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Working together for an effective response on COVID -19 Impact on the animal resources sector in Africa and Identification of Mitigation Measures

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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.
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Communiqué - SADC Regional Stakeholder Consultation Workshop to Refine Implementation Modalities of Catalytic Actions for Prioritized Regional Livestock Value Chains

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© 2020 AU-IBAR. SADC Regional Stakeholder Consultation Workshop to Refine Implementation Modalities of Catalytic Actions for Prioritized Regional Livestock Value Chains. Group Photo.© 2020 AU-IBAR. SADC Regional Stakeholder Consultation Workshop to Refine Implementation Modalities of Catalytic Actions for Prioritized Regional Livestock Value Chains. Group Photo.Victoria, Seychelles
9th to 11th March 2020

Background

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The specific objectives were to:
    1. Review and build consensus on priority catalytic intervention actions as defined during the stakeholder stocktaking exercise and consolidated during the Project Steering Committee meeting.
    2. 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.
    3. Consolidate implementation modalities which include subsidiary complementarity and direct intervention by AU-IBAR.
    4. Establish implementation approaches for knowledge management and communication.
    5. Establish risks and assumptions, potential constraints and mitigation measures.

Proceedings

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The groups deliberations generated the following key intervention areas:
    1. Develop mechanisms to enhance market access at local, regional and international levels.
    2. Develop approaches for conservation and utilization of natural resources and the environment.
    3. Develop /Promote platforms/ hubs for knowledge, communication and information sharing at local, national and regional levels including the use of ICTs.
    4. Develop a framework for Public Private Producer Partnerships (PPPP) in the red meat and live animals
    5. Value chain.
    6. Capacity building of stakeholders (both public and private sector) along the value chain.
  4. 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:
    1. Develop approaches for conservation and utilization of natural resources and the environment.
    2. Develop mechanisms to enhance market access at local, regional and international level.
    3. Develop/ Promote platforms/ hubs for knowledge, communication and information sharing at local, national and regional levels including the use of ICTs.
  5. 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.

Way Forward

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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Communique - Training of Women and Youth in Aquaculture Value Chain and Business Development

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© 2020 AU-IBAR. Training of Women and Youth in Aquaculture Value Chain and Business Development.© 2020 AU-IBAR. Training of Women and Youth in Aquaculture Value Chain and Business Development.24th - 26th  February 2020
Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

Introduction

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.

Participation

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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Communiqué - 9th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting

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© 2020 AU-IBAR. 9th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting.© 2020 AU-IBAR. 9th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting.17th-19th February 2020
Accra, Ghana

Introduction

The Nineth Meeting of the Annual Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Government and People of Ghana. The meeting was supported by the AU-IBAR through funding from African Union Member states.

The meeting was held from the 17th to 19th February 2020 at Mensvick Grand Hotel in Accra, Ghana.

The main objective of the expert consultative meeting was to develop terms of reference, rules of procedures and related underpinning governance instruments of ANAF to reflect the expanded scope and the new institutional arrangement with regards to transfer of the ANAF Secretariat to AU-IBAR.

Specific objectives were to:

  1. review the current Terms of References (TORs), mission objectives and rules of procedures
  2. review the membership criteria, categories of membership
  3. review the action plan from 2018 Nairobi meeting
  4. present structure of the proposed new ANAF webpage
  5. sharing experience and best practices on aquaculture environmental management by member states
  6. conduct filed mission to cage farming sites on Volta Lake for lessons learning and best practices in environmental management in aquatic fish production systems

Participation

The meeting was attended by 30 representatives from the 17 African Union Member States namely: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia; Regional Institutions: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO), Development Partner: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO); and Independent Experts from Private Sector and Academic Institutions. Also in attendance were staff members of AU-IBAR.

The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Dr Divine Ngala Tombuh (Cameroon), Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa), Mrs Joyce Ikwaput-Nyeko (Uganda), and Dr Venantious Mulenga Musonda (Zambia).

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Press Release - Regional Training-of-trainers workshop on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) for promotion of the dairy value chain in Eastern Africa

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. Regional Training-of-trainers workshop on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) for promotion of the dairy value chain in Eastern Africa.© 2019 AU-IBAR. Regional Training-of-trainers workshop on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) for promotion of the dairy value chain in Eastern Africa.In East Africa, the dairy value chain is considered very important and contributes significantly to the regional economies. This is further emphasized by the East African Community (EAC) and other stakeholders. Key intervention areas were identified to promote this priority livestock value chain in the region. One of the key interventions proposed is the promotion of utilization and adoption of application of the latest reproductive technologies to increase milk production in the respective member states. There is indeed room for growth and opportunities for East Africa to embrace available and novel technologies and innovations that will propel the value chain to function at the desired level. It is therefore pertinent that, the East African member states provide enabling environments for increased technology uptake, utilization and transfer.

As part of providing leadership and coordination in the sustainable development of the continent’s Animal Resources, AU-IBAR is implementing a 5-year project on “Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa - Live2Africa”. The Live2Africa project is a vehicle for the promotion of the implementation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and is aligned with Agenda 2063 development goals. One of the key project’s focus areas is to enhance utilization and adoption of technologies as well as build human capacities in priority livestock value chains in the regions. In line with AU-IBAR’s mandate, the Live2Africa project is training key stakeholders on the use of various assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) to ensure optimal milk production, processing and value addition.

Robust training is pertinent as it ultimately culminates in increased ART transfer and adoption across the region. The increased awareness creation through training further draws the attention of policy makers on the benefits of ARTs and ultimately triggers increased investment in the Dairy livestock value chain.