1. Support Member States to establish and implement their National Action Plan for Animal Genetic Resources within their livestock policy
During the previous period, the mapping of status of countries with National Action Plans was conducted. Following this stocktaking exercise, activities implemented during the reporting period focused on strengthening the capacity to develop NAPs and mainstream AnGR in the NAIPs through the CAADP country processes. The approach also encompassed the development of criteria for the different stakeholders to be supported by the project; including the Member States and RECs.
2. Support Member States to establish or strengthen their national breeding and conservation strategies as part of their National Action Plan for Animal Genetic Resources
During the reporting period, the Djallonké sheep breeding program based on an open nucleus breeding scheme in Togo was assessed to obtain an in-depth understanding of the challenges of the selection programme. Calls for proposals have been drafted and will identify other selection programmes to be supported.
3. Support the development of regional (REC based) conservation policy and strategic frameworks for trans-boundary breeds and populations that are at risk
The inventory of policies and legislation at Member States level for Southern (SADC) and Eastern Africa (EAC and IGAD) will guide the approach to support REC-based initiatives on transboundary breeds.
4. Support the establishment of regional facility (ies) for ex situ conservation, in particular cryogenic storage and gene banks on AnGR
During the previous period, the assessment of a number of national gene banks across Africa was initiated and the initial recommendations were presented and discussed during the General Assemblies and the Steering Committee Meetings when Sub-Regional Focal Point across Africa for the management of animal genetic resources were established.
The assessments continued in North Africa (Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia). The RECs have been officially informed of the outcomes of the assessments and meetings of directors of animal production in various regions are planned to formally endorse the choice of the facilities to be upgraded to regional gene banks. This formal endorsement will signify ownership and enhance sustainability of these facilities post-project. The project visited AU-PANVAC in Debre Zeit in Ethiopia to determine the level of investment required to enable the institute to host the continental back-up gene bank for conservation of AnGR materials for Africa. The project has initiated the development and harmonization of legal instruments (Material Acquisition Agreement - MAA and Material Transfer Agreement - MTA).
5. Support the establishment and strengthening of national and regional livestock breeders’ associations
The project received various requests for support from breeders associations in some Member States. However, to ensure transparency and fairness in the award of support, the project developed selection criteria to enhance the targeting of different categories of associations for increased impact, effectiveness and efficiency and launched "Calls for proposals” which will lead to awards of grants to these associations.