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Press Release - Commemorating 70 Years of Trypanosomiasis Research and Control in Africa at the 35th ISCTRC General Conference

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18th September, 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

Trypanosomiasis is a major disease affecting human and animals in 38 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Its effect on animal and human health is known to have direct impact on livestock productivity, livestock management and human settlement; through those direct impacts, the disease has indirect impacts on crop agriculture and human welfare. Changes in livestock management, human settlement and crop agriculture also result in changes in land use, vegetation cover and environment and human welfare. All of these have implications for resource use patterns, and investments in natural capital. With a wealth of evidence on the extent of the tsetse, human and animal trypanosomiasis problem, the opportunity for researchers and experts from a mix of disciplines to meet and put this evidence into clear perspective is both timely and invaluable. The International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC), a statutory Council of the African Union Commission will provide the scientific arena to enable this important discussion, including, review control strategies and recommendations for appropriate smarter methods of tsetse and trypanosomiasis
control, at its 35th General Conference. The ISCTRC shall also be commemorating its 70th year of existence.

Following 34 successful conferences, the 35th ISCTRC will be held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 23rd – 27th September 2019. The theme for this year is Impact of African Trypanosomiasis on Human and Animal Health, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in the face of challenges to sustainable investment in Animal African Trypanosomiasis (AAT) control and Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) elimination. The theme builds upon the 34th Conference that was held in Livingstone, Zambian that focused on ‘Capitalizing on the progress made against human and animal trypanosomiases – the way forward in partnership with all stakeholders.’ This year, the Conference will be hosted by the Government of Nigeria, thus providing an opportunity for the Federal Government of Nigeria to showcase its fight against tsetse and trypanosomiasis in Africa.

The biennial conference is jointly organized by the African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources, (as the Secretariat of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control), the Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC) and the Federal Government of Nigeria. For 70 years, since 1949, the Council has achieved its mandate of facilitating information sharing and exchange on matters regarding tsetse and trypanosomiasis research and control by holding regular biennial General Scientific Conferences.

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Communiqué - 8th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. 8th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting - Identification of gaps and areas of intervention for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in Africa.© 2019 AU-IBAR. 8th Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) Meeting - Identification of gaps and areas of intervention for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in Africa.15th - 16th August 2019
Gaborone, BOTSWANA

Introduction

  1. The Eighth Session of Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). The meeting was organized in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Government of Botswana.
  2. The meeting was held from the 15th to 16th August 2019 at Cresta President Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana.
  3. The major objective of the two-day meeting was to identify gaps and areas of intervention for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in Africa.
  4. The specific objectives were to:
    1. Review progress since its Seventh ANAF annual meeting and identify actions for follow-up.
    2. Share experiences on the status of aquaculture development among African Union Member States and of interventions to strengthen women and youth participation in aquaculture development
    3. Document specific gaps in existing plans and frameworks for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture
    4. Establish existing plans and institutional frameworks for enhancing role of women and youth in aquaculture enterprise development in AU member states
    5. Identify priority areas and develop 2-year action plans for promoting role of women and youth in aquaculture business / enterprise development

Participation

  1. The meeting was attended by representatives from the twelve (12) African Union Member States namely: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Liberia, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia; Botswana was present as a hosting country; Regional institutions: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC); Development partner: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO);African Fisheries Policy Research network; Independent Experts from private sector and Academic institutions. Also in attendance were staff members of AU-IBAR.
  2. The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Dr Divine Ngala Tombuh (Cameroun), Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa), Mrs Joyce Ikwaput-Nyeko (Uganda), and Dr Venantious Mulenga Musonda (Zambia).
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Live2Africa Stakeholders Define Intervention Areas along Selected Regional Priority Livestock Value Chains

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1st August 2019, Nairobi, Kenya - The critical role of Livestock Value Chains (LVCs) in achieving the agricultural transformation agenda is being demonstrated through the Live2Africa – an initiative of the African Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), with funding from the European Union.

Under this initiative, a Stocktaking workshop will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 5-8 August 2019.
Under the theme ‘Catalytic Actions to Boost Equitable Growth’, the workshop aims to define intervention areas along six regional selected priority livestock value chains in relation to past, on-going and planned initiatives to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated programme.

A cross-section of over 200 participants comprising representatives from the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the European Union and other donors, and several livestock sector actors will gather at the Safir Hotel, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt from 5th to 8th August 2019 to learn and exchange knowledge on LVCs. The Minister of Livestock Egypt, is expected to open the Stocktaking workshop. The Stocktaking meeting will be preceded by an Experts meeting on the 4th August, 2019. The Experts meeting will aim to review the Six Desk Reviews of the Regional Value Chain Strategies and the Consolidated Stocktaking Conceptual Framework that will guide the Stocktaking process.

The process to defining the various intervention areas in the 6 selected value chains will consider several key factors. Firstly, the process will aim to build a holistic understanding of the chain to enable optimal performance within each value chain. Secondly, specific steps to establishing priorities for action will include preparing strategic options and identifying problems that should be solved by each regional value chain. It is through the stocktaking exercise that a clearer picture indicating positive points, points requiring strengthening and improvements, including chances of growth and opportunities for each value chain will be discovered. At the end of the workshop the agreed recommendations to enhance the integration of results, programming and operations for a more cohesive approach to implementing the LVC interventions and actions will be communicated to all stakeholders.

In addition, another expected outcome of the Stocktaking Exercise will be to provide a structured opportunity to conduct a stakeholder and partnership analysis, and to identify opportunities for synergy, complementarity, enhanced strategic collaboration and stakeholder engagement.

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SADC Regional Workshop for Capacity Building on Access and Benefit Sharing and Intellectual Property Rights for Animal Genetic Resources (4th to 6th March 2019, Pretoria, South Africa)

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. Participants to the SADC Regional Workshop for Capacity Building On Access and Benefit Sharing and Intellectual Property Rights for Animal Genetic Resources at the Fortis Manor Hotel, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa.© 2019 AU-IBAR. Participants to the SADC Regional Workshop for Capacity Building On Access and Benefit Sharing and Intellectual Property Rights for Animal Genetic Resources at the Fortis Manor Hotel, Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa.Background

A regional training workshop was jointly convened by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and from the 4th to 6th of March 2019 at the Fortis Manor Hotel, in Hatfield Pretoria, South Africa, in the framework of the implementation of the AU-IBAR project on "Strengthening the capacity of African Countries on Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Animal Genetic Resources in Africa". A total of 35 participants comprising National Focal Points for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and Nagoya Protocol (NP), National Coordinators for Animal Genetic Resources, government and non-governmental officials and development practitioners in the SADC and technical and administrative staff of AU-IBAR region attended the 3-day training workshop. The SADC participants were from: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The training workshop was facilitated by the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for AnGR for Southern Africa, Mrs Deidre Januarie.

The main objective of the workshop was to strengthen capacity on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) in the SADC region.

The specific objectives were:

  • To raise awareness on ABS and IPR issues related to AnGR,
  • To mainstream AnGR into the existing national and regional legislation,
  • To share information and best practices and lessons learnt on ABS on AnGR and ABS Procedures and/or Mechanisms and
  • To agree on priority interventions to fast track their implementations.
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Communiqué - Fifth General Assembly & Steering Committee Meeting of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources for Eastern Africa

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© 2019 AU-IBAR. Participants at the 5th General Assembly of the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for the management of AnGR for Eastern Africa at Azure Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya (17-19 December 2018).© 2019 AU-IBAR. Participants at the 5th General Assembly of the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for the management of AnGR for Eastern Africa at Azure Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya (17-19 December 2018).Introduction

The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) and the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) jointly organized the fifth Steering Committee meeting (SC) and General Assembly (GA) for the Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for Animal Genetic Resource (AnGR) for Eastern Africa. The SC and GA were organized under the framework of implementation of the AI-IBAR Project “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources”.

The meeting was held at Azure Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya and brought together National Coordinators for AnGR, Directors of Animal Production from 11 Member States (MS) (Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda), representatives from AU-IBAR; Regional Economic Communities (RECs) East African Community (EAC) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) represented by the Center for Pastoral Areas & Livestock Development (ICPALD); Regional Universities Forum for Research on Agriculture (RUFORUM), representing Universities and training institutions; Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) and Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA), representing farmers organisations; and Heifer International (HI) representing NGOs and Civic Societies and ASARECA as the Secretariat of the S-RFP. A total of 35 participants attended the meetings.

The objectives of the General Assembly were to:

  1. Strengthen collaboration and coordination between EAC, IGAD, the Sub-Regional Focal Point Secretariat (ASARECA) and AU-IBAR for the conservation and sustainable utilization of AnGR;
  2. Review progress of implementation of the S-RFP action plan;
  3. Evaluate the projects supported by AU-IBAR in Eastern Africa;
  4. Discuss and agree on how to fast-track the implementation of supported initiatives especially those on transboundary breeds, as well as National Strategies & Action Plans in the Eastern Africa region;
  5. Receive an update on the current status of the regional gene bank;
  6. Discuss the sustainability of the Sub-regional Focal Point, Gene Bank, NSAPs, supported initiatives.