Current Programmes and Projects


Training of Regional and National Animal Resources Information System (ARIS3) Focal Points

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Concept Note


The importance of regular, timely and accurate animal resources information has continued to evolve over the years. The use of accurate animal resources data and information has gradually evolved to become an essential tool for planning, policy formulation and legislation, promotion of trade, and for advocacy to attract and promote investment and resource allocation to the livestock sub-sector for development purposes. Accurate and reliable data are also essential for research and training purposes.

For this to be achieved, an effective and reliable information system is essential. However, despite its importance many African countries do not have a reliable information system in place, and where present, it does not always meet the needs of users adequately. It is for this reason that African Union - Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), within the scope of its mandate of promoting the collection and collation of Animal resources data and information across the African continent developed the first version of the Animal Resources Information System (ARIS-1) in 2002 and subsequently a second version of the system in 2013. ARIS 2 was rolled out to 48 MSs who use it for data collection and reporting at sub-national, national, regional and continental levels.

However in view of the challenges faced by some MSs in operationalization of the ARIS-2 and also because of expressed needs of users AU-IBAR has overhauled, modified and a third version of the system has been developed in order to further improve the quality, quantity and availability of animal resources information in Africa. Specifically the new version of the system has added features that will assist member states of the African Union to improve their information and knowledge management capacity to not only swiftly respond to disease emergencies, but to also properly plan interventions in animal health, animal production, and trade and marketing. ARIS-3 is simpler, more user friendly, more interactive, customisable, faster and has greater storage capacity. It has a responsive design and thus can be used on mobile, tablet or regular computers; and will as well allow public sharing of information. The system is interoperable with existing global and regional Information systems and will also assist MS to fulfil their international, continental and regional reporting obligations. Finally ARIS-3 has an in built help and Learning Management system (LMS) that allow individual learning and certification.

The Context

ARIS-3 has an enhanced capacity for flexibility and customization to meet individual country requirements and users’ needs and can be used at different administrative levels within a country. Regional and National system administrators therefore need to be trained to be able to configure and administer the system, and to train regular users or data submitters at the sub-national or lower administrative levels. National administrators will determine the possible penetration level down the administrative ladder in their countries and also select the applicable modules for their use. The trained focal points will be responsible for cascading knowledge down to users at sub-national levels.


The overall objective of the workshop is to improve Animal Resources information management capacity of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the member states of the African Union, specifically using the ARIS-3.

Specific Objectives

  • To train Regional and National focal points on aspects of the ARIS-3 system administration, management at regional, National and sub-national levels;
  • To train users on how to use ARIS-3 to generate useful Animal Resources information to assist decision making;
  • To enhance data and information sharing capability among different stakeholders.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of this training programme, participants will be able to:
• Access ARIS-3 and collect Animal resources data from their countries;
• Train data collection agents at National and sub-national level;
• Generate reports using ARIS-3 to assist in decision making;
• Share data/information with other stakeholders

Groups, Dates and Venues

Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Morocco, Guinea Bissau, Libya, Djibouti, Mauritius, South Sudan, Eritrea, Tanzania. RECs
Nairobi, Kenya

Requirements from Participants

Participants are expected to bring along the following:

  • Individual laptop computers
  • List of Administrative Divisions in their country (1st, 2nd and 3rd tier)
  • Other Report forms/formats in use in the country

Contact and Further Information

For any further information kindly contact Dr I. Gashash Ahmed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Mr Philippe Ouedraogo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.);

For all matters related to flight, airport pick-up and hotel accommodation, please contact Ms Jemima Makanda (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) ; telephone +254-203674000; +254-203674221; fax +254-203674341