1st August 2019, Nairobi, Kenya - The critical role of Livestock Value Chains (LVCs) in achieving the agricultural transformation agenda is being demonstrated through the Live2Africa – an initiative of the African Union’s InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), with funding from the European Union.
Under this initiative, a Stocktaking workshop will be held in Cairo, Egypt from 5-8 August 2019.
Under the theme ‘Catalytic Actions to Boost Equitable Growth’, the workshop aims to define intervention areas along six regional selected priority livestock value chains in relation to past, on-going and planned initiatives to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated programme.
A cross-section of over 200 participants comprising representatives from the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the European Union and other donors, and several livestock sector actors will gather at the Safir Hotel, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt from 5th to 8th August 2019 to learn and exchange knowledge on LVCs. The Minister of Livestock Egypt, is expected to open the Stocktaking workshop. The Stocktaking meeting will be preceded by an Experts meeting on the 4th August, 2019. The Experts meeting will aim to review the Six Desk Reviews of the Regional Value Chain Strategies and the Consolidated Stocktaking Conceptual Framework that will guide the Stocktaking process.
The process to defining the various intervention areas in the 6 selected value chains will consider several key factors. Firstly, the process will aim to build a holistic understanding of the chain to enable optimal performance within each value chain. Secondly, specific steps to establishing priorities for action will include preparing strategic options and identifying problems that should be solved by each regional value chain. It is through the stocktaking exercise that a clearer picture indicating positive points, points requiring strengthening and improvements, including chances of growth and opportunities for each value chain will be discovered. At the end of the workshop the agreed recommendations to enhance the integration of results, programming and operations for a more cohesive approach to implementing the LVC interventions and actions will be communicated to all stakeholders.
In addition, another expected outcome of the Stocktaking Exercise will be to provide a structured opportunity to conduct a stakeholder and partnership analysis, and to identify opportunities for synergy, complementarity, enhanced strategic collaboration and stakeholder engagement.
Africa is increasingly becoming a key player in acquiring, generating and applying knowledge to development challenges. Yet more needs to be done to make technology and innovation play its part in the quest for transformation and diversification of the African economies. Sustained support to help member States put in place a favorable technology transfer and innovation development environment to address member states pressing needs is required. The drive is to promote the growth of knowledge based economies for the African continent.
As part of providing leadership and coordination in the sustainable development of the continent’s Animal Resources, AU-IBAR is implementing a 5-year project on "Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa - Live2Africa". The Live2Africa project gives effect to the Livestock development strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and is aligned with Agenda 2063 development goals. One of the key project’s focus areas is to enhance innovation development, generation and utilization of technologies, capacities and entrepreneurship skills of livestock value chain actors. Thus, the project seeks to establish Regional Technology and innovation incubation hubs in Africa (A-TiChubs). The impetus of the A-TiChubs creation is to provide creative spaces, infrastructural services, mentorship, intellectual property management, access to financial resources and networking opportunities for technology innovators, technology accelerators, agribusiness entrepreneurs, and technology entrepreneurs. The vision is that the A-Tichubs will be the centerpiece of revolutionizing technology, innovation, skills and promoting knowledge-based economies in the African livestock sector.
In light of this, a write-shop "Development of business model for the establishment of regional Technology and Innovation Incubation hubs in Africa (A-TiChubs)" was convened by AU-IBAR from 19th – 22nd November 2018 in Arusha, Tanzania. The consultative workshop was attended by a total of 35 participants who were drawn from selected Member States, Universities, Private sector, regional and International organizations amongst other key stakeholders. The meeting was officially opened by the Director of Veterinary Services, Professor Hezron Nonga.
The Pan-African Conference of the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V) was held on the 25th to 27th July 2018, at Safir Hotel, Cairo Egypt. It was held back to back with the Pan-Africa Conferences on veterinary statutory bodies and agribusiness networks of women and youth in the livestock sector.
The theme of the Conference was "unifying Africa to drive a more dynamic and inclusive animal resources sector for a prosperous future".
The Meeting of the Association of the Veterinary Education Establishments was attended by 77 representatives from 51 Veterinary Faculties, Colleges and Schools from 25 African Union Member States coming from all the 5 Regions of Africa. Representatives from Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Regional Office for Africa, COMESA and World Animal Protection also participated in the Conference.
The Conference was preceded by a meeting of a Task force comprising of 30 representatives from the VEEs who prepared various documents for consideration by the General Assembly.
The Pan-African conference on veterinary education establishments, veterinary statutory bodies and agribusiness networks of women and youth in the livestock sector was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, H.E. Prof Dr. Ezz El Din Abostate. The Opening Ceremony was also graced by the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy who read a statement on behalf of the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Josefa Sacko.
The Minister thereafter launched the following associations and Networks:
- Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V)
- Association of African Veterinary Statutory Bodies (2AVSB)
- African youth in livestock, fisheries and aquaculture incubation network (AYL-FAIN)
- African women in animal resources farming and agribusiness network (AWARFA-N)