The meeting was held at
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife on 28thJune, 2014.The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss the Participatory Management of IL. Participants were drawn from eight Universities in Nigeria, three research institutes, the Department of Livestock Services in the Ministry of Agriculture and representatives from the private sector.
A total of eight presentations were made. Dr. Oseni made a presentation on the “Global Plan of Action (GPA) for the use of Animal Genetic Resources.” Dr. S.I Ola made a presentation about iLINOVA titled “Overview of project objectives and expected outcomes.” This presentation highlighted the background of the project as well as the project objectives, activities, phrases, timelines and expected outcomes.
The third presentation was delivered by Prof. O.A Adebambo on “Indigenous Livestock Resources- our heritage & our legacy.” In her presentation, Prof. Adebambo drew attention to the current and future value of IL including socio-economic and cultural values and as a reservoir of rare genes in the face of future climate and environmental uncertainties .
A presentation titled “STI Capacity in Livestock R and D Programmes- the case of family poultry” was done by Prof. Sonaiya whereby, he noted the importance of considering the benefits and risks of the project from the perspective of the producers. He went further and highlighted both the technical options and technical interventions required. Prof. Ikeobi presented the agenda for the sustainable management of IL genetic resources.
He noted that improving herding and ranching conditions in the management of IL, improved meat handling and establishment of standards were among the proposed appropriate short term responses to current challenges; while establishment of multiplication centres, livestock breeding and improvement centres, appropriate funding and formulation of a national animal breeding policy in Nigeria were some of the proposed medium-long term resources.
The sixth presentation on the programme of action for the sustainable management of IL was presented by Dr. Aladele. He made recommendations for appropriate MIL to include, community-based livestock conservation methods, establishment of regional livestock conservation hub for various IL ecotypes, rehabilitation and revamping of old and creation of new zoological gardens, re-invigoration of National Technical Committee on livestock among others.
The penultimate presentation titled “Curriculum on FanGR- content and STI Capacity for the MIL” was made by Dr. Salako. The presenter noted that students are an invaluable block for building a sustainable capacity base for the management of indigenous livestock (MIL) and that the nature of capacity building needed is interdisciplinary.
To conclude on the presentations was “Role of Government agencies and Civil societies in the conservation and sustainable management of IL resources” as presented by Mr. Ajayi. In his presentation, he advocated for a synergy among communities, research institutions, civil societies and governments for sustainable management of IL. During the meeting, the strategies and approaches for communication and awareness raising were co-designed for joint implementation.
The forum too successfully created a network of diverse players to work together with respect to the implementation of the project objectives and the promotion and advancement of IL through STI. Agreement on follow-up action including summer camps, industry linkages and among others was reached.