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  • Inaugural Conference of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment,05 October 205.
    October 05, 2015 to October 09, 2015

    PRESS RELEASE Nº272/2015
    Ministerial session of the STC on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment Sector opens, with a focus on enhancing linkages towards agricultural development and environmental sustainability
    Addis Ababa, 9 October 2015 –The opening of the Ministerial segment of the Inaugural session of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment opened yesterday, 8th October 2015 at the AUC Headquarters.
    Speaking during the opening, H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture said it was cardinal to cluster the sectors with a view to promoting synergies and coherence as well as optimizing resource utilization towards achieving agricultural development and environmental sustainability.
    “If we collectively work to achieve food and nutrition security, wealth creation, and sustainable development, we will be contributing to the realization of the African Union Vision and Mission for an integrated, peaceful, and prosperous Africa, centered on the wellbeing of African citizens.”Commissioner Tumusiime said.“We will be contributing to the realization of Africa Agenda 2063 on inclusive growth, sustainable development and shared prosperity.”
    Officially opening the STC, representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Ethiopia, Mr. DejeneHabesha, urged the ministers, experts and stakeholders to ensure that there were clear complementarities and linkages among the sectors represented to effectively implement the decisions of AU heads of State and Government.
    The Report of the outcomes of the STC will be submitted for consideration at the 26th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in January 2016.
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  • Opening Statement by H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture African Union Commission on the occasion of the meeting of Experts preparing for the Ministerial Session of the Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Agricul
    October 05, 2015 to October 09, 2015

    CONCEPT NOTE
    of the
    Inaugural Conference of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment
    Theme:
    Advancing concerted action for improved livelihoods in Africa
    Venue: Addis Ababa; Ethiopia
    Date: October 5 – 9, 2015

    1. BACKGROUND
    The African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government adopted the configuration of the Specialised Technical Committees (STCs) and the modalities of their operationalization (Assembly/AU/Dec.227 (XII) and Decision Assembly/ AU/Dec.365 (XVII) in January 2009 and July 2011, respectively as Organs of the Union in accordance with Article 5 (1) (g) of the Constitutive Act. One of the Specialized Technical Committees recommended for establishment is the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment. The Specialized Technical Committees are composed of Ministers or senior officials responsible for sectors falling within their respective areas of competence. They are responsible for preparing projects and programmes of the Union and submitting them to the Executive Council. They also have the duty to ensure the supervision, follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of decisions taken by the organs of the Union and the coordination and harmonization of projects and programmes of the Union. The STC is also expected to carry out any other functions assigned to it for the purpose of ensuring the implementation of the provisions of relevant AU Acts.
    The STCs are expected to meet at least every two years in order to discharge the responsibilities vested upon them by the AU Assembly. Accordingly the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission in partnership with The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) is organizing the Inaugural Conference of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment scheduled to be held from 5th – 9th October 2015 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    This Concept Note is therefore designed to provide the background, the issues to be discussed, the objectives, expected outcomes as well as structure of the Inaugural Conference of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment.
    2. RATIONALE
    The year 2015 marks a significant milestone in guiding both global and African Sustainable Development for the years to come. The United Nations General assembly is expected to endorse the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015. The Twenty First session of United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP21), scheduled for December 2015, is expected to reach a legally binding agreement on Climate Change. The Malabo Declaration on Africa Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation (3AGT), with its clearly articulated commitments on eradicating hunger, halving poverty, boosting intra-African trade and enhancing the resilience of production systems and livelihoods to climate change and other shocks, is calling action for impact and sustaining the CAADP Momentum.
    Furthermore, the Malabo Declaration also requested AUC/DREA and NPCA to prepare a specific CAADP Implementation Strategy and Roadmap (IS&R). The IS&R was developed and endorsed by the Executive Council with two elaborated strategic goals: (i) transformed agriculture and sustained and inclusive growth, and (ii) strengthened systemic capacity to implement and deliver results. A series of platforms were organized for consultations and dialogues among AUC/DREA, NPCA, Regional Economic Communities(RECs), AU Member States and development and technical partners which resulted in shaping and producing the Programme of Work (PoW) which identified the following key Action Areas: (1) build and strengthen capacity for evidence-based planning, implementation, review and dialogue; (2) review and implement policy and institutional reforms that strengthen leadership, management and technical capacity in agriculture; (3) strengthen local ownership and leadership to champion agriculture and the CAADP agenda, and align coordination and implementation partnerships; (4) enhance skills and knowledge and agricultural education; (5) strengthen data and statistics for evidence based planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and review processes; (6) establish and institutionalize mutual accountability mechanisms with regular peer reviews and strong dialogue platforms; and (7) identify and enhance innovative financing models for increased public and private sector finance for agriculture investments along the value chain.
    With regard to environment and climate change, the Malabo Declaration further requested the Commission in collaboration with the STCs to undertake study on identification of five African Regional Technology Centres which would 1) link and network with National Designated Climate Technology Entities (NDEs) as well as with the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN); 2) elaborate on the implementation of the CAHOSCC Youth Programme on Climate Change (CYPCC) to enhance youth engagement in climate change actions; 3) Develop a CAHOSCC Women and Gender Programme on Climate Change (CWGPCC) to engage women and gender in climate change related actions; 4) prepare an African Climate Resilient Agricultural Development Programme (ACRADP) in the context of Africa‟s Agricultural growth transformation; 5) put in place a Sustainable Forest Management Programme in Africa (SFMPA) in collaboration with African Ministers responsible for Forestry and Energy.
    The African Union Commission in its efforts to conserve Africa’s wild flora and fauna as well as fight against wildlife crime (illegal exploitation and illegal trade) adopted Decision EX.CL/Dec.832 (XXV) on African Wild Flora and Fauna Conservation and Illegal Trade in Wildlife in June 2014. Among other key issues, the Decision calls the development of an African Common Strategy on Combatting Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora. The Strategy has since been developed and was endorsed at the June 2015 Summit – with domestication and implementation as the next steps.
    In the Water and Sanitation Sector, African Heads of States and Government have adopted the Sharm El Sheikh Declarations [Assembly/AU/ Decl.1 (XI)] in June 2008 to fast track implementation of the African Water Sector Goals, and most importantly to achieve targets set in the MGDs and the African Water Vision 2025 in line with many other declarations in the sector such as the 2004 Sirte Declaration on integrated development of Agriculture and Water in Africa [Ex/Assembly/AU/Decl. 1(II)].
    In Addition, various strategic documents which are aligned to continental and regional policies and frameworks have been developed which include the Strategic Plan for Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (2015 – 2025), The Implementation Strategy and Road Map for the Continental Agribusiness Strategy, Strategy on Climate Change, the Africa Regional Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction and its Plan of Action, the Kigali Action Plan on Water and Sanitation, Implementation of the African Common Strategy on Combatting Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Flora and Fauna in Africa, the implementation of the Integrated African Strategy of Meteorology (Weather and Climate Services), the Regional Strategy on the implementation of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Imitative and the Rules of Procedure of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment, to mention a few. These strategic documents fall within the trust of various sector ministries within the STC on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment. Thus, The STC on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment is the most appropriate STC to consider all the above issues and synergize mechanism for achieving the desired visions and goals.
    Cognizant of the role of the STC in ensuring supervision, follow-up and the evaluation of the implementation of decisions taken by the organs of the Union and the coordination and harmonization of projects and programmes of the union, and also of need for critical review and then endorsement of these strategic documents by AU Policy organs, as well as strengthening and aligning tools and platforms and capacity at all levels, the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission and NEPAD Coordinating and Planning Agency are co-organizing this Inaugural Conference of the STC on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment.
    3. OBJECTIVES
    The overall objectives of the Inaugural Conference of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment is to review relevant strategic goals, facilitate mutual accountability and Identify synergies, linkages and complementarities in on-going agriculture, rural development, water and environment related initiatives, and their implications on the achievement of the overarching goals of Africa Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation (3AGT) agenda for attaining food and nutrition security, reduce poverty, boost intra-African trade, and enhance resilience of production systems and livelihoods to Climate Change and related shocks. More specifically, the Inaugural Conference of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment aims to attain the following objectives:
    a. To review and adopt the Rules of Procedure of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment;
    b. To facilitate broad-based consultation and dialogue among all relevant stakeholders on mutual accountability, mutual learning and biennial reporting on previous commitments;
    c. Consideration of various strategic documents related to Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment;
    d. To identify synergies, linkages and complementarities in on-going agriculture, rural development, water and environment initiatives and agree on areas of follow up actions at various levels; and
    e. To examine and internalize the strategic and operational modalities for coordination mechanisms between the relevant sector ministries at Member State level, which are also linked to those at REC level.
    The STC Conference will therefore provide a peer environment for exchange and learning to support the achievement of individual and collective responsibilities for relevant sector ministries targets.
    4. EXPECTED OUTCOMES
    The envisaged outcomes of the Inaugural Conference of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment are:
    a. The Rules of Procedure of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment adopted;
    b. Modalities and mechanisms for mutual accountability, mutual learning and biennial reporting agreed;
    c. Various relevant strategic documents reviewed and pertinent decisions adopted;
    d. Agreements on synergies, linkages and complementarities in on-going agriculture, rural development water and environment initiatives identified and areas of follow up actions at various levels obtained.
    5. LOCATION, MEETING DATE AND ARRANGEMENTS
    The Inaugural Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment is scheduled to take place from 5th to 9th October 2015 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    6. FORMAT AND STRUCTURE OF THE CONFERENCE
    The Inaugural Conference of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment will have Ministerial segment that will be held on 8th and 9th October 2015, which will be preceded by a two day meeting of Senior Officials/Experts that will take place on 5th and 6th October 2015 to examine the various documents and prepare their report to the Ministers.
    Various side events and stakeholders’ forums will be organized on the margins of the Conference on October 7, 2015 to facilitate consultations and contribute to an interactive Ministerial session that will be held on 8th and 9th October 2015. The 7th of October 2015 will also be used to prepare and adopt the reports of the Senior Officials/Experts to be submitted for consideration by the Ministers.
    6.1. Senior Officials/Experts Meeting
    There will be plenary and parallel sessions for Experts/Senior Officials to facilitate deliberations and review of documents, these include:
    - Opening Plenary Session
    - Parallel Session A: The Agriculture and Rural Development Experts Session to review and consider relevant reports;
    - Parallel Session B: The Environment and Natural Resource Experts Session to review and consider relevant documents and reports;
    - Parallel Session C: The Experts on Water Session to review and consider relevant reports;
    - Parallel Session D: The Livestock and Fisheries Experts Session to review and consider relevant reports;
    - Plenary Session of Experts/Senior Officials: to review and consider reports and issues on the reports of the parallel sessions and the theme of the Conference.
    Both the plenary and parallel sessions of experts/senior officials will be conducted on 5th and 6th October 2015.
    6.2. The Ministerial Session
    The two days Ministerial session will be conducted in a format that on the one hand facilitates inclusive and interactive conversations and dialogue among the ministers as well as between the Ministers and key strategic stakeholders, and on the other hand allows the Ministers to consider strategic reports and items that warrant their considerations in a closed session. Hence, the 1st day of the conference will be devoted to an open interactive session, while the 2nd and final day will be devoted to a closed session.
    The Ministerial session is scheduled for the 8th and 9th of October 2015.
    7. CONFERENCE DOCUMENTS
    1. Draft Rules of Procedure of the Specialized Technical Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment;
    2. Communiqué of the Permanent Secretaries/Head of Ministries Leadership Retreat on Operationalizing the Malabo Declaration;
    3. On-going initiatives on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment:
     Malabo Declaration on Africa Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation;
     Implementation Strategy and Road Map to Achieve the 2015 Vision on CAADP;
     The Programme of Work for Operationalizing the Malabo Declaration on African Agriculture;
     Draft Implementation Strategy and Road Map for Agribusiness Strategy;
     CAADP Guide for National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAIPs) appraisal and biennial reporting (mutual accountability, mutual learning)
     The Strategy for mobilising continental agribusiness and private sector apex body
     Draft Strategic Plan for Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (2015-2025);
     Water and Sanitation Initiatives: (i) The Kigali Action Plan; (ii) The Operation 2M4M for universal access to water supply and sanitation; (iii) The Pan-ProSan (Panafrican Programme for Productive Sanitation); (iv) The African Clean Village Programme;
     Initiatives on satellite earth observation for meteorological, environmental and climate monitoring: The Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) programme;
     Draft Policy Framework for Integrating Tsetse and Trypanosomosis (T&T) Eradication Programmes in Sustainable Rural Development Strategies;
     Guide for the implementation of the policy framework and reform strategy for fisheries and aquaculture in Africa;
     The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A)
     Draft Continental Strategic and Implementation Plans for Plant Health (2014-2023)
     The Livestock Development Strategy for Africa

  • he African Union aspires for "an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth," Commissioner Tumusiime
    October 01, 2015

    The African Union aspires for "an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth," Commissioner Tumusiime
    Lusaka, 1 October, 2015 – AUC’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture (REA), H.E Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, has reiterated that impressive economic growth has been achieved on the continent.
    Delivering a key note address at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2015) themed, "Walking the Talk of Youth and Women - Bringing Inclusive Agricultural Markets to Life," she, however, noted that the growth has not been inclusive as exemplified by the poverty levels in vast portions of the population.
    “That is why one of the key areas of emphasis in the African Union Agenda 2063 is inclusive growth towards sustainable development and shared prosperity.” Commissioner Tumusiime said. ‘’In the same vein, the AU Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Africa Agriculture Growth and Transformation highlights inclusiveness in the pursuit of the goal of ending hunger and malnutrition by 2025.’’
    She commended AGRA for already investing in programs and projects on seed, fertilizer, extension, markets and policy to increase inclusiveness.
    Mrs. Tumusiime appealed to partners and stakeholders to contribute to countries’ efforts aimed at meeting the commitments made by the AU Heads of State and Government in the Malabo Declaration ranging from ending hunger, halving poverty, reducing stunting in children, increasing resilience, reducing post-harvest losses to tripling intra-African trade.
    At the same time, she called for doubling of efforts in supporting AU Member States to measure results and impact guided by the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Results Framework.
    AGRF 2015, has been aligned to the African Union designated “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development.”
    During the forum, AGRA will release its annual Africa Agricultural Status Report, which provides a framework for how agriculture can become a viable and lucrative option for Africa’s young entrepreneurs.
    The AGRF 2015 aims to define clear strategies to enable youth and women to engage in agriculture as a business enterprise and generate a triple dividend of improved food security, increased incomes and job creation.
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  • AUC signs MOU with partners on the implementation of the African Water Vision 2025
    September 23, 2015

    Press Release No.
    AUC signs MOU with partners on the implementation of the African Water Vision 2025
    Addis Ababa, 21 September 2015 – Within the framework of partnership meeting for implementing the African Water Vision 2025, the African Union Commission (AUC), through its Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with CLTS-Foundation, Water Aid, Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA), Sustainable Sanitation Design (Susan Design), and Norges Vel. It was took place on 21 September 2015 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
    The AUC and the partner organizations signed the MoU on different areas of collaboration to facilitate the realization of the Africa Water Vision 2025 through revitalizing efforts to create an enabling environment for international cooperation to achieve the 2025 vision.
    H.E Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, AUC stated that strategic ways of sanitation management is on top of the African leadership agenda.
    While emphasizing the sound implementation of the MoU signing, Mr. Bai-Mass Tall representing the President of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW), also said that water and sanitation issue should be priority equally to other matters around the continent.
    The meeting discussed issues related to the AU Water and Sanitation Initiatives that were presented by the Commission and which include: (i)- the Kigali Action Plan (KAP) that is in progress and already championed by the Government of Rwanda; (ii)- the Operation 2M4M as scaling up of the KAP to all AU member States, that will allow massive interventions for access to water supply facilities to 110 million Africans, and sanitation facilities to 220 million Africans; (iii)- the African Clean Village Programme for large sanitation communities led total sanitation to 250 million Africans mostly in rural areas in Africa; and (iv)- the Pan African Productive Sanitation Programme that aims at developing mechanism for private sector involvement for large scale interventions for reusing waste in agriculture and energy in order to contribute to better solve problem faced by: energy, water resource management, infrastructure, industry, climate, and air pollution sectors.
    The meeting was attended by AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture; AMCOW President; development partners; diplomatic corps; and AUC staffs.
    While the importance of this kind of partnership has been stressed by the Representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to successfully approach the holistic problems of water and sanitation in Africa, call was made to development partners to give equal attention and strengthen support to development issues including water supply and sanitation on the continent.
    For H.E Mrs. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, the pursuit of the Africa Water Vision 2025 is not an option especially given the need to unleash Africa’s development.
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  • Joint 33rd General Conference of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC), and 14th PATTEC Coordinators meeting, N’Djamena, Chad, 14th –18th September 2015
    September 14, 2015 to September 18, 2015

    CONCEPT NOTE
    Joint 33rd General Conference of the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC), and 14th PATTEC Coordinators meeting, N’Djamena, Chad, 14th –18th September 2015
    Theme
    Bringing all Stakeholders together after 15 years of the implementation PATTEC Initiative
    1.0 BACKGROUND
    The International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC) is a statutory Council of the African Union Commission with the Secretariat at African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal resources (AU-IBAR) in Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in the early 60s as a vehicle to promote international cooperation in the fight against trypanosomiasis which is one of Africa’s greatest constraints to socio-economic development, severely affecting human and livestock health, limiting land use, causing poverty and perpetuating underdevelopment on the continent.
    The Membership of the Council includes Africa Union Member States, Africa Union - Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (AU-PATTEC), International organizations, including Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) among others.
    During the 9th Conference of Ministers responsible for Livestock in Africa that was held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 14th to 19th April, 2013, Ministers recommended that Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) develop national and regional Tsetse and Trypanosomosis(T&T) Strategies and Action Plans that are aligned to the continental PATTEC Strategic and Action Plans, increase their public investment, and participate in a resource mobilization conference on T&T interventions scheduled to be held in 2015 to commemorate PATTEC at fifteen years and review progress made. The 33rd ISCTRC General Conference in 2015 will be held in Chad. Further, it is worth recalling that during the 32nd ISCTRC General Conference that was held in Khartoum, Sudan, 8-12 September 2013, a resolution was made that the Coordinators’ meeting should be part of the ISCTRC conference programme during the year when the ISCTRC conference is held.
    This year’s Coordinators and Focal Points’ meeting is unique in that it coincides not only with the 15th Anniversary of the birth of the PATTEC Initiative, but also the 33rd ISCTRC General Conference.
    Given that the 14th PATTEC Coordinators and Focal Points’ meeting coincides with the 15th Anniversary of PATTEC and the 33rd ISCTRC General Conference, the objectives of the meeting are designed to address the ministerial recommendation cited above as well as to facilitate information sharing and exchange on matters regarding Tsetse and Trypanosomosis research and control and bringing all stakeholders together after 15 years of the Implementation of the PATTEC Initiative.
    The General Conference is a five-day event that is normally attended by 300 participants from the 36 affected African countries and international organizations with over 100 scientific papers being presented. The meeting disseminates scientific information on tsetse, human and animal trypanosomiasis problem, reviews control strategies and recommends appropriate approaches in research and control.
    The previous (32nd) ISCTRC General Conference was held in Khartoum, Sudan in 2013 and the 33rd ISCTRC Conference will be held in N’Djamena, Chad on 14th to 18th September 2015.
    2.0 OBJECTIVE OF THE MEETING
    To promote information sharing on tsetse, human and animal trypanosomiasis problem, review the PATTEC Initiative’s implementation, control strategies and recommend appropriate approaches in research and control.
    3.0 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
    • To hold the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control, Executive Committee meeting on 12th September 2015;
    • To hold the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control General Conference; the 14th PATTEC National Coordinators/Focal Points’ Meeting and commemorate PATTEC at fifteen years with the aim to:
    o To receive from PATTEC, country reports and international organizations, institutions and donors;
    o To receive scientific presentations on Tsetse and Trypanosomosis research and control
    o discuss lessons learned during the 15 years;
    o propose a practical roadmap for the management of the PATTEC initiative for the next decade (including review of the level of public investment in T&T programmes, identifying sustainable funding mechanisms for the management of T&T programmes and review of the challenges faced in the implementation of the PATTEC Initiative over the past 15 years,
    o conduct relevant side meetings and;
    o propose recommendations for Tsetse and Trypanosomosis research and control activities for the following two years
    4.0 PROGRAMMES FOR THE MEETING
    • Registration
    • Opening Ceremony
    • Presentations and discussions on PATTEC and countries’ reports during the 14th PATTEC Coordinators and Focal Points’ Meeting and the following subthemes; Animal African Trypanosomiasis; Glossina Biology; Socio-economic; Land use and environment
    • Commemoration of PATTEC at fifteen years to be celebrate on Friday afternoon (18.5.2015);
    Programme to be made available at a later date (Key note speeches on the following topics
    o Key achievements of the AU-PATTEC and lessons learned over the 15th years
    o Advances and achievements in HAT, AAT and Vector control following the decision on the PATTEC Initiative
    o Succinct testimonies from 1-2 affected countries
    • Adoption of recommendations by the Council to guide research and control of Tsetse and Trypanosomosis for the next two years
    • Closing ceremony
    5.0 OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS
    • Tsetse and Trypanosomosis information shared and disseminated
    • PATTEC initiative reviewed and road map for the next decade agreed;
    • Achievements of the PATTEC over the past 15 years discussed and documented
    • Lessons learned over the past 15 years documented
    • Networking amongst the Tsetse and Trypanosomosis research and control workers enhanced
    • Recommendations for Tsetse and Trypanosomosis research and control activities for the next two years adopted
    • Conference proceedings
    • Capacity for Tsetse and Trypanosomosis research and control enhanced
    • The Visibility and the role of the Government of Chad in the fight against tsetse and trypanosomisis in Africa enhanced
    • Visibility of African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources and the International Scientific Council for Trypanosomiasis Research and Control enhanced
    • The Visibility and role of the PATTEC Coordination Office and its mandates in the implementation of the PATTEC Initiative enhanced
    6.0 PARTICIPANTS EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE MEETING
    300 participants are expected to attend the meeting comprising of:
    1. Thirty eight (38) Member States where Tsetse and Trypanosomosis remains a challenge
    2. Ministries of Animal Health, Health, etc. officials/staff in charge of animal and human health in Chad;
    3. African Union Commission Staff
    • Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture
    • Director of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture
    • Director African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (IBAR)
    • Coordinator African Union Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC)
    • Staff from AU-IBAR, AU-PATTEC, AU-PANVAC ;
    4. Scientists/Researchers
    5. Institutions of Higher learning
    6. Private sectors
    7. PATTEC National Coordinators/Focal points and steering committee’s members;
    8. 4. ISCTRC Executive committee Members

  • Africa Day at the XIV World Forestry Congress: “Addressing Climate change through sustainable forest management”, International Convention Center, Durban South Africa
    September 08, 2015

    Africa Day at the XIV World Forestry Congress: “Addressing Climate change through sustainable forest management”, International Convention Center, Durban South Africa
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    Decision Makers in Africa Address Climate Change through Sustainable Forest Management
    September 8, 2015 Continental leaders, senior government officials and international development agencies as well as private sector, farmer organisations and civil society gathered in Durban, South Africa on September 7th to 11th September 2015, putting a spotlight on forests and sustainable forestry management as an integral part of sustainable natural resource use and management. The need for governments, civil society and the private sector to foster supportive policies and boost investments in forests for sustainable development is the focus of the XIV World Forestry Congress.
    With over 3,500 delegates in attendance drawn from across the world as well as technical, education and research institutions under the theme: Investing in a Sustainable Future, participants are discussing ways to unleash the full potential of forests to lift rural populations out of poverty by expanding economic opportunities, accessible to rural populations as well as acting as buffers against climate change and inspire new technologies and renewable products.
    This XIV World Forestry Congress event is considered as the most important and inclusive gathering of the global forest community, and marks the first time the Congress is held in Africa since its inception in 1926.
    The African Union Commission and partners including the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency have organised an “Africa Day” for Tuesday 8th September. The Africa Day is specially designed to stimulate and facilitate sharing and learning around Africa’s experiences and lessons in the light of its aspirations, development goals and targets. Specifically, the Africa Day programme will provide an exclusive platform for governments, policy-makers, experts, private sector and practitioners to come together to share and debate ideas and exchange information in a bid to strengthen the common resolve and create partnerships for smart investments in African forests, 624 million hectares, which is more than 20 percent of the continent’s land area. Rich in biodiversity, the continent’s tropical forests are estimated to harbour 12,000 plant species, including 7500 or more that are endemic.
    Additional to the day-long “Africa Day session”, African governments and partners have organised a series of side events and poster exhibitions under the theme: “Addressing climate change through sustainable forest management”.
    Although climate change projections for Africa are highly variable, the increase in temperature on the continent is likely to be higher than the average increase globally. There is a significant risk that the adaptive capacity of many African forest ecosystems will be compromised.
    “For this event, a purpose-built African Pavilion has been mounted which will provide space for participants to showcase projects and developments in African forestry, especially in the context of fostering people-centred development priorities and objectives as articulated in Africa’s Agenda 2063.
    The Congress and Congress theme is opportune in enabling Africa to take stock of its experiences, knowledge base and initiatives fostering sustainable forestry management as an integral sustainable development imperative. Delegates can look forward to learning about African experiences, successes and challenges alike, regarding the forestry ecosystem in the continent.“ stated Martin Bwalya, Head, Program Development, Program Implementation and Coordination Directorate at NEPAD Agency.
    Hosting the congress on the continent is quite significant as Africa mirrors many of the most important global challenges and opportunities for forest. It also presents an opportunity to reflect deeply on the future of Africa’s forest and help to galvanize governments’ response to the call in the Malabo Declaration for a sustainable forest management program framework.
    Additionally, this is an occasion to consolidate responses and to improve coherence between forest uses and sustainability and this comes as a forerunner to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals summit in New York this September, COP 21 of Paris in December when, world leaders meet to agree on a comprehensive climate change agreement.
    According to the FAO “The African region needs to move forward on a path of sustainable growth that ensures agriculture, food security and nutrition, poverty eradication, provision of energy (wood) and livelihoods, as well as build resilience to climate change. Sustainable management of forest has an important contributory role here. Forests help to decrease vulnerability to climate change, which could have serious negative implications on communities and economies. To enhance forestry’s role in this regard, more effective incentives, decent employment for youth and woman, good governance and positive returns on investment are needed.”
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    For more information contact:
    Name: Teko Nhlapo – TerrAfrica Communication & Advocacy Officer
    Number: +2783 596 8752
    Email:tekoh@nepad.org
    Name: El Mejri Ep Scheikh Habiba – African Union
    Number: +251 91 120 1652
    Email:HabibaM@africa-union.org
    Name: Soalandy Rakotondramanga - FAO
    Number: +2761 265 6762
    Email: Soalandy.Rakotondramanga@fao.org

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The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was endorsed at the African Union Heads of State Summit as a New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) program in July 2003. The overall goal of CAADP is to “Help African countries reach a higher path of economic growth through agriculture- led development, which eliminates hunger, reduces poverty and food insecurity, and enables expansion of exports.” CAADP is a growth-oriented agricultural development agenda, aimed at increasing agriculture growth rates to a minimum of six percent per year to create the wealth needed for rural communities and households in Africa to prosper.
Climate Change and Desertification
The overall Objective of the African Union Commission on its program on Climate Change and Desertification is to provide policy and political guidance, and to enhance coordination and harmonization of Africa’s activities in the field of climate change and desertification within the overall framework of the Climate for Development in Africa (CLIMDEV) which is a joint initiative of African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC). It will ensure an effective engagement of Africa’s political leadership at all levels using the AU structures in order to advance climate change and desertification issues. Furthermore, it would enhance partnership with the international development community in aligning and harmonizing the technical and financial support along the climate change agenda.
Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction
Recognizing the fact that natural and human induced disasters put development at large at risk the African Union established an overarching Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2004. The Strategy aims to contribute to the attainment of sustainable development and poverty reduction by facilitating the integration of disaster risk reduction into development.
Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel
The Great Green Wall or Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative ( L’ initiative de la Grande Muraille Verte pour le Sahara et le Sahel) is a planned project to plant a wall of trees across Africa at the southern edge of the Sahara desert as a means to prevent desertification. Initiated in 2005 by H.E. President Olusugon Obasanjo of Nigeria, and Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, It was adopted and developed by the African Union to address the detrimental social, economic and environmental impacts of land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and the Sahara.
Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa ( MESA )
The purpose of the MESA programme is to increase the capacity in information management, decision-making and planning of African continental, regional and national institutions mandated for environment, climate, and food security. This will be achieved by enhancing access to and exploitation of relevant Earth Observation applications in Africa. This platform is established to provide relevant information to all stakeholders about this programme
The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Program (MEAs)
The EC-ACP Capacity Building Project on Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs Project) was established at AUC (Africa Hub) in 2009. The MEAs Project has as overall objective to strengthen and enhance the endogenous capacity of African ACP countries to effectively implement MEAs (both regional and continental) and related commitments, leading to sound management of the environment and natural resources and therefore to sustainable development and poverty eradication in Africa.
Biodiversity
The aim of this program is to integrate biodiversity issues in African Union Commission policies, strategies and programs. In this regard AUC support members’ state in the implementation of: the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD); the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS); and illicit wildlife trafficking.
Water and Sanitation
The AU Water and Sanitation Programme aims at implementing the July 2008 Assembly Declaration on the Sharm El Sheikh Commitments for Accelerating the Achievement of Water and Sanitation Goals in Africa, and the African Water Vision 2025.
Inter-African Phytosanitary Council - IAPSC
Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre
African livestock is affected by several diseases such as Trypanomosis, Peste-des-Petits-Ruminants (PPR), Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP), African swine fever (ASF), Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), Newcastle disease (ND), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Rift Valley Fever, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza et etc… These diseases constitute serious constraint for livestock production and international trade of animals. Economic damage caused by animal disease in Africa was estimated around 4 billion $ USD per year. These diseases have an important impact on food security and the capacity of Africa to achieve self-sufficiency in food proteins. Those diseases, such Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Rift Valley Fever are zoonotic diseases with consequence on public health. Better control and eradication strategies of animal disease, are achieved through the use of good diagnostic tools and vaccines.
The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources - IBAR
The African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) provides leadership in the development of animal resources for Africa. By supporting and empowering the African Union (AU) Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), AU-IBAR's vision is that of an Africa free from hunger and poverty in which animal resources make a significant contribution within the global arena.
Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign - PATTEC
The Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign, PATTEC, was established following the adoption of Decision AHG/Dec. 156 (XXXVI) by the African Heads of States and Government during the OAU Summit held in Lome, Togo in July 2000, urging Member States to embark on a Pan African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign, (PATTEC).
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa - PACA
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) is a collaboration which aims to protect crops, livestock, and people from the effects of aflatoxins. By combating these toxins, PACA will contribute to improving food security, health, and trade across the African continent.
Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture
The Department’s mandate is to boost AU Member States’ rural economy development and agricultural productivity by supporting the adoption of measures, strategies, policies and programmes on agriculture. It works closely with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other partners.