The vital role of adapted and resilient pastoral systems in the face of climate change reaffirmed in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 01 July 2016. The workshop on Policy Dialogue and Strengthening of the capacity of pastoralists’ networks and organizations closed today by reaffirming the vital role of adapted and resilient patoral systems in the face of climate change. The three-day gathering was Organized by AUC/DREA, through Pastoralism Division, under the theme: Resilience and adaptation to drought conditions and pastoralists systems in Africa”. It was attended by various experts and actors namely representatives of the AUC, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), pastoralist organisations, Farmers’ Organizations, National Governments and Civil Society Organizations.


Group Photo at the opening ceremony of the workshop on Pastoralism

The main objective of the   workshop was to understand the mechanism for assessing and predicting   risks, monitoring and early warning in pastoralist regions. The workshop   provided the opportunity for the creation of platform for exchanges,   dialogues and cooperation among African pastoralist organizations and   networks which would facilitate the management, sharing and dissemination of   knowledge and best practices of pastoralism.

Delivering the opening remarks on the behalf of AUC, Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS, underlined the importance of pastoralism despite the vulnerability of pastoralists and hence the need for promotion of sustainable pastoralism to take the place it deserves in the debate on development of natural resource management strategies.

Mr. Djibo Bagna, Head of Board of ROPPA, reemphasized “Some of the critical elements necessary to strengthen the capacity of pastoralists include livestock development, policy and governance, gender balanced development, equitable resource tenure, access to social services in addition to efficient resource use”.

After three days of intensive sessions, strong recommendations have been formulated to key targets. The role of the African Union Commission in addressing the plight of pastoralists through the preparation of the Policy Framework for Pastoralism was acknowledged. Also African governments were called on to support the implementation of the Policy Framework by committing adequate resources as well as developing suitable policies and laws to enhance cross border livestock mobility that would go a long way to boost food security and nutrition.

As key messages, the workshop noted the need for concerted actions aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change including technical preventive measures and aspects of socio-economic interventions to ease the vulnerability of populations inhabiting arid and semi-arid zones to ensure resilience and adaptation to drought conditions and pastoral systems in Africa.

The workshop also reaffirmed the vital role of adapted and resilient pastoral systems in the face of climate change considering that such systems protect the rights of pastoralists, secure their resources, preserve their unique way of life and increase their productivity. The participants to the workshop highlighted the need to cascade the Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa at national level with a greater coordination on the continent and within regions. This calls for establishment of a mechanism in place by the African Union Commission to assess the progress, address challenges and take advantage of the opportunities it presents.

Delegates noted pastoralism as a business that is a continuum along the demand and supply value chains that would benefit from investment in public infrastructure and provision of basic services to the pastoral communities. Delegates underscored the need for a robust advocacy campaign with solid and scientific evidence, capacity building, favorable policies, structured investments and technological innovations to make pastoralism an attractive venture for women and youth as well as for financial support through credits. The workshop recognized the sensitive land tenure systems within Member States which affect transformation towards sustainable pastoralism in arid and semi-arid zones.

A key recommendation of the workshop was that AUC, in collaboration with RECs, should provide the needed support to cascade the AUC policy framework on Pastoralism in Africa in the New Generation of Regional Agriculture Investment Plans (RAIPs)/National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs) under the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

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Outstanding performance of young ladies at the 53rd Africa Day anniversary in Burkina Faso


 Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO, 25 May 2016. The 2016 anniversary for the creation of OAU/AU was celebrated in Ouagadougou, B.F. on Wednesday 25th May. The programme was organized by the Youths Pan Africanist Association (YPAA) in the Capital City of Burkina Faso with the support of AU SAFGRAD. Hundreds of people mainly youths; University studients and representative of youths organization participated in the celebration hosted in the front courtyard of AU SAFGRAD Office in Ouagadougou.

Groupe photo 25 mai 2016


The events organized to mark the celebration includes debates, essay writings and SLAM music competition on the themes of African Integration as enunciated in the Agenda 2063 - the Africa We Want.


The celebration commenced early afternoon with the rendition of the anthems of Africa Union and Burkina Faso. The Africa Day message of Dr. Dlamini Nkosazana Zuma, Chairperson of AUC, was read by Ms Awa, one of the leaders of the YPAA. The debate and essay writing competition prizes were awarded to three young ladies for their excellent performance. The anniversary celebration was spiced with a live-band performance by the popular music artist Mekodi Dia.

The 53rd Africa Day celebration was kick-started Mid May with the finals of the annual school sports competition in Boussouma, in the district of Tenkodogo (two hundreds kilometres distant from Ouagadougou). On the occasion, Mr. GOUEM Idrissa Celestin, AUC Officer native of the community, was the Chair of the ceremony, supported by AU SAFGRAD Office. Different games were staged to mark the event and many Young ladies excel in the competition. The Boussouma community of about 30,000 inhabitants is noted for the high school enrolment of girls. Not surprising, girls won most of the rophies competed forat the great satisfaction of government Officials and local leaders including His Majesty The Naaba Sigri, royal father of the day.

The OAU/AU birthday was also marked at the University level, notably at Institut Africain de Management (IAM Ouagadougou) with cultural parades of various countries including African dances, dressing and cooking.

All the events presented great opportunities to talk about African Integration through The Agenda 2063.


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The FAO Agricultural Water for Africa (AgWA) delegation was namely composed of : Mr Maher Salman, Technical Adviser, Land and water Division, FAO-Rome; Mr Fethi Lebdi, Coordinator, Agricultural water for Africa, AgWA, FAO-Addis and Mr Moussa Konate, Resident Engineer, FAO-Ouagadougou.

Taking the floor, Mr Salman gave a brief of the activities of AgWA in promoting agricultural water use efficiency in Africa. He informed on the technical and policy/planning approach of AgWA in achieving increased irrigation water use efficiency in Africa and that the team was in Burkina Faso to access the Suru irrigation water scheme.

In his side, Dr Elmekass gave a brief of the activities of AU-SAFGRAD and projects implemented in strengthening policies and Institutions toward building livelihood resilience in the dry parts of Africa. The importance of agricultural water was reiterated as of cross-cutting concern that defines livelihood activities and welfare in the dry parts of Africa.

Areas of collaborations were identified in the AU-SAFGRAD’ initiative in promoting small irrigation schemes in Africa. The facilitation of a virtual platform on small irrigation schemes, which is to be the start point, was found to be part of AgWA strategic focus in promoting agricultural water use efficiency. The strategic advantage of AU-SAFGRAD as a specialized technical office of Africa Union Commission was highlighted as a potent means for informing national and regional policy makers.

It was agreed that the collaboration should produce concrete policy-focused outcomes that would serve as input at the next Specialized Technical Committee of Agriculture, Water, Rural development and Environment.

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Mr. KOUTOU Mamadou, Senior Programme Officer, to represent AU SAFGRAD to the 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation


PR Nº108/2016


The 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of the Africa-EU high level policy Dialogue
on Science, Technology and Innovation

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4thApril 2016: The department of Human Resources, Sciences and Technology (HRST) today 4th April 2016 held the 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovationin collaboration with the European Commission at the African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation (STI) is a platform established to promote dialogue on STI between the EU and Africa under the Lisbon 2007 Joint Africa-EU Strategy. The HLPD has so far held two Senior Officials meetings, in Addis Ababa in October 2011 and in Brussels in November 2013.The Senior Officials in their second meeting agreed to work towards a long-term co-owned Research and Innovation Partnership (R&IP). They further agreed on the first priority namely “the role of science, technology and innovation in ensuring Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, (FNSSA)”. In the implementation of these conclusions, the Bureau of the EU-Africa HLPD worked on the development of a roadmap towards this EU-Africa R&I Partnership on FNSSA for collaborative research and innovation, taking the whole value chain into consideration. This roadmap proposes the basis for a joint research agenda, short-to medium term actions towards implementation (2014-2017) and reflections on long-term options for implementation (2018-2020 and beyond) and is based on the input of three different working groups.

The Commissioner of the Human Resource, Science and technology (HRST), H.E Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga in his remarks appreciated the efforts of the senior officials since the Lisbon 2007, and also expressed his gratitude to the HLPD Bureau for successfully organizing this third policy dialogue. “It is now time for European and African continents, with their rich and complex history, to forge a new and stronger partnership that builds on their new identities and renewed institutions, capitalize on the past and provide a solid framework for long-term, systematic and well integrated cooperation”. The Commissioner expressed.

H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga reiterated that the ambition of the Lagos Plan of Action was that no African country could obtain consistent results from its research system unless it commits at least 1% of its GDP. He emphasized that while simulation within the context of STISA 2024 shows that for the year 2013, 1% of the continent's GDP could amount to 23 billion U.S. dollars it is disheartening to observe that only two or three countries have so far achieved or are in the phase of achieving the goal of 1% of investment in R&D.

Furthermore, the Commissioner re-emphasized that the roadmap developed on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture within the EU-Africa partnership will be instrumental in delivering on the people centered long-term Agenda 2063 and in addressing the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He acknowledged the efforts of the EU in its funding strategy for the economic growth of Africa through investing in Science, technology and innovations. Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director General and Co-chair of the HLPD; DG research and Innovation European Commission in his statement appreciated the role of Science, technology and innovation, which has gained momentum with agenda 2030, and further calling for increased international cooperation. The deputy director mentioned that EU’s commitment ‘’HORIZON 2020’’ is open to
international cooperation. EU has strong investment within the areas of science and technology, geared towards providing solutions for example: climate change, sustainable energy production, and food and nutrition security. Mr. Wolfgang Burtscher expressed deep gratitude to the African Union Commission for hosting the HLPD meeting and to the bureau of the HLPD for a better implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation at continental levels. He applauded AU’s interest in investing in science, technology and Innovation
and reiterated the significance of adopting the roadmap towards the jointly EU-Africa Research and Innovation partnership. Mr. Burtscher underlined that the European Commission already dedicated a 97.5 Euros budget towards implementation. He welcomed the commitments some of the European and African countries are ready
to make towards this Research and Innovation partnership.

Prof. Hany El-Shemy, Dean of the faculty of Agriculture, AU Co-chair of the HLPD called upon delegates to work hard during the two days deliberations to come up with insightful recommendations and outcomes. In addition, professor El-Shemy underscored that Africa has potentials, resources but investing in science and technology is a prerequisite, by the partnership between AU and EU, Africa will move forward its Agenda 2063.



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Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – 17 February 2016. HE David G. BALA, outgoing Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Burkina Faso, pays a farewell visit to AU SAFGRAD Office. He used the opportunity of the visit to highlight the crucial role of Agriculture in Africa, hence African Union SAFGRAD programmes.


HE David G. Bala (in the left), in company   with Dr. A. ELMEKASS, posing with the   gift offered by AU SAFGRAD Staff Association

HE David G. BALA, outgoing Ambassador of Nigeria to Burkina Faso, with two of his officers, were received at AU SAFGRAD Office by the Coordinator, Dr Ahmed ELMEKASS, and the staff. The reception was to bid farewell to His Excellency in recognition of the roles played in promoting regional integration driven by sustained agricultural development.

In his welcome address, AU SAFGRAD Head of Mission congratulated the Nigerian diplomat for successfully completing his tenure in Burkina Faso and for the exemplary roles played in regional integration and development. “Although I am not a part of Burkina Faso Government, but as an African, I appreciate your achievements here in Burkina Faso, our host country” added Dr. Ahmed ELMEKASS. Finally, the Coordinator briefed the visitors on AU SAFGRAD programmes and activities, notably the recent projects on opportunities and challenges of Strategic Agricultural Commodities value chain development in the sahelo-saharian zones in Africa. AU SAFGRAD Head of mission concluded by wishing HE David G. BALA a successful continuation of his career.

In his response, The Ambassador noted the key role of AU as a unifying entity to promote peace and prosperity in African Continent. He particularly identified with the activities of AU SAFGRAD in promoting livelihood resilience in Africa semi-arid zones through Agriculture development. He pointed out that increased and sustained agricultural production holds the key to economic development in Africa. This is against the backdrop of falling prices of mineral resources particularly crude oil.

A gift of locally made bronze statue and light refreshment were provided by the staff Association of AU SAFGRAD to the Ambassador.

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The African Union Commission’s specialized technical office for the promotion of agricultural research for development in semi-arid Africa (SAFGRAD) has been re-institutionalized in 2003 as one of the technical offices under the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the AUC. It is based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Its mission is to advance agricultural and rural development within the semi-arid zones of Africa. It has the mandate of facilitating the advancement of agricultural research, technology transfer and dissemination for the development of livelihoods in semi-arid zones of Africa. It designs and implements programmes and projects in accordance with this mandate. 

AU-SAFGRAD’s important functions include facilitation, coordination, advocacy and networking as part of the regional efforts to move the African agricultural development agenda forward. It enters into strategic partnerships with regional and/or sub-regional and international institutions with a view to collaborating for synchronised efforts and synergy so that noticeable impacts are achieved. AU-SAFGRAD is assisted by a Steering Committee whose members are drawn from Regional Economic Communities, relevant UN agencies, International Agricultural Research Centers, and regional and sub-regional institutions who have stakes in what constitutes its core business.

The Commission of the African Union invites applicants for the following position:



Post title:                               Driver

Post level:                              GSB7

Duty Station:                        Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Immediate Supervisor:          Finance and Administration Officer


2. Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Operate and      maintain official cars in a clean and serviceable condition and Perform      minor maintenance when necessary;
  • Transport      Officials of the Organization and visiting Personnel to and from all      Diplomatic Missions and/or International Organization and Government      Offices;

and make the necessary arrangements for the accommodation services;

  • Ensure the planning and preparation of trips (itineraries, travel times, schedules);
  • Drive offices’ vehicle for transportation of authorized personnel and delivery/collection of cargo, pouch and other items;
  • Make field trips in/or out out-side the country;
  • Ensure that the required steps have to be seriously taken according to the rules and regulations of AUC and host country in case of involvement in accident;
  • Ensure the respect of traffic low in the host country
  • Deliver official      documents and/or pick up and deliver light office equipment
  • Perform any      other duties as assigned



2.Educational Qualifications: Candidates must have at least CEPE. A higher educational qualification will be an added advantage.


3.Work experience requirement:

  • Candidates must have at least 10 years of appropriate experience.
  • Hodler of a valid Grade C Driving License,
  • Good knowledge of car mechanics,
  • Relevant work experience with another international organization will be an added advantage.

5. Language requirement: Ability to speak, read and write French. Knowledge of any of the other of AU languages will be an added advantage.

6. Age requirement:

Candidates must preferably be not more than 45 years old.

7. Tenure of Appointment: The appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract shall be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables

8. Gender Mainstreaming: The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.         

9. Application: To apply, please submit the following:

  • Application letter;
  • A detailed and updated CV, indicating your nationality, age and gender;
  • Names and contact details (including e-mail address) of three references;
  • Certified copies of degrees and diplomas.  

10. Remuneration: Indicative basic salary of US$ 6,536 (GSB7 step 1) per annum plus other related entitlements-e.g., education allowance (75% of tuition and other education related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$2,520 per child per annum, maximum 4 children), etc.

11. The applications must be received not later than 29 January 2016, and should be addressed to:


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

P.O. Box 01BP1783 Ouagadougou 01

Fax: +22625311586

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