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Press Release - Courtesy Call by the World Bank Practice Manager in Charge of Africa Environment and Fisheries to the Director of AU-IBAR

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group Photo.The World Bank Practice Manager in charge of Africa Environmental and Fisheries, Ms Magda Lovei paid courtesy call on the Director of AU-IBAR, Professor Ahmed El-sawalhy. The meeting took place in the premises of AU-IBAR on the 19th May 2016.

The Director of AU-IBAR welcomed the World Bank Practice Manager and expressed appreciation for the excellent collaboration with the Bank in the successful implementation of the GEF/World Bank funded programme "Strategic Partnership for Fisheries Investment Fund (SPFIF)" that was implemented from 2007 to 2011 in collaboration with FAO and WWF. Without doubt, the AU-IBAR Director noted, this programme initiated the growing institutional collaboration in the management of Africa fisheries as well as created awareness on the importance of good governance in the management of Africa large marine ecosystems. In her Remarks, the World Bank Practice Manager, Ms Magda Lovei, expressed delight at being welcome at AU-IBAR to meet with collaborating partners. She assured the AU-IBAR Director of the Bank’s continuing commitment in fisheries development on the continent for improved transparency in order to harness the potential of the sector for improved food security and economic growth. Both the Director and Ms. Magda Lovei noted the importance of collaboration and coordination between the two institutions as was manifested by the very successful outcome of the jointly organized workshop, held in Elmina, Ghana, March 2016, on enhancing African journalists’ skills in accurately communicating issues in fisheries.

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Communiqué - SADC Livestock Technical Committee (LTC) Meeting on the Establishment of the Regional gene bank and the Host Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group of participants at the SADC Livestock Technical Committee (LTC) Meeting on the Establishment of the Regional gene bank and the Host Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group of participants at the SADC Livestock Technical Committee (LTC) Meeting on the Establishment of the Regional gene bank and the Host Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) in Southern AfricaFrom 11th to 12th May 2016, the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) jointly with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organized the “Livestock Technical Committee (LTC) meeting on the establishment of the Regional gene bank and on the host Sub-Regional Focal Point (S-RFP) for animal genetic resources (AnGR) in Southern Africa”.

The meeting held in Gaborone, Botswana brought together the members of the Livestock Technical Committee represented by the Directors of Veterinary Services and the Directors of Animal Production (from Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe), other stakeholders of the LTC (ILRI “International Livestock Research Institute”, OIE “World Animal Health Organization” and BVI “Botswana Vaccine Institute”); the Steering Committee members of the S-RFP for AnGR in Southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe) and its Secretariat CCARDESA (Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa), the Non-State actors (Heifer International) and AU-IBAR.

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Communiqué - Rwanda National Training of Trainers on Honey Production, Safe Handling of Bee Hives, Development of Bee Hive Products, Bees Disease Control and Pollination Services

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The Mirror Hotel, 9-11 May, Kigali, Rwanda

Background and Context of Training Workshop

Rwanda, in its Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture in Rwanda Phase (PSTA III 2013) recognized the apiculture as a priority value chain due to multiple contributions to food security, nutrition, employment, rural incomes and biodiversity conservation. The Government has put in place an enabling policy, legal and regulatory framework including the National Beekeeping Strategy and a Ministerial Order to enhance sector regulation. A National Forum of Beekeeping in Rwanda was also established. With a production base of over 30,000 producers with over 90,000 largely traditional hives, the sector remains underdeveloped with significant untapped potential. Rwanda has the opportunity to export honey to lucrative European Union (EU) markets given approval of it residue monitoring plan in 2014. While there is some export, it is limited and uneven, with producers unable to meet even local demand, underscoring the huge untapped potential of the sector. The PSTA III outlines strategies to increase production, development of honey and wax value chains and enhance capacity for quality processing to meet export standards.

The African Union- InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) which is mandated to provide leadership in the development of Africa’s animal resources is implementing a continental project “The African Reference Laboratory for the Management of Pollinator Bee Diseases and Pests for Food Security. This Project, which is a collaborative effort with the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) funded by the European Union is structured to generate new knowledge to control bee diseases and pests and package the information for more efficient knowledge management, awareness building to elevate the profile of the sector, and provide policy makers and regulators with advice with the aim of harmonizing procedures and legislation relating to bee health issues at national, regional and continental levels. In addition the Project aims to utilize the information generated and the knowledge systems developed to enhance the capacity of beekeepers and other sector actors, and of extensions workers to utilize improved bee health technologies and innovations. It will also promote timely collection, analysis and sharing of bee health information as it pertains to sustenance of bee populations, impacts on production, quality and safety of products for human consumption.

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Press Release - Expert Meeting on the development of Standard Operating Procedures for the management of Regional gene banks for Animal Genetic Resources

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo for experts workshop.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Group photo for experts workshop.Africa is endowed with a rich diversity of animal genetic resources (AnGR) which play a very important role in the livelihoods of millions of Africans making invaluable contributions to food security and economic development. However, Africa has been losing some of its important AnGR due to various factors including indiscriminate crossbreeding, poor and uncoordinated breeding programmes and lack of supportive policies and legislation and deliberate conservation initiatives, among others. The African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) Genetics Project “Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources” is implementing an activity “Support for the establishment of regional/sub-regional facilities for ex situ conservation, in particular cryogenic storage and establish gene banks for AnGR” which seeks to support the conservation and sharing of animal genetic materials. Five gene banks have since been identified and endorsed by Member States (MS) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in the various regions to serve as regional gene banking facilities. This approach will promote regional cooperation and integration through sharing of available resources for the in situ and ex situ conservation of AnGR.

An Expert meeting was convened by AU-IBAR from the 21st to 23rd April 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda and was officially opened by Dr Theogene Rutagwenda, Director of Animal Resources Development representing the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Agnes Matilda Kalibata. A total of fifty one (51) participants drawn from Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Netherlands were in attendance. Representatives from the following RECs: CENSAD, ECCAS, ECOWAS, IGAD, SADC and UMA and continental institutions: AU-PANVAC and African Regional Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ARIPO) also attended the meeting. Two experts from Senegal (Alain Kamga), Nigeria (Aludayo Amokaye) and representatives from AU-IBAR facilitated the meeting.

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Communiqué - The Consultative Workshop for the East Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) Region and The 4th Meeting of The SADC Task Force on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

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© 2016 AU-IBAR. Participants of  the consultative workshop for the East Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) region and  the 4th meeting of the SADC task force on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing held at  Cardoso Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique May 9-11, 2016.© 2016 AU-IBAR. Participants of the consultative workshop for the East Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) region and the 4th meeting of the SADC task force on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing held at Cardoso Hotel, Maputo, Mozambique May 9-11, 2016.Introduction

The consultative workshop for the East Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) region and the 4th Meeting of the SADC Taskforce on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing was held on the 09-11, May, 2016 at the Hotel Cardoso in Maputo in the Republic of Mozambique. The meeting was organized in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat, the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Secretariat, and the Government of the Republic of Mozambique with the support of the European Union (EU), the World Bank (WB) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The overall objective of the meeting was to develop a regional collaborative mechanism for effective management of shared fisheries resources in the EA-SA-IO region and to validate the draft Charter for the establishment of the Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre (MCS) in Southern Africa.

Participation

The meeting was attended by government representatives from the Republics of Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, DR Congo, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Also in attendance were staff members from the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), European Union (EU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA), East Africa Community/Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (EAC/LVFO), Nile Basin Initiative/Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Program (NBI/NELSAP), Southern African Development Community (SADC), Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF), South Western Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC), The World Bank, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM). Also in attendance were the AU-IBAR consultants and representative from the Interpol Regional Bureau of Harare.