Result 4 will focus on dissemination of information on issues affecting AnGR and rural community living in the targeted regions, provide decision makers with timely information regarding AnGR, and promote the role of AnGR in resource stewardship, animal health and production of high-quality safe and nutritious products. Under this result the following activities are envisaged:
Activity 1. Develop harmonized tools (protocols) for characterization and inventory of AnGR.
In order to assist countries and RECs in the production of inventories and characterization of their AnGR, and to ensure homogeneity of data and therefore easier compilation, harmonized standard tools (guidelines, protocols, templates for data collection instruments) will be produced, tested, and disseminated to countries. This will entail assessing all existing for their strength and weakness, particular attention will be given to their robustness and the friendly usage. A panel of experts will then discussed and agreed on an harmonized protocols that will be used for the inventory and characterization of AnGR. These protocols will be compatible with those set by the Commission of Animal Genetic Resources for food and agriculture.
Activity 2. Establishment of AnGR database.
AU-IBAR has developed a new version of its Animal Resources Information Systems (ARIS 2). In this activity the animal genetic module will be developed in ARIS and interoperability with the FAO Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) will be established as it is the case with animal health module. Because ARIS 2 is a country level database, this will improve reporting to DAD-IS. Other sub activities will include: Training on collection, summary and management of breed-level data on indigenous animal genetic resources.
Activity 3. Establish and strengthen national and regional systems for monitoring of trends of breeds and associated risks.
Under this activity, Training on advances in sustainable utilization and management of indigenous animal genetic resources information for research, teaching, development and policy making purposes will be provided to various stakeholders as an early warning tool with specific focus on the analysis and utilisation of data on breeds at risk.
This activity will also establish country-based risk monitoring that will assist in setting up early warning systems and response mechanisms, at national and regional levels. The system will first focus on transboundary ruminant livestock and could be adapted to other breeds.
Activity 4. Develop regional networks for information sharing.
Under the GPA, all countries have appointed national focal point on AnGR. For Africa these focal points meet on an ad hoc basis when they are invited to the meetings of all global focal points. This activity will establish an interactive e-learning system for information sharing and discussions among focal points of Africa and will support one biannual meeting of these focal points.
Activity 5. Establish or strengthen regional focal points for animal genetic resources.
As part of the implementation of the GPA, AU-IBAR and partners have established in June 2011 the regional focal point for sustainable management of animal genetic resources in West and Central Africa. This activity will support the meetings of the governance organs of the focal points (steering committee and general assembly) and the communication/advocacy activities of its secretariat. The focal point for East and Southern Africa will also be established and supported on the same.
Activity 6. Document and disseminate best practices and lessons learnt from animal genetic conservation and improvement initiatives.
Awareness raising and advocacy for policy change necessitates the use of evidence and experiences coming from the field. From activities undertaken under Result 1, best practices and/or major lessons learnt in management and conservation of AnGR will be identified, and documented. Good practice papers and policy notes will be produced and disseminated through the Project activities but also through AU-IBAR other advocacy forums, including the ALive platform.