As part of the implementation of the reinforcing veterinary governance (VET-GOV) Program, AU-IBAR organized a seminar on policy engagement and governance of farmers Organizations harmonization from 9th to 11th November 2015, in AU-IBAR premises, Nairobi, Kenya. The broad objectives of the seminar was to engage the regional farmers organizations (RFOs) to better respond to the needs of their membership thereby enhancing their capacities to contribute meaningfully to policy development processes, improving their leadership and organizational management capacities and sustaining good governance.
The seminar was attended by representatives from APESS, COFENABVI – AO, EAFF, NEALCO, PROPAC, RBM, SACAU, UMAOC, UMAGRI and participants from AU-IBAR, OIE, and FAO.
The specific objectives of the seminar were:
- To equip Regional Farmers Organizations with tools for enhanced participation in policy processes
- To discuss and build consensus on the principles of good governance, leadership and organisational management
- To develop a support strategy and engagement mechanism for stakeholders organisation
AU-IBAR recently led multi-stakeholder efforts to formulate the livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS). These two key continental frameworks will be instrumental in guiding and rationalizing efforts and resources toward the development of animal resources on the continent.
Considering the paramount role of legislators in the process of policies formulation and approval, and in the enactment of legislation related to animal resources, AU-IBAR, through the reinforcing of veterinary governance (VET-GOV) programme seeks to foster partnership with the Pan African Parliamentarians (PAP), by providing them with information on animal resources policies and legislation development process and progress at national, regional and continental levels in order to solicit and secure their full support in this area.
In this regard a high level seminar was held in Nairobi at AU-IBAR premises from 5th -6th November 2015 for engagement and creation of awareness amongst the members of Pan African Parliamentarians on the Livestock development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA), the Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS), the Reinforcing veterinary governance in Africa (VET-GOV) Programme and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) Activities with the view to establish a plan of action and roadmap for the members of PAP at national, regional and continental levels on the LiDeSA, PFRS, VET-GOV and SPS.
The need for increased investment in the livestock sector has been recognised at the highest levels of governments in Africa through the Maputo/Sirte Declaration of 2003/2004. This has been further strengthened through the Malabo Declaration, which was tendered to realize African Union’s vision of “Accelerated Africa Agriculture Growth and Transformation” as stated in Agenda 2063.
Following these milestones, AU-IBAR developed the “Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA)”, which is believed to be instrumental to transform the livestock sector by harnessing its underutilized potential.
The reinforcing veterinary governance (VET-GOV) Programme attaches a significant importance to evidence-based advocacy by ascribing it as one of the key areas of focus. According to VET-GOV technical document, the purpose of the advocacy work is to facilitate the core tasks through catalyzing dialogues on the significance of progressive policy frameworks, and sustainable and adequate investment for the sector.
The VET-GOV Programme developed a Communication and Advocacy Strategy, for the delivery of a series of forums, which allows regional and national policy makers discuss about and forge consensus on livestock policy reforms and investment issues.
- Establishment of National Animal Resources Data Management and Sharing Platforms
- AU-IBAR to rollout extensive training programmes on livestock policy analysis, investment and advocacy
- VET-GOV Supports West African Nations to Improve Decision Support Systems for Livestock Investment
- Steering Committee Commends VET-GOV’s Implementation