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AU-IBAR Convenes a Two Day Workshop to Review and Refine a Draft Framework for Monitoring Investments and Performance of the Livestock Sector in Africa

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photograph of participants at the workshop for the review and refinement of the draft framework for monitoring investments in the livestock sector in Africa.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group Photograph of participants at the workshop for the review and refinement of the draft framework for monitoring investments in the livestock sector in Africa.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.

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Final Communiqué - Workshop for the development of SMP-AH country activity plans

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group photo of all the participants Workshop for the development of SMP-AH country activity plans.© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group photo of all the participants Workshop for the development of SMP-AH country activity plans.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.

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Workshop helps to strengthen the regional capacities for the sustainable use of animal genetic resources in East Africa

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© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group photo of all the participants Workshop "Strengthening institutional capacity for the management of animal genetic resources in Eastern Africa".© 2014 AU-IBAR. Group photo of all the participants Workshop "Strengthening institutional capacity for the management of animal genetic resources in Eastern Africa".Kampala, Uganda (March 2014) – The African Union – Inter African Bureau of Animal resources (AU-IBAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly organized a three-day workshop focusing on strengthening institutional capacity for the management of animal genetic resources in Eastern Africa.

Attended by 35 experts and representatives from ten countries, Sub-Regional Organizations, Regional Economic Communities and civil society organizations, the workshop aimed at launching the process of establishing a Sub-Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources in Eastern Africa as part of the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, and strengthening collaboration among institutions dealing with animal genetic resources issues in the region.

At the end of three days deliberations, participants agreed on key priorities areas for the development of animal genetic resources in East Africa and the institutional and organizational structure of the Sub-Regional Focal Point with a secretariat to be hosted by ASARECA, the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa. They elected an interim steering committee and formulated a road map for the establishment of the Sub-Regional Focal Point, which will be a mechanism to foster coordination and collaboration among various institutions in the region dealing with animal genetic resources.

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Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in IGAD Member States

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18th February 2014
Djibouti

© 2014 AU-IBAR. A partnership agreement was signed between IGAD Secretariat and AU-IBAR represented by Mr Yufnalis Okubo and Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy.© 2014 AU-IBAR. A partnership agreement was signed between IGAD Secretariat and AU-IBAR represented by Mr Yufnalis Okubo and Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy.The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat has today launched a new project entitled "Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Trade in IGAD Member States" in Djibouti.

The launching workshop was opened in the presence of Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy, Director of AU-IBAR representing the African Union Commission, Mr Yufnalis OKUBO representing the IGAD Secretariat, His Excellency Mr Joseph Silva, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Djibouti and Dr. Moussa Cheik the CVO of Republic of Djibouti representing the Minister of Agriculture, livestock and Fisheries. It was also attended by representatives of the IGAD region Member States, the African Union Pan-African Vaccine Center (AU-PANVAC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

The project is aimed to improve animal disease surveillance and livestock identification and traceability system (LITS) and will be implemented for three years in the eight Member States of the IGAD region, which include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The project is financed by the European Union within the framework of the Regional Indicative Programme of the 10th European Funds for Development (10th EDF) and of the initiative Supporting the Horn of Africa's Resilience (SHARE), and has been endowed with 6 million Euros.

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AU-IBAR facilitates Africa’s contribution to the FAO 2nd State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources Report

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A Continental Facilitation Workshop organized by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) GENETICS Project Team held in Naivasha, Kenya from the 28th to 31st January 2014.

The GENETICS Project, which began in 2013 and will end in July 2018, is funded by the European Union and implemented by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). It aims at strengthening the capacity of African countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to sustainably use and conserve animal genetic resources (AnGR) through institutionalizing national and regional policy, legal and technical instruments and implementing actions that will result in the judicious exploitation of AnGR in Africa.

One of the strategies of the GENETICS Project implementation was to facilitate and fast-track the execution of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for sustainable use of AnGR in Africa for which the continent is currently lagging behind. Member States (MS) were expected to submit their Country Reports to contribute to the Second State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources by 31st January 2014. Since the adoption of the GPA for the conservation of animal genetic resources, only four (4) African countries had submitted their reports on the implementation of the GPA by November 2010. This was mainly attributed to the fact that only a few African countries had developed or implemented National Action Plans (NAPs) and in instances where the NAPs were already outlined; low technical and/or financial capacity hindered their implementation.