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Newsletter Vol. 4
This is yet another opportunity to update our stakeholders on what is happening in the AR4D arena in the ASARECA region. Last week, precisely from July 17 to 19, there was a bee-hive of activity across the ContinentThree of the five Regional Multi-Purpose Animal Genetics Banks recently established in Africa were simultaneously launched on July 19 across Africa.

Those launched on Friday were for: Eastern Africa, situated at the National Animal Genetic Resource Centre and Data Bank (NAGRC&DB) Entebbe, Uganda; Northern Africa, located at the National Gene Bank of Tunis (BNG), Tunisia; Western Africa, based at Centre International de Recherche-Développement sur l’Elevageen zone Subhumide (CIRDES) Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.

The other two Gene Banks for Southern Africa situated at the Department of Agricultural Research (DAR) Gaberone, Botwana; and Central Africa, housed at the University of Dschang, Cameroon were launched a week earlier. In Eastern Africa, the Prime Minister of Uganda, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on behalf of the Head of State, HE. Yoweri Museveni presided over the official launch of the Animal Genetic Resources Bank at the Livestock Experimentation Station of the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Databank (NAGRC&DB) in Entebbe. The launch was preceded by the General Assembly of member States held from July 17 to 18. The States charged ASARECA with the responsibility of coordinating effective collection and sharing of the genetic resources. The member countries to the regional Gene Bank are Uganda: (host), Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.

This issue of the ASARECA Newsletter brings you to speed on this and other happenings in the Region. Enjoy the news.

Prof. Jean Jacques Mbonigaba Muhinda
Executive Secretary—ASARECA


  1. Three regional animal Gene Banks simultaneously launched across Africa
  2. Museveni lauds AU, ASARECA, IGAD EAC for Gene Banking
  3. African Heads of States urged to support livestock genetic conservation
  4. ASARECA selected as coordinator of Animal Genetic Resources network
  5. ASARECA, AGRA in cooperation follow-up talks
  6. ASARECA AAIN to jointly publish compendium of technologies
News from our Partners
  1. Appointment of Interim Chairperson of FARA
  2. Gene Identified That Will Help Develop Plants to Fight Climate Change
  3. How Kenya land system has killed agriculture - Daily Nation.
  4. How Climate Change is Fueling Innovation in Kenya | Science ...
  5. Millions of farmers, herders dependent on rain face drought, as FAO ...
  6. Tanzania: Bashe - Tanzania Ready to Sell Maize to Kenya.
  7.  Tanzania: Experts Offer Insight On Cons, Pros of GMO
  8. Africa: AGOA - Good for Africa, Warts and All?
  • Over 8,000 well-organised saccos, a strong National Policy that prioritises technologies that increase yields, reduce losses and improve quality, along with climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive approaches. The latest Africa Agriculture Status Report ranks Rwanda the highest in dedication to agricultural growth. Details of what Rwanda gets right in this articleRwanda's farming revolution - Daily Nation
Featured stories

This weed seen in parts of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, among other countries, can survive on top of any living plant or shrub. But in no time, it suffocates its host to death: Invasive weed ‘could cut crop yields by 30 per cent’ . Related story:  Parasitic Plants Use Stolen Genes to Make Them Better Parasites

Globally, the agriculture the central governments reduced expenditure  in agriculture to around 1.6% between 2001 and 2017. Agriculture Orientation Index (AOI) for Government Expenditures was lowest for Sub-Saharan Africa, indicating low expenditure share relative to sector contribution to GDP.  Find out details of this in Report courtesy of FAO Government expenditure on agriculture - FAO

AR4D Events 
  1. September 6, 2019, in Accra Ghana:  Green Revolution Forum
  2. October 23-25, 2019 in Accra Ghana:  Conference of the African Plant Breeders Association, 
  3. January 23-24in Nairobi, Kenya: 2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa.
  4. October 16-18 October in Hyderabad India: Big Data in Agriculture Convention 2019
  5. June 25-27, 2019. Nairobi, Kenya: Eastern Africa Conference on Scaling Up Agro-Ecology and Ecological Organic Trade
  7. October  3-5, 2019 in Mombasa, Kenya: 8th African Grain Trade Summit 
  8. October 7-9, 2019 in Addis Ababa, EthiopiaAfrican Climate Risks Conference 2019.
  9. July 28., 2019 at Fab Hotel Suncourt Karol Bagh, New DelhiInternational Conference on Agriculture, Forestry, Biotechnology and Food Science (ICAFBFS)
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