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.
18th February 2014
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.
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.
Dakar, Senegal, 18th-20th December 2013
A stakeholder consultation workshop to consolidate the development of a Strategic Framework for the Progressive Control of Neglected Animal Diseases in Africa (SF-PROCNADA) was held at the hotel Ngor Diarama in Dakar, Senegal, from 18th to 20th December 2013. Mr. Cheikh Tidiane Diop, Executive Assistant to the Minister of Ministry of Livestock, Senegal, officially opened the workshop in the presence of Dr. Baba Soumare, Chief Animal Health Officer, AU-IBAR; Prof. Cheihk Ly, Regional Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO Regional Office for Africa and Dr. Yacouba Samaké, Regional representative of OIE for Africa.
The meeting was attended by 26 participants from Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea/Conakry, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Chad, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Technical experts from AU-IBAR, FAO, IGAD, USDA-APHIS, CIRAD and EISMV also participated in the meeting.
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have signed a contribution agreement for the implementation of the project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources". This project is to be implemented by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) mainly aiming to strengthen the capacity of countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to sustainably use and conserve African animal genetic resources through institutionalising national and regional policies, legal and technical instruments. It will be implemented during the next 5 years in all AU Member States (MS) and has a total cost of Euro 15M (14.6M from the EU and 0.4M from the AU).
The objective of this project will be achieved through:
- Establishment of the status and trends of animal genetic resources
- Development of Policy frameworks for the sustainable use of AnGR
- Supporting and strengthening national and regional conservation and improvement strategies and initiatives
- Increasing knowledge, attitude and practice of the contribution of livestock and livestock sector to economic growth, food security and poverty reduction.
Operating within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), it will contribute to the initiation and promotion of policies and strategies that can significantly impact the development of the African rural economy and improve livelihoods through increasing agricultural productivity, ensuring food security and enhancing sustainable use and management of Africa's natural resources.