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Closure and dissemination workshop for the project on Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the fisheries sector in Africa

On the 4th of September 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries joined other Agriculture Ministries from across Africa in Cairo, Egypt for a Dissemination Workshop for the Project on Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Enhance Governance of the Fisheries Sector in Africa.

The Ministry was represented by Hon. Christopher Mbalibuli Kibanzanga the Minister of State for Agriculture who was accompanied by Dr. Edward Rukunya from the Directorate of Fisheries Resources.

Hon. Kibanzanga joined Hon. Ezzeldin Abusteit the Minister for Fisheries in Egypt, Mr. David Shearer the Director General at World Fish along with other Fisheries experts in witnessing the dissemination which was organised by the African Union International Bureau of Animal Resources (AU-IBAR).

AU-IBAR was also represented by Prof. Ahmed ElSawalhy who is the Institution’s Director.

The State Minister thanked AU-IBAR for having convened a major expert’s consultative meeting on formulation of the continental strategy for rational management of Africa inland fisheries in Kampala Uganda between from the 26th to the 30th of March 2018 and for supporting Uganda in the Development of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy that was passed by cabinet in January 2018.

The State Minister also highlighted the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) as one of the strong partners.

The Organisation is an East African Community body responsible for coordinating Fisheries and Aquaculture and through the project, the East African Community Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and the Lake Victoria Fisheries Management Plan were developed.

These were noted as some of the sources of improvements in fish stock recovery in Uganda.

Notes to editors

Below are additional details for editors.

About the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is a Ministry in the Government of Uganda charged with creating an enabling environment in the Agricultural Sector.

The Ministry formulates, reviews and implement national policies, plans, strategies, regulations and standards and enforce laws, regulations and standards along the value chain of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Vision: A competitive, profitable and sustainable agricultural sector.

Mission: To transform subsistence farming to commercial agriculture.

See strategic objectives here.

See Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan here.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is made up of four Directorates including the Directorate of Crop Resources, Directorate of Animal Resources, Directorate of Agricultural Extension Services and the Directorate of Fisheries Resources each with Departments, Divisions and Partnership Projects.

The Departments of the Ministry which do not fall directly in the above include the Department of Agricultural Planning and Development, the Human Resource Department, the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Agricultural Infrastructure, Mechanisation and Water for Agricultural Production.

The Ministry is also made up of seven Agencies including the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and Coordinating Office for the Control of Trypanosomiasis in Uganda (COCTU) and the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB).

About AU-IBAR

Established as the Interafrican Bureau of Epizootic Diseases (IBED) in 1951 to study the epidemiological situation of and commence the fight against rinderpest in Africa, the organization today bears the name African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). This name-change reflects its broader mandate, which is to support and coordinate the improved utilization of animals (livestock, fisheries and wildlife) as a resource for human wellbeing in the Member States of the African Union (AU), and to contribute to economic development, particularly in rural areas. AU-IBAR’s main clients are the African Union (AU) Member States and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to which they belong.

For more than four decades, AU-IBAR has coordinated major continent-wide efforts aimed at the eradication of rinderpest through several projects, notably the Joint Project Number 15 on Rinderpest (JP-15: 1962-1975), the Pan-African Rinderpest Campaign (PARC: 1986-1998), the African Wildlife Veterinary Project (AWVP: 1998-2000) and the Pan-African Programme for the Control of Epizootics (PACE: 1999-2007).

With its broadened mandate covering animal production (from 1970), AU-IBAR has implemented a wide range of projects, including the Pastoral Livelihoods Programme (PLP: 2000-2005), the Pastoral Livelihoods Programme HIV/AIDS (PLP HIV/AIDS: 2003-2006), the Community Animal Health and Participatory Epidemiology Project (CAPE: 2000-2004), the Regional Project for Poultry and Milk Production in East Africa Project (1999-2005), the Farming in Tsetse-Controlled Areas Project (FITCA: 1999-2004) and the Regional Programme on Ticks and Tick-borne Disease (RTTDC), among others.