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Countries in the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region come together to agree on standardized approaches for data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping to support regional coordination and harmonization of TADs prevention and control

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© 2016 AU-IBAR/@HBoussini. Cross-Sectional Survey samples collection in Djibouti, Tadjourah region.© 2016 AU-IBAR/@HBoussini. Cross-Sectional Survey samples collection in Djibouti, Tadjourah region.A regional training workshop on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases (TADs) for the Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) region was recently organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the IGAD/ICPALD, under the framework of the surveillance for trade sensitive diseases (STSD) and Standards Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) projects supported by the European Union and USAID/KEA respectively from 12-16 December 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda. The training received technical support from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and FAO ECTAD-Eastern Africa.

The overall objective of the training program was to enhance knowledge and skills of veterinary epidemiologists from Greater Horn of Africa (GHoA) on data analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping for transboundary animal diseases.

The following were the specific objectives:

  • To improve knowledge on the importance of risk analysis and risk mapping for animal health decision making,
  • To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for analysis of cross-sectional survey data,
  • To equip national epidemiologists with the latest epidemiological and statistical techniques used for developing risk maps using cross-sectional survey data,
  • To enhance the practical knowledge of regional epidemiologists on how to utilize risk maps for animal health decision making.
  • To validate the risk assessment report and use it as a tool for training.

A total of 25 participants from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania attended the training as well as technical staff from AU-IBAR, ILRI and FAO/ECTAD.

The meeting was officially opened by Director of Animal Resources of Uganda, Dr. Nicholas Kauta who remarked “Accurate data collection and analysis, risk analysis and risk mapping are critical for informed decision making, to inform animal disease control strategies and program; and to attract funding opportunities”. Opening remarks were also made on behalf of the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-Sawalhy by Prof. James Wabacha. James said that “the training will improve practical skills among participants to undertake epidemiological/statistical analysis and enable them to effectively analyze the Cross Sectional Survey data that they have collected in their countries”.

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Training of Trainers Workshop for Trade amongst Private Sector Associations, in Particular of Women Fish Processors and Traders on Fish Handling, Hygiene and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures along The Post Harvest Value Chain

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Participants at the training of trainers’ workshop on fish handling, hygiene and SPS Measures along the post-harvest value chain.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo: Participants at the training of trainers’ workshop on fish handling, hygiene and SPS Measures along the post-harvest value chain.Kampala, Uganda. 9 – 11 November 2016. A Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for trade amongst private sector associations, in particular of women fish processors and traders on fish handling, hygiene and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures along the post-harvest value chain was organised by African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in partnership with NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and WorldFish with support from the European Union and collaboration with the Government of Uganda. The training was held from 9th to 11th November 2016 in Kampala, Uganda.

The objectives of the training workshop were to (1) Develop the capacity of women association on hygiene and implementation of SPS measure for production and handling of safe and quality fish products; (2) Identify institutional constraints that are bottlenecks to quality assured production and access of fish products to lucrative markets; (3) Networking, sharing of experience and best practices on post-harvest activities between associations from different regions in the continent.

The training workshop was attended by 37 participants mainly women representatives of fish processor and trader associations from the following African Union Member States: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, the Gambia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe; a representative of MOSFA (Media Observatory for Sustainable Fishing in Africa) and staff from AU-IBAR.

The opening ceremony of the workshop was marked by statement by Dr. Simplice Nouala Representing the Director of AU-IBAR. The official opening of the training workshop was by Hon. Minister of State for Animal Industry the Republic of Uganda, Mrs. Joy Kabatsi. She acknowledged the importance of fish and fishery products for food and nutrition security as well as livelihood and economic development of many women and families in Africa. She emphasized the importance of ensuring the fish is healthy and safe for human consumption, and attracts good price from buyers. The Hon. Minister encouraged participants to effectively take advantage of the training of trainers by learning and transfer the skills and empower other women in their associations or communities; and the effect of value addition through improved processing facilities.

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Final Communique - Regional Livestock Policy Hub Inauguration Workshop

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Regional Livestock Policy Hub Inauguration workshop held from 24-25 October 2016 at Ocean Bay Hotel in Banjul, the Gambia.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Regional Livestock Policy Hub Inauguration workshop held from 24-25 October 2016 at Ocean Bay Hotel in Banjul, the Gambia.The African Union, Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Ministry of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia and within the framework of the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa Program (VET-GOV) organized a Regional Livestock Policy Hub (RLPH) inauguration workshop held from 24-25 October 2016 at Ocean Bay Hotel in Banjul, the Gambia

Twente one (21) participants attended the workshop including the Director of Veterinary Services and the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia. The National Livestock Policy Hub Focal Points (NLPHFP) of the following Member States: Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea and Togo were present. Also present, were representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Confederation of the National Federations of Beef Value Chain of West Africa (COFENABVI-AO), the Women Association of West Africa (AFAO-WAWA), the Savannah and Sahelian Livestock Promotion Association (APESS), the West African Association of Poultry Value Chain (UOFA-AO), the International Livestock Research-Development Centre in sub-humid zone (CIRDES), the West Africa Livestock Innovation Centre/International Trypanotolerance Centre (WALIC/ITC), the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) and the Bilittal Maroobè Network (RBM).

The objectives of the workshop were as follows:

  • Officially launch the RLPH,
  • Critically reflect on responsibilities and contributions of the RLPH in the development of the livestock sector including an action plan ,
  • Identify role and steps to formalize the RLPH as a tool of ECOWAS,

Results of the Workshop

The Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia who declared the workshop open. Welcome remarks were presented by the representative of the ECOWAS Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment, and Water Resources, the Director of the Veterinary Services of the Gambia as well as representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and then the opening speech of the representative of the Ministry.

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AU-IBAR and RECs Resolve to Kick PPR out of Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR/HBoussini. Masai herders in Kilimandjaro.© 2016 AU-IBAR/HBoussini. Masai herders in Kilimandjaro.Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is one of the most devastating diseases of small ruminants in Africa. It is described as the most destructive viral disease and the number one constraint affecting and limiting the most valuable productive assets of African pastoralists in general and the poor and rural smallholder livestock producers in particular. The disease has been reported from many parts of sub-Saharan Africa for several decades as well as in the Middle East and Southern Asia since 1989. In Africa, PPR is endemic in most of the African countries, and it constitutes the main constraint to small ruminant production. It is therefore a constant threat to the livelihoods of the poor. Over the last ten years, the disease has spread rapidly from its traditional endemic areas in West Africa through East Africa into the southern and northern regions of the continent.

AU-IBAR and six Regional Economic Communities (EAC, IGAD, COMESA, ECCAS, UMA and SADC) met from 14th-15th October 2016 at Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania to review the Panafrican PPR Prevention, Control and Eradication Program developed in 2013 and align it to the draft global PPR Control and Eradication program recently developed by the FAO-OIE PPR Global Secretariat in consultation with stakeholders. The proposed programme will be a five year Action Plan (2017 -2021) to initiate the implementation of the 15 year Pan-african PPR Strategy.

Recognizing the ongoing efforts and initiatives in some Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and countries to develop strategies and programmes for the control of PPR and other priority small ruminant diseases, the proposed Pan African programme will address the alignment/harmonization, coordination and consolidation of a Panafrican approach to halt the current aggressive expansion of PPR. Immediate actions will aim at protectig the remaining PPR-free countries in northern and southern Africa while developing epidemiologically targeted control and eradication programmes for the countries where PPR is currently endemic.

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AU-IBAR Presents The LiDeSA to PAP

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. From left to right: The Clerk of the Pan African Parliament, Mr. Yusupha M. Jobe , the President of the Pan African Parliament, H.E. Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-sawalhy, and AU-IBAR’s Senior Programmes and Projects Officer, Dr. Bruce Mukanda.© 2016 AU-IBAR. From left to right: The Clerk of the Pan African Parliament, Mr. Yusupha M. Jobe , the President of the Pan African Parliament, H.E. Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-sawalhy, and AU-IBAR’s Senior Programmes and Projects Officer, Dr. Bruce Mukanda.Following an invitation extended to the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) by the H.E. Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang, President of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof. Ahmed El-sawalhy, led a delegation from the his institution to present the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) during the plenary of 3rd Ordinary Session of the 4th Pan African Parliament (PAP) held in the resort City of Sharm El Sheik, Egypt from 10th October 2016. The presentation on the LiDeSA, was made on Wednesday 12th October 2016 and was done in two parts; the first part was presented by the Director, highlighting AU-IBAR's history, strategic focus, functions and stakeholders, and the second part which was presented by Dr. Bruce Mukanda, AU-IBAR Senior Programmes and Projects Officer, focused on the LiDeSA, and highlighted its genesis, formulation process, the strategy, its implementation modalities and the Live2Africa, an upcoming project to be launched soon.

The members applauded the quality of the presentation and expressed their appreciation for the efforts that the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) was making towards the development of the livestock sector on the continent.

Furthermore, the members of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) highlighted the importance of the livestock sector to livelihoods on the continent and the various challenges the sector faces. They committed themselves to supporting the AU in its efforts to popularize the implementation of the Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) with a view to improving the sector.