The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) have signed a contribution agreement for the implementation of the project "Strengthening the Capacity of African Countries to Conservation and Sustainable Utilisation of African Animal Genetic Resources". This project is to be implemented by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) mainly aiming to strengthen the capacity of countries and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to sustainably use and conserve African animal genetic resources through institutionalising national and regional policies, legal and technical instruments. It will be implemented during the next 5 years in all AU Member States (MS) and has a total cost of Euro 15M (14.6M from the EU and 0.4M from the AU).
The objective of this project will be achieved through:
- Establishment of the status and trends of animal genetic resources
- Development of Policy frameworks for the sustainable use of AnGR
- Supporting and strengthening national and regional conservation and improvement strategies and initiatives
- Increasing knowledge, attitude and practice of the contribution of livestock and livestock sector to economic growth, food security and poverty reduction.
Operating within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), it will contribute to the initiation and promotion of policies and strategies that can significantly impact the development of the African rural economy and improve livelihoods through increasing agricultural productivity, ensuring food security and enhancing sustainable use and management of Africa's natural resources.