The vast expanse of Africa's coastal regions harbours not only breath-taking beauty but also incredible potential for economic growth and environmental sustainability. The African Union Centre of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture; the Centre for Coastal Management, University of Cape Coast is thrilled to announce the upcoming 3rd Conference on Fisheries and Coastal Environment, set to take place under the compelling theme " Inclusive Blue Economy in Africa: Towards Sustainable Transformation and Resilience of the Marine Environment." The conference will be held from 6th – 8th November 2023, at the Mensvic Grand Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

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Attached below is an announcement from AU-IBAR's Acting Director, Dr. Nick Nwankpa, regarding Dr. Huyam Ahmed Mohammedelamin Salih's assumption of the position of Director. Dr. Salih assumes her position as Director of AU-IBAR on August 1, 2023.

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Source: AgriLinks

United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, USAID and African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) are working together to implement a multiyear project focused on creating standard methods and procedures in animal health (SMP-AH) with African countries. The essential goal is to stabilize the livelihoods of people who depend on selling their livestock by controlling livestock diseases that impinge on ability to trade the animals. The SMP-AH project utilizes the technical expertise from USDA and AU-IBAR to deliver training on a variety of topics, including disease surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory diagnostics, rapid response and large population disease control. Read More

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Source: James Wanzala, Standard Media

Africa’s lifeblood is largely dependent on livestock farming, providing livelihoods, food security, and income opportunities for its populace.

At the heart of recognising this immense potential was the African Union’s Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) that since 2017, embarked on a journey with the Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa (Live2Africa) project.

This transformative initiative was poised to revolutionise the livestock sector, fostering sustainable development and empowering communities across the continent. Live2Africa focused on addressing the key challenges faced by livestock farmers, improving productivity, enhancing market access, and promoting environmentally friendly practices.Read More

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By Dr. Simplice Nouala; Head of the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission

Global North perceptions of the livestock sector should not be imposed on poor countries that suffer from undernutrition.

As the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) proceeds in Egypt, few seem to be acknowledging that the elephant in the room is actually a cow. The livestock sector has faced global scrutiny for its contribution to climate change, but is reducing livestock production actually a fair, or even an honest, climate outcome? Read More

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To coordinate, support, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of the African Union One Health Strategy for Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Control across the Member States, the African Union Interagency Group on One Health has been established. The Interagency was established during a meeting on One Health that took place from 13-14 June 2022 at AU-IBAR in Nairobi, Kenya. The Interagency comprises several AU offices that have been mandated to deal with various aspects of human/ animal health interventions, namely: The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC); The African Union InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR); The Scientific, Technical and Research Commission (STRC); The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Blue Economy (DARBE); The Department of Health, Humanitarian Affairs, and Social Development (HHS); the InterAfrican Phytosanitary Council (AU-IAPSC); and the Citizens and Diaspora Organizations (CIDO).Read More

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The African Union- InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Welfare (AU-IBAR), Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW), and the World Federation for Animals (WFAN) have released a joint report titled "Towards adoptation of the UNEA Resolution: Animal Welfare - Environment-Sustainable Development Nexus. Read more


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The African Union has unveiled a new initiative that seeks to enhance the empowerment of women and girls on the continent. The newly announced “African Union’s Women and Youth Financial and Economic Inclusion Initiative”, seeks to unlock USD20 billion, to enable financing opportunities and parity in employment for at least 1 million African women and youth by 2030. While unveiling the initiative, the African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa emphasised that women and youth form the biggest part of Africa's population at nearly 75 percent, yet they continually face significant socio-economic barriers that constrain their ability to contribute meaningfully to their communities, countries, and continental development. See attachement.

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As we commemorate World Honey Bee Day, which fell on 21st August 2021, we can also take the opportunity to remember and appreciate the life of Mavis Rewana Nduchwa – not just as an ordinary beekeeper – but as a lady that served rural communities, enthusing other young people, women and rural farmers to care for the environment and make people feel part of something bigger as sustainers of our environments, and more connected, than the daily routine of life. Mavis passed away on 13th August, 2021, and was put to rest on 21st August 2021.

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