1. The regional workshop on the establishment of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources for North Africa, in the frame of strengthening institutional capacity of the African Union Member States for the conservation and the sustainable utilisation of animal genetic resources was held from 9th to 10th June 2014 in Algiers (Algeria).
2. The global objective of the workshop was to establish the Sub-Regional Focal Point for North Africa, for the management of Animal Genetic Resources. The specific objectives were:
- Share information on the state of animal genetic resources and the current initiatives in the North African countries;
- Set the structure and the institutional arrangements for the Sub-regional focal point for North Africa;
- Select the Institution to host the Secretariat of the Sub-regional focal point;
- Set the priority actions for the Sub-regional focal point.
3. 15 participants from 05 AU Member States attended to the workshop, namely from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.
4. The workshop held in the premises of INRAA was officially opened by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development represented by Dr. Hemdani Hamid, in the presence of Dr. Chouaki Salah, Assistant Director for INRAA and Dr. Simplice Nouala representing the Director of AU-IBAR.
5. The different sessions were chaired by Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia and the workshop was facilitated by the project team members, Drs. Edward Nengomasha and Tchangai Pissang.
- The African Union – Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) organized from 1st – 3rd April 2014 a workshop, focusing on strengthening institutional capacity for the management of animal genetic resources in Southern Africa.
- The workshop was organized in the framework of the implementation of the Project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of African Animal Genetic Resources".
- The workshop aimed at launching the process of establishing a Sub-Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources in Southern Africa as part of the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.
- The meeting was attended by 11 countries from Southern Africa region, Sub-Regional Research Organizations (CCARDESA), International Research Institutions (ILRI), FAO and Civil Society Organizations.
- The opening ceremony was chaired by Dr Simplice Nouala, Chief Animal Production Officer representing the Director of AU-IBAR. In his welcome remarks Dr Nouala mentioned that the Global Plan of Action clearly highlights the important roles of Regional Focal Points (RFP) and regional networks in building collaborative partnerships, coordinating regional efforts, facilitating the exchange of information and promoting technical cooperation, training and research in the management of AnGR. Recalling the past experiences of Southern, West and Central Africa, and much recently of Eastern Africa, Dr Nouala suggested to re-think the way to set an operational Sub-Regional Focal Point for Southern Africa. AU-IBAR as the continental institution of the African Union mandated to promote the utilization of animal resources to achieve food security, improved livelihoods and reduce poverty will do whatever is necessary to encourage African Member States to fulfill their obligations to the Global Plan of Action and show the world Africa's commitment to this cause.
- Mr. Sikosana, Director Division of Livestock Research of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, welcomed the participants to the workshop. He stressed on the importance of livestock and AnGR to livestock keepers and the World as a whole. He extended his appreciation to partners, such as AU-IBAR, FAO and ILRI who support AnGR initiatives. Referring to the establishment of the Sub-Regional Focal Point for Southern Africa, he insisted on the need for the region to have a body that will guide and coordinate AnGR initiatives in the region. Mr Sikosana, before declaring the workshop open, thanked sincerely AU-IBAR and FAO for choosing Harare to be the host City for the workshop.
- Dr. P. Boettcher, from FAO Rome, welcomed participants to Harare, on behalf of the Country Representative for FAO in Zimbabwe. He mentioned that the workshop is part of ongoing cooperation between FAO and AU-IBAR. The attendance by NGOs, civil society and Research institutions show the importance of the workshop. He also recalled the importance of AnGR to Agriculture and their contribution to income generation and livelihoods. With regards to the establishment of the Regional and Sub-Regional Focal points, he stressed first on the importance and insisted that Africa was the only region with formal basis of establishment of Sub-Regional-Focal Points compare with other regions, thanks to AU-IBAR who took up this role of Regional Focal Point. Dr. Boettcher concluded on the importance of having the S-RFP anchored in regional Institutions.
- The following presentations were made in plenary:
- Status of implementation of the GPA in Africa by FAO;
- Status of implementation of AU-IBAR activities on AnGR in Africa by AU-IBAR,
- Synthesis of the electronic discussion on the status of the activities in AnGR in Southern Africa, by Mr. C. Okore, National Coordinator for Kenya;
- Regional priorities identified during the meeting in Gaborone, Botswana in November 2013, by AU-IBAR;
- Review of Country activities, projects and progress realized in AnGR management in the last 10 years, by the National Coordinators representing the Member States, using a template shared prior to the workshop;
- Roles and responsibilities of National, Regional and Global Focal Points for the Management of AnGR by FAO;
- Synthesis of the electronic discussion on the Sub Regional priorities for sustainable management of animal genetic resources by Mr. C. Okore;
- Lessons learnt from the now defunct S-RFP for Southern Africa, by CCARDESA;
- "Information Solution" by Thato Supang from Agribusiness Forum Database Botswana.
- 9. The group discussions were organized around the following issues:
- Sub Regional priorities for sustainable management of animal genetic resources and the action plan to handle them,
- Structure and institutional arrangements for the S-RFP for Southern Africa,
- Membership of the Steering Committee;
- Road Map for establishment of a Sub-Regional Focal Point,
- Election of an Interim Steering Committee that will supervise the implementation of the S-RFP,
- The priorities for the S-RFP.
Kampala, Uganda (March 2014) – The African Union – Inter African Bureau of Animal resources (AU-IBAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly organized a three-day workshop focusing on strengthening institutional capacity for the management of animal genetic resources in Eastern Africa.
Attended by 35 experts and representatives from ten countries, Sub-Regional Organizations, Regional Economic Communities and civil society organizations, the workshop aimed at launching the process of establishing a Sub-Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources in Eastern Africa as part of the implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, and strengthening collaboration among institutions dealing with animal genetic resources issues in the region.
At the end of three days deliberations, participants agreed on key priorities areas for the development of animal genetic resources in East Africa and the institutional and organizational structure of the Sub-Regional Focal Point with a secretariat to be hosted by ASARECA, the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa. They elected an interim steering committee and formulated a road map for the establishment of the Sub-Regional Focal Point, which will be a mechanism to foster coordination and collaboration among various institutions in the region dealing with animal genetic resources.
A Continental Facilitation Workshop organized by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) GENETICS Project Team held in Naivasha, Kenya from the 28th to 31st January 2014.
The GENETICS Project, which began in 2013 and will end in July 2018, is funded by the European Union and implemented by the African Union-Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). It aims at strengthening the capacity of African countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to sustainably use and conserve animal genetic resources (AnGR) through institutionalizing national and regional policy, legal and technical instruments and implementing actions that will result in the judicious exploitation of AnGR in Africa.
One of the strategies of the GENETICS Project implementation was to facilitate and fast-track the execution of the Global Plan of Action (GPA) for sustainable use of AnGR in Africa for which the continent is currently lagging behind. Member States (MS) were expected to submit their Country Reports to contribute to the Second State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources by 31st January 2014. Since the adoption of the GPA for the conservation of animal genetic resources, only four (4) African countries had submitted their reports on the implementation of the GPA by November 2010. This was mainly attributed to the fact that only a few African countries had developed or implemented National Action Plans (NAPs) and in instances where the NAPs were already outlined; low technical and/or financial capacity hindered their implementation.