
The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Mr Pierre Guebama (Cameroon) and Mr Tine Khadim (Senegal); Ms Priscilla Longwe (Malawi), Ms Fatmata Kula Sesay (Sierra Leone) and Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa) as the leader.
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