1. The regional workshop on the establishment of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources for North Africa, in the frame of strengthening institutional capacity of the African Union Member States for the conservation and the sustainable utilisation of animal genetic resources was held from 9th to 10th June 2014 in Algiers (Algeria).
2. The global objective of the workshop was to establish the Sub-Regional Focal Point for North Africa, for the management of Animal Genetic Resources. The specific objectives were:
- Share information on the state of animal genetic resources and the current initiatives in the North African countries;
- Set the structure and the institutional arrangements for the Sub-regional focal point for North Africa;
- Select the Institution to host the Secretariat of the Sub-regional focal point;
- Set the priority actions for the Sub-regional focal point.
3. 15 participants from 05 AU Member States attended to the workshop, namely from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.
4. The workshop held in the premises of INRAA was officially opened by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development represented by Dr. Hemdani Hamid, in the presence of Dr. Chouaki Salah, Assistant Director for INRAA and Dr. Simplice Nouala representing the Director of AU-IBAR.
5. The different sessions were chaired by Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia and the workshop was facilitated by the project team members, Drs. Edward Nengomasha and Tchangai Pissang.
The joint AU-IBAR, FAO and ILRI ASF Taskforce held its 2nd meeting from 13th to 15th May 2014 at FAO Regional Office for Africa (FAO RAF) in Accra, Ghana. Appointed taskforce members from AU-IBAR, FAO and ILRI attended the meeting.
The meeting was officially opened by Cheikh Ly, Animal Health and Production Officer at FAO regional Office for Africa (FAO RAF) on behalf of Mr Bukar Tijani, Assistant-Director-general/Regional Representative for Africa.
Objectives of the meeting
The main objectives of the meeting were the following:
- To incorporate the final comments received from peer reviewers and refine the Regional Strategy for the Control of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Africa;
- To develop an Action Plan for the progressive control of ASF in Africa, guided by the Regional Strategy;
- To identify the main components of the ASF Control Program for Africa, guided by the Regional Strategy and the Action Plan.
- The African Union – Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organized from 1st – 3rd April 2014 a workshop, focusing on strengthening institutional capacity for the management of animal genetic resources in Southern Africa.
- The workshop was organized in the framework of the implementation of the Project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources".
- The workshop aimed at launching the process of establishing a Sub-Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources in Southern Africa as part of the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.
- The meeting was attended by 11 countries from Southern Africa region, Sub-Regional Research Organizations (CCARDESA), International Research Institutions (ILRI), FAO and Civil Society Organizations.
- The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr Simplice Nouala, Chief Animal Production Officer representing the Director of AU-IBAR. In his welcome remarks Dr Nouala mentioned that the Global Plan of Action clearly highlights the important roles of Regional Focal Points (RFP) and regional networks in building collaborative partnerships, coordinating regional efforts, facilitating the exchange of information and promoting technical cooperation, training and research in the management of AnGR. Recalling the past experiences of Southern, West and Central Africa, and much recently of Eastern Africa, Dr Nouala suggested to re-think the way to set an operational Sub-Regional Focal Point for Southern Africa. AU-IBAR as the continental institution of the African Union mandated to promote the utilization of animal resources to achieve food security, improved livelihoods and reduce poverty will do whatever is necessary to encourage African Member States to fulfill their obligations to the Global Plan of Action and show the world Africa's commitment to this cause.
- Mr. Sikosana, Director Division of Livestock Research of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, welcomed the participants to the workshop. He stressed on the importance of livestock and AnGR to livestock keepers and the World as a whole. He extended his appreciation to partners, such as AU-IBAR, FAO and ILRI who support AnGR initiatives. Referring to the establishment of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for Southern Africa, he insisted on the need for the region to have a body that will guide and coordinate AnGR initiatives in the region. Mr Sikosana, before declaring the workshop open, thanked sincerely AU-IBAR and FAO for choosing Harare to be the host City for the workshop.
- Dr. P. Boettcher, from FAO Rome, welcomed participants to Harare, on behalf of the Country Representative for FAO in Zimbabwe. He mentioned that the workshop is part of ongoing cooperation between FAO and AU-IBAR. The attendance by NGOs, civil society and Research institutions show the importance of the workshop. He also recalled the importance of AnGR to Agriculture and their contribution to income generation and livelihoods. With regards to the establishment of the Regional and Sub-Regional Focal points, he stressed first on the importance and insisted that Africa was the only region with formal basis of establishment of Sub-Regional-Focal Points compare with other regions, thanks to AU-IBAR who took up this role of Regional Focal Point. Dr. Boettcher concluded on the importance of having the S-RFP anchored in regional Institutions.
- The following presentations were made in plenary:
- Status of implementation of the GPA in Africa by FAO;
- Status of implementation of AU-IBAR activities on AnGR in Africa by AU-IBAR,
- Synthesis of the electronic discussion on the status of the activities in AnGR in Southern Africa, by Mr. C. Okore, National Coordinator for Kenya;
- Regional priorities identified during the meeting in Gaborone, Botswana in November 2013, by AU-IBAR;
- Review of Country activities, projects and progress realized in AnGR management in the last 10 years, by the National Coordinators representing the Member States, using a template shared prior to the workshop;
- Roles and responsibilities of National, Regional and Global Focal Points for the Management of AnGR by FAO;
- Synthesis of the electronic discussion on the Sub Regional priorities for sustainable management of animal genetic resources by Mr. C. Okore;
- Lessons learnt from the now defunct S-RFP for Southern Africa, by CCARDESA;
- "Information Solution" by Thato Supang from Agribusiness Forum Database Botswana.
- 9. The group discussions were organized around the following issues:
- Sub Regional priorities for sustainable management of animal genetic resources and the action plan to handle them,
- Structure and institutional arrangements for the S-RFP for Southern Africa,
- Membership of the Steering Committee;
- Road Map for establishment of a Sub-Regional Focal Point,
- Election of an Interim Steering Committee that will supervise the implementation of the S-RFP,
- The priorities for the S-RFP.
AU-IBAR convened a two day workshop on 17th and 18th March 2014 at Nairobi, Kenya, for the review and refinement of a draft framework for the monitoring of investments and performance of the livestock sector in Africa. The draft framework had been developed earlier by a team of Consultants commissioned by AU-IBAR following the 8th Conference of Ministers responsible for Animal Resources which urged Member States to implement the Maputo Decision on investing at least 10% of national budgets in agriculture, of which 30% (based on the fact that on average, livestock contributes 30% of the agricultural GDP in Africa) should be allocated to livestock, and AU-IBAR and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) should monitor its implementation.
This workshop brought together 22 experts on Socio-economics, monitoring and evaluation and animal sciences from different countries and institutions across Africa, to serve as a peer review forum for the draft framework for monitoring investments in the livestock sector. The participants were drawn from Members States including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases in Eastern Africa (FAO-ECTAD-EA, the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and AU-IBAR.
A workshop to develop the SMP-AH country activity plans was held in Kampala Uganda as from 25th February to 1st March 2014. Twenty participants from seven participating countries, namely, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda attended the workshop. The participants were drawn from Epidemiology and Laboratory Units as well as from Vaccine Production Institutes of KEVEVAPI and NVI. In addition, other participants were drawn from AU-IBAR, ICPALD and USAID. The workshop was officially opened by Dr Nicholas Kauta, Chief Veterinary Officer for Uganda. AU-IBAR, ICPALD and USAID remarks were respectively delivered by Dr Hiver Boussini, Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR; Dr Joseph Magona, Veterinary Epidemiologist, AU-IBAR/ICPALD; and Mr. Isaac Njoro Thendiu, Regional Resilience Advisor, USAID/East Africa.
The overall objective of the workshop was to discuss the development of Country activity plans for the implementation of the SMPs to achieve a regionally coordinated and harmonised disease surveillance and control.
- Workshop helps to strengthen the regional capacities for the sustainable use of animal genetic resources in East Africa
- Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in IGAD Member States
- AU-IBAR facilitates Africa’s contribution to the FAO 2nd State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources Report
- Stakeholder Workshop to consolidate the development of a Strategic Framework for the Progressive Control of Neglected Animal Diseases in Africa (SF-PROCNADA)