AGA IN ACTION
Regional workshop on sustainable management of animal genetic resources in Central and West Africa
March 22-25, 2010, Dakar, Senegal. FAO, in collaboration with the regional project on sustainable management of endemic ruminant livestock (PROGEBE), organized on 22-25 March 2010, in Dakar, Senegal, a regional workshop on sustainable management of animal genetic resources in West and Central Africa.
The workshop was preceded by an electronic forum hosted by DAD-Net West Africa, which took place between 15 February and 19 March, and involved 55 members who contributed by sharing their knowledge and experiences on various related themes.
The workshop was attended by 56 representatives of livestock administration and research, as well as livestock breeders organizations from 15 West and Central African countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic - CAR, Cte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Togo) and 8 regional and international research and development institutions (CIRAD, CIRDES, CORAF/WECARD, EISMV, ENMV Sidi Thabet Tunisia, FAO, ILRI, ITC) and PROGEBE.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Mr Yatma Mody Ndiaye, Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Livestock of Senegal, in the presence of Mr Amadou Ouattara, FAO Representative, Ms Tracey Hebert, UNOPS Regional Director and Dr Mamadou Coulibaly, Chairman of PROGEBE Regional Steering Committee.
The main outcome of the workshop was the decision to establish a single Regional Focal Point (RFP) for both West and Central Africa and the creation of an Interim Steering Committee (ISC) which will oversee the process of establishing the RFP. The ISC is composed of Mali and Ghana for West Africa and Gabon and CAR for Central Africa, with PROGEBE serving as Secretariat and FAO as observer. The ISC's roadmap was set up with the aim of having an operational RFP by May 2011. The regional technical institutions mentioned above were asked to provide technical support.