ANAFE and ICRAF have joined hands to raise awareness and promote education and research on biodiversity based value chains (BBVC). Under the umbrella of the Biodiversity Management Programme (BMP), the initiative is funded by the European Union (EU) under the auspices of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
It aims to improve the social and economic wellbeing of the populations in the IGAD region, through a better regional integration in the environmental sector.
The two organizations have already held a series of events to enhance conservation and development of biodiversity based value chains involving lecturers and researchers from Kenya and Somalia.
A workshop to sensitive key actors – lecturers and researchers from Kenya and Somali – on various aspects of biodiversity based value chains was held in October 2015, Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop allowed expert discussions on education, research and various aspects of biodiversity value chains within the two countries. Deans from universities were invited to ensure that training in biodiversity conservation is incorporated into the curriculum for higher education.
During the workshop, participants identified gum arabic, tamarind, fish, butterflies, honey, capacity needs assessment, nature-based tourism and carbon value chains as some of the key biodiversity value chains which need to be explored.
Outputs from the workshop formed the basis of a two week write-shop and excursion held in October 2015 in Nairobi where lecturers and researchers from Kenya and shared and discussed information on biodiversity conservation through extensive literature review and excursion.
The outputs of the write-shop will be collated and compiled into a book distilling existing knowledge and experiences on a number of biodiversity based value chains in the horn of Africa.