The African Union –Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) supported selected African Union member countries (AU-MSs) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the creation and development of a database for livestock farmer associations and livestock value chains. The broad objective of the initiative is to engage and support the national farmers organizations to better respond to the needs of their membership thereby enhancing their capacities to contribute meaningfully to policy development processes, improving their leadership and organizational management capacities and sustenance of good governance.
During a needs assessment workshop held from 10th–13th July at Mahe Island,Seychelles, representatives from 13 MSs and 3 RECs met to finalize the form and structure of the database as well as the data collection instruments including the data collection modules and forms. They also agreed on how the modules will continue to be populated and the activity sustained at the national and regional level. Participants also agreed on how the database will be managed and how information generated from the database can be shared to the general public.
The continental workshop of Dakar convened on the initiative of West African Women's Association (WAWA) with the support of the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union (UA-IBAR) bringing together breeders coming from West, central, East, North and South Africa to deal with the issue of local milk sector in Africa.
It was attended by several authorities including the Director of Livestock of Senegal, representing the Ministry of Livestock and Animal Production in Senegal, the Executive Director of the West African Women's Association, representatives of the government of Senegal (Primature - Food Safety, Ministry of Family, Women and Children, Ministry of Vocational Training for Apprenticeship and Crafts, Ministry of Integration and NEPAD, peasant organizations, association of producers ( DIRFEL, APESS, ...).
The interesting discussions were held around the theme: "Exchanges and sharing of experiences among African women in Livestock development activities".
Whereas the success of the milk sector causes many concerns in a context where imports of milk and milk products increased from $27 million in 2002 for more than $37 million in 2015 (Report of the Ministry of Livestock in Senegal in 2016).
Considering that the family farms as well as the mini-dairies are models to be encouraged in the secondary diary pools even though they only still have a marginal effect on national consumption, Considering that the dairy industries mainly use milk power (80 to 100%100 for their procurement) in most countries.
In July 2017, the European Union in partnership with AU-IBAR Enhancing Somali Livestock Trade (ESOLT) Project and IGAD/ICPALD Standards, Methods and Procedures (SMP-AH) Project implemented a training to improve the participatory, inclusive and effective governance of procedures used in the Somali quarantines.
The aim of this training was to:
- Equip quarantine veterinary staff with knowledge and skills in quarantine operation and practices to mitigate against the risk of exporting live animals with TAD agents.
- Enhance communication and cooperation between the staff of the various quarantine stations to advocate and apply harmonized procedures.
- Exchange lessons among personnel drawn from the different quarantines.
- Facilitate discussions on enhancing the role of owners of the quarantines and Ministries in charge of Livestock for improved compliance.
The end result of the project is to ensure more livestock exports, of better quality, of different types reaching various regional and international markets in a reliable and consistent way and competitively.
The 5-day training was held from 2nd-6th July 2017 at the IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) in Somaliland.
The training was officially opened by State Minister of Somaliland Ministry of Livestock Hon. Engineer Abdi Rashid Mohamoud Ali, accompanied by the Mayor of the district Mr. Ibrahim Abdallah Absiye, and other delegates from Puntland and Mogadishu. In his remarks, the Minister welcomed participants to Somaliland and noted the essence of harmonising procedures within the Somali export quarantines as a way of addressing the ban in livestock trade.
A 5-day training workshop on project proposal formulation and management was organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with ICPALD/IGAD within the scope of the Surveillance of Trade Sensitive Diseases (STSD) and the Reinforcing Animal Health Services in Somalia (RAHS) projects for IGAD Member States (MS) from 22nd-26th May 2017 at Eureka Place Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
Program and/or Project proposal development and management are essential in any development process. In most of the African countries, livestock programmes and projects are often poorly designed and inadequately targeted, leading to the inefficient and fragmented allocation of scarce development resources. Policies related to the livestock sector are often incoherent with ill-defined goals and with little or no assessment of their likely impact. The lack of consistent, integrated strategies, programs and projects that focus limited resources on identified and attainable goals remains a major constraint to livestock development. The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) has been developing and implementing programs and projects in African countries since its establishment in 1951. One of the major gaps identified is the inadequate capacity of Member States in developing and implementing programs and projects at national level in line with the latest international best practices. It is against this background that led MS to seek support from AU-IBAR to enhance their capacity in the development and implementation of relevant, competitive and bankable project proposals in order to mobilize resources from various partners and ensure implementation for results. The initial phase involves all the African MSs starting within the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region.
A consultative workshop for establishment of a continental network for women fish processors and traders organized by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Agency (NPCA), WorldFish and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania was held from 20th to 22nd April 2017, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The main objective of the workshop was to establish a continental network of women fish processors and traders that would facilitate (i) collaboration and cooperation between women fish processor and trader associations in the continent, (ii) sharing of best practices, experiences, technologies and learning together, (iii) advocate for issues affecting their activities and facilitate enabling policy environment to enhance their role in the fisheries sector in the continent, (iv) attract increased public & private investment in fish post-harvest activities (fish processing and trading), (v) strengthen their role as Small Medium and Enterprises (SMEs) and hence expand their market and marketing opportunities, resulting in improved intra-regional African fish trade.
The workshop was attended by 55 participants from 28 African Union Member states namely Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo, D.R. Congo, Cote D’ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Zambia, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda; Regional institutions as Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) and Regional Commission of Fisheries of Gulf of Guinea (COREP); African Network of Women in Fisheries (RAFEP/COMHAFAT), expert from Electronic Fish Market Information Service (EFMIS-Ke) and Sierra Leone Environment Protection Agency (SLEPA), Private Sector foundation Uganda and, GIZ, as well as AU-IBAR staff members.
The opening ceremony was marked by statements from the representative of the Director AU-IBAR, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the United Republic of Tanzania on behalf of the Honourable Minister of the same ministry.
The Agenda was adopted with amendments.
The technical session was organised in the following sequence.
Setting the scene
- Background, objectives and expected outcome of the meeting by AU-IBAR.
This technical session focused on:
- Role of Women in Fisheries Management and Development in Africa - Fish Processing: Status, challenges and opportunities.
- Experience from an existing Regional African Network for Women in Fisheries (RAFEP).
- Communication and exchange of information between network members and the information types: the Kenyan experience of Electronic Fish Market Information Services (EFMIS-Ke).
Working Group Sessions
- The rules of procedure:
- A Presentation was given by Dr. Mohamed Seisay of AU-IBAR on “Developing Rule of procedures – how do they look like in general terms” following which two group were formed to develop rules and Procedure for the Network.
- Identifying sustainability options for the network.
- Development of an action plan for the network:
- The strategic actions matched with the objectives, resources, inputs and persons responsible required to achieve the Plan Actions.
Outcomes of the Meeting
- The meeting developed and adopted rules of procedures for the network of women fish processors and traders in Africa.
- The workshop developed a two year priority action plan that was adopted subject to minor amendments.
- The plenary developed a sustainability strategy for the network that was adopted subject to some amendment.
- The bureau of the network was elected as follows:
- Chairperson: : Mrs Beyene Ateba Baliaba - Cameroun
- 1st Vice chairperson: Mrs Jeriedayaro Patricia Uwheraka –Nigeria
- 2nd Vice Chairperson: Ms. Sihem Hammad- Algeria
- Secretary General: Mrs. Editrudith Lukanga - Tanzania
- 1st Deputy Secretary General: Ms. Magne Kaptue Flore - Cameroun
- 2nd Deputy Secretary general: Mrs. Gomez Ayaba Victoire - Benin
- Treasurer: Mrs. Susan Odour- Kenya
- Deputy treasurer: Ms. Marwa Mamdouh Lotfy - Egypt
- People with Disability: Mrs. Maisha Ishingwa Patricia - DRC
- Youth representative: Ms. Kasazi Lutuno Nyendwa - Zambia
The country hosting the secretariat will house the platform until the General Assembly decides otherwise.
- The continental network would function more efficiently if representation from each Member State was done through recognized national women’s networks to which individual associations were ascribed. It was therefore suggested that each country establish a national women’s network.
- Strengthen the capacity of national women’s associations/networks and encourage the formation of national women’s networks where they do not exist.
- The participating country representatives are advised to send feedback to their fisheries line ministries.
- To aid in the formation of national networks, the focal persons/association should conduct mapping of women associations in fish processing and trade in their respective countries.
- Countries with no country networks, the focal person/association should take the responsibility to facilitate formation of national networks.
The chairperson of the network read the declaration by women who established the network.
Mrs. Gomez Ayaba Victoire on behalf of the participants thanked AU-IBAR for organising this timely workshop in support of the women fish processors and traders in the continent. She expressed gratitude to the government and the people of the united Republic of Tanzania for hosting the meeting and providing the enabling environment that have allowed for establishment of the “AFRICAN WOMEN FISH PROCESSORS AND TRADERS NETWORK” (AWFishNET).
The closing ceremony was marked by remarks from the elected chairperson of the continental Network; Mrs. Beyene Ateba Baliaba, the representative of the Director AU-IBAR; Ms. Nelly Isyagi, and the workshop was officially closed by Mrs Fatma Sobo, Representative of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, United Republic of Tanzania.
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- Communiqué - Workshop on the Establishment of the East Africa Platform of Non State Actors in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (EARFISH)