The African Union - Inter-African Bureau For Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)

The African Union - Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is aspecialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture(DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC). AU-IBAR's mandate is tosupport and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries and wildlife asresources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the MemberStates of the African Union (AU).

PROMOTING ANIMAL WELFAREAGENDA IN AFRICA
A. El-Sawalhy; H. Boussini; B. Jaw, J. Wabacha (AU-IBAR); F. Ochieng (Brooke); M. Otieno (World Animal Protection); K.Wamalwa (IGAD); M. Kagai (ANAW); S. Onyango (Donkey Sanctuary)

ABSTRACT
This poster focuses on ongoing efforts being undertaken by Inter African Bureaufor Animal Resources of African Union (AU-IBAR) and its partners, the RegionalEconomic Communities (RECs) and animal welfare (AW) stakeholders across theAfrican continent in promoting compliance of African Member States (MSs) withanimal welfare standards and improving legislative and policy environment. Theissues, gaps and opportunities that impact on animal welfare in Africa have beenidentified. This has informed the development of the continental AW strategy andfurther they have been incorporated in Livestock Development Strategy for Africa(LiDeSA) 2015-2035. Member states have also been sensitized on the need toratify Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). Going forward, as part ofdelivering results, Africa Platform on Animal Welfare (APAW) will be established.AU-IBAR and partners will provide technical and institutional support to RECsand MSs in reviewing, participate in animal welfare standards setting process andensure inclusion of animal welfare matters in their national policies, strategies,legislation, and programs related to development and utilization of animalresources as well as working animals.

INTRODUCTION
The Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources of African union (AU-IBAR), sinceits establishment in 1951, has focused on animal resources development includinganimal health, animal production and access to markets. Although theinterventions have contributed to animal welfare, promotion and practice of AWprinciples as key determinants of animal resource development and trade have notyet been sufficiently addressed.

With the increasing interest in animal welfare in Africa because of its potentialimpact on trade, the changing animal production systems towards more intensiveand industrial systems and the attendant implications on animal welfare amongother factors, AU-IBAR has taken a leading role in the coordination anddevelopment of animal welfare agenda in the continent. This will contribute toenhancing production performance and access of African animal resources tointernational markets. At the same time, working animals support livelihoods ofnumerous communities in Africa, and good animal welfare will ensure their muchneeded contribution to agricultural and transport economies. It is thereforeimperative that national and regional policies and legal frameworks undergonecessary reforms and that required support be provided to increase awarenessand compliance by all actors along the value chains with animal welfare standardsas defined by OIE.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Below are snapshots of some key intervention activities undertaken by AU-IBAR
and its partners in the last one year.

  • Sensitization on UDAW ratification and awareness creation of MSs and RECs on AW Agenda
  • Knowledge management on AW in Africa
  • Support to IGAD to develop AW strategy
  • Mainstreaming AW in Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) 2015 - 2035
  • Initiation of the development of the continental AW strategy and Action Plan
  • Convened stakeholders meetings to discuss AW agenda in Africa and establish a task force
  • Identification of AW key issues and priority intervention areas

UPCOMING EVENTS ON ANIMAL WELFARE

  1. Continental AW strategy;
    • Validation of the continental strategy in March 2017
    • Endorsement by African Union Member States May 2017
    • Endorsement by AUC Ministerial Meeting and Head of States summit July 2017
  2. Development of AW implementation programme
  3. Support to RECs and MSs in developing regional and national AW strategy
  4. Review of national veterinary legislation to include AW
  5. Establishment of African Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW) March 2017
  6. Advocacy for AW in veterinary training curricula
  7. Sensitization of MSs to include AW issues in national policies and
    strategies.
  8. Africa offers to host the Fifth Global Conference


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African Union - Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)

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Telephone: +254 (20) 3674 000 / 201; Fax: +254 (20) 3674 341 / 342
Website: www.au.ibar.org; Email address: ibar.office@au-ibar.org


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