17th-19th February 2020
The Nineth Meeting of the Annual Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Government and People of Ghana. The meeting was supported by the AU-IBAR through funding from African Union Member states.
The meeting was held from the 17th to 19th February 2020 at Mensvick Grand Hotel in Accra, Ghana.
The main objective of the expert consultative meeting was to develop terms of reference, rules of procedures and related underpinning governance instruments of ANAF to reflect the expanded scope and the new institutional arrangement with regards to transfer of the ANAF Secretariat to AU-IBAR.
Specific objectives were to:
- review the current Terms of References (TORs), mission objectives and rules of procedures
- review the membership criteria, categories of membership
- review the action plan from 2018 Nairobi meeting
- present structure of the proposed new ANAF webpage
- sharing experience and best practices on aquaculture environmental management by member states
- conduct filed mission to cage farming sites on Volta Lake for lessons learning and best practices in environmental management in aquatic fish production systems
The meeting was attended by 30 representatives from the 17 African Union Member States namely: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia; Regional Institutions: Lake Victoria Fisheries Organisation (LVFO), Development Partner: Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO); and Independent Experts from Private Sector and Academic Institutions. Also in attendance were staff members of AU-IBAR.
The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Dr Divine Ngala Tombuh (Cameroon), Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa), Mrs Joyce Ikwaput-Nyeko (Uganda), and Dr Venantious Mulenga Musonda (Zambia).
In East Africa, the dairy value chain is considered very important and contributes significantly to the regional economies. This is further emphasized by the East African Community (EAC) and other stakeholders. Key intervention areas were identified to promote this priority livestock value chain in the region. One of the key interventions proposed is the promotion of utilization and adoption of application of the latest reproductive technologies to increase milk production in the respective member states. There is indeed room for growth and opportunities for East Africa to embrace available and novel technologies and innovations that will propel the value chain to function at the desired level. It is therefore pertinent that, the East African member states provide enabling environments for increased technology uptake, utilization and transfer.
As part of providing leadership and coordination in the sustainable development of the continent’s Animal Resources, AU-IBAR is implementing a 5-year project on “Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa - Live2Africa”. The Live2Africa project is a vehicle for the promotion of the implementation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and is aligned with Agenda 2063 development goals. One of the key project’s focus areas is to enhance utilization and adoption of technologies as well as build human capacities in priority livestock value chains in the regions. In line with AU-IBAR’s mandate, the Live2Africa project is training key stakeholders on the use of various assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) to ensure optimal milk production, processing and value addition.
Robust training is pertinent as it ultimately culminates in increased ART transfer and adoption across the region. The increased awareness creation through training further draws the attention of policy makers on the benefits of ARTs and ultimately triggers increased investment in the Dairy livestock value chain.
Nairobi, Kenya, December 8th 2019
The Africa Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is supporting the Africa Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to accelerate intra-African trade and boost Africa’s trading position in the global animal commodity market. It is on this basis that AU-IBAR is convening a Continental forum seeking to promote dialogue amongst AU Member States for the operationalization of AfCFTA. The forum will be held in Accra, Ghana from 11-13 December, 2019, and will regard actions to be implemented at the operational, technical and administrative levels in relation to trade in animal commodities.
The forum, under the theme: “Accelerating intra-African trade and boosting Africa’s trading position in the global animal commodity market” will identify key challenges and opportunities, potential intervention areas for support and mechanisms for the efficient functioning of the African common market.
As an entry point to promoting livestock trade within the framework of the AfCFTA, the Continental forum is being implemented under the framework of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA). The success of the livestock sector in terms of the gross domestic product (GDP) is largely due to commercialization and intensification that has increased turnover and off take from the export of a range of animal products. The African livestock sector contributes between 30 and 80% of the agricultural GDP, and has the potential to deliver both agricultural growth and the socio-economic transformation as envisioned in the June 2014 African Union (AU) Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Africa Agriculture Growth and Transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods.
13th - 16th November 2019 Libreville, Gabon.
- The African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Pan-Africa Policy Research Network for Fisheries and Aquaculture- organised a write-shop on the formulation of Policy Briefs on Integrating Women and Youth in Fisheries and Aquaculture Value Chains and Business Development. The writeshop primarily based on consolidating Lessons and best practices from 8th Session of the Aquaculture Network for Africa (ANAF) and the 3rd Bureau meeting of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFISHNET) held in Botswana in August 2019 and Cote D’Ivoire in September 2019 respectively.
- The present meeting was organised in collaboration with the People and Government of Gabon in the Capital City, Libreville from the 13-16 November 2019.
- The major objective of the writers-shop was aimed at reviewing the reports of the ANAF and AWFISHNET meetings; collate present information from experts’ presentations on experiences, lessons and best practices and then develop policy briefs on priority actions on enhancing the integration of women and youth in fisheries and aquaculture value chains and business development.
The meeting was attended by 26 representatives from nine African Union Member States namely: Cameroun, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia; Regional institutions: Regional Fisheries Commission for the Gulf of Guinea/Commission Régionale des Pêches du Golfe de Guinée (COREP) and members of the Policy Research Network for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa, independent experts from private sector and Academic institutions, representatives of women groups (AWFISHNET). Also in attendance were staff members of AU-IBAR.
The selected rapporteurs for this meeting were Ms Hellen Moepi (South Africa) and Mrs. Guylene Nkoane (Gabon).
Mr Georges MBA ASSEKO, Technical Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food in Gabon facilitated the opening session.
Dakar, Senegal November 11th, 2019
AU-IBAR is supporting an initiative on re-profiling of the veterinary profession, designing and rolling out of a Day 100 competencies curriculum for newly appointed Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) to serve their role in implementing their strategic, administrative and technical solutions to animal production/ health problems and to address the attendant challenges of the role. A workshop seeking to address the challenge facing animal health system and services in the majority of African countries and providing a possible direction that the veterinary profession might take to meet the challenge associated to a functional veterinary profession is being held in Dakar, Senegal from 11-15 November, 2019.
The workshop on the review and validation for re-profiling of veterinary profession is being held under the theme: "Leadership and Functional Competencies for Quality Veterinary Services". The workshop falls under the Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa (Live2Africa), a European Union funded programme with the overall mandate to strengthen systemic capacity of continental, regional and national animal sector stakeholders.
According to the findings of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) evaluations studies, Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) and GAP analysis carried out in the recent years, the performance of the veterinary sector in sub-Saharan Africa over the past years has faced the major burden of responsibility in seeking and applying technical solutions within the domain of institutional, financial, infrastructural and human resource environments.
The necessity of veterinary professionals to influence change in the policy environments they work in calls for veterinary services to set high visions, consonant with the great unexploited potential of the livestock sector and the manpower resources of Africa. These skills are particularly critical for new incoming Chief Veterinary Officers.
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