From 2nd to 4th August 2017, the beautiful city of Abuja in the Federal Republic of Nigeria hosted a Think Tank Meeting on Intra-regional Fish Trade in Africa in the context of the Africa’s Agriculture Growth and Transformation Agenda. The meeting was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and WorldFish with support from the European Union (EU).
The overall objective of this meeting was to present the research and development findings and outputs by studies under the Fisheries Governance and Fish Trade Projects and to identify policy entry points that will enhance intra-regional trade of fish and fish products for improved and significant contributions to the Malabo goals of tripling regional trade by 2025.
The specific objectives included:
- Assess the status of the regional fish trade in Africa and its contribution to food and nutrition security.
- Assess the institutional and policy environment hindering intra-African fish trade.
- Share experiences (best practices, knowledge and lessons learnt) on regional fish trade.
- Identify priority policy entry points and develop action plans for various national and regional stakeholders to strengthen their roles in facilitating inter and intra-regional fish trade in the continent.
The Think Tank Meeting on African Ornamental Fisheries was held on the 31st July-1st August, 2017 at the Chelsea Hotel in Abuja in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The meeting was organized by African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the support of the European Union (EU).
The overall objective of the meeting was to share experiences (success, failures and obstacles) on the past and ongoing interventions in the sector and develop strategies and action plans for improvement, governance and management of African ornamental fisheries in the context of the Malabo Declaration.
The meeting was attended by 46 participants representing the 16 African Union Member States: Republics of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, and Zambia; Regional Economic Communities: Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Regional Fisheries Institutions: Nile Basin Initiative/Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NBI/NELSAP), Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA); Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC); Non State Actors; Private sector; Research institutions; Independent Experts; Development Partners Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Also in attendance were staff members from the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR),NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA).
Continental Meeting on Veterinary Education
05th-07th July 2017, Dakar-Senegal
The First Continental Meeting on Veterinary Education whose theme was "Improving Quality of Veterinary training for enhanced veterinary services and socio-economic development" was held between 05th to 07th July 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting was organized under the aegis of the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the Inter-State School of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine of Dakar (EISMV). It was attended by 105 delegates from 37 African countries. The delegates were Deans or their representatives from Veterinary Education Establishments (VEEs) from 26 countries and Heads of Veterinary Statutory Boards (VSBs) from 33 countries. Other delegates were the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy and Director General of the EISMV, Prof Kaboret. The meeting was opened by Dr. Khadim GUEYE, representing the Senegalese Minister of Livestock Breeding and Animal Production. The meeting was closed by H. E. Madame Aminata MBENGUE NDIAYE, Minister of Livestock and Animal production.
Objectives of the Meeting
The global objective of the meeting was to contribute to the improvement of veterinary training for enhanced veterinary services and socio-economic development in African Countries. The specific objectives of the workshop were:
- To share information on continental strategic frameworks and other guidelines informing transformation of livestock and agriculture education and training.
- To take stock of the quality of the veterinary education.
- To share knowledge and experiences on the harmonization of veterinary training curricula, the development of accreditation mechanisms to promote the mobility of students and to agree on the way forward.
- To propose a roadmap for the establishment and operationalization of the African Association of Veterinary Education Institutions (2A2E-V).
- To discuss strategies for mobilizing resources for sustaining the activities of the network.
A workshop for continental livestock value chains actors was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 19th-21st July 2017. Workshop participants were drawn from a large pool of livestock value chain actors across the continent. The aim was to showcase their success stories such that these can be replicated. Presentations of success stories from various livestock value chain enterprises across the continent were made, covering the nature of business or organization, how long it has been in existence, number of people employed, source of initial investment, reasons for success of the business, markets for the business and market access requirements, government support for the business and ease of getting finance, policies or regulations that facilitate or hinder the business and suggestions for future development of the business. Other organizations that were represented included COMESA, FAO, ILRI, IGAD and UNECA. The workshop was organized by Dr Mphumuzi Sukati, AU-IBAR Senior Policy Officer – Economics, Trade and Marketing. Dr Bruce Mukanda represented AU-IBAR Director while Mr Thierry Kalonji and Dr Yonas Sinkala represented COMESA and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries of Zambia respectively. Some of the key outcomes of the workshop included the need to focus on regional market led livestock value chains and to build trust amongst livestock value chain actors. The inputs from the workshop will assist in the formulation of a continental Livestock Value Chains Investment Strategy.
Addis Ababa, 24th July 2017-A 2-day meeting was convened by the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture through its specialized technical office, AU-IBAR to launch the Africa Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) and the endorsement of the Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA) at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters from 24th-25th July 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Seventy participants comprising Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) and representatives from Member States (MSs) namely Zimbabwe, Tunisia, DR Congo, Gambia, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Chad, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Madagascar, Nigeria and Burkina Faso; Regional Economic Communities (RECs), IGAD, COMESA, ECCAS and ECOWAS; international organizations FAO and OIE, ILRI, Veterinary Education Establishments, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Dakar School of Veterinary Medicine, Senegal ; animal welfare organizations: Brooke, World Horse Welfare, Donkey Sanctuary, World Animal Protection, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Pan African Animal Welfare Alliance (PAWA), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture technical offices of AU-IBAR, AU-PANVAC and AU-PATTEC and a team of consultants attended the meeting.
- AU-IBAR Supported the Development of Livestock Farmers Associations and Livestock Value Chain Databases in African Countries
- Declaration of Dakar
- European Union and AU-IBAR Supports Training of Livestock Quarantines Practitioners
- AU-IBAR Strengthens Capacity of IGAD Member States in Project Proposal Formulation and Management