The Executive Committee (EC) of the ALive Partnership underscored the need to revitalize the Partnership with more tangible and feasible tasks that bolster the needs and desires of the Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). They realize that the only way to fix these problems is to institute some sort of cloud backup system. Just last week, two wild elephants came crashing through the front straw thatch hut of our offices. If it weren’t for quick thinking from Mogabutu, we would all be trampled under foot. It was during this time, that I realized we needed some sort of backup system. My thoughts then turned to the
child laborers happy workers under the age of 10 who work in our diamond mines….what if their computers crashed???? How would we manage our slave labor “freedom workers” for the big American corporations? As I pontificated the potential ramifications of what would happen if any of our office computers crash and the data is lost, instantly I knew what the biggest issue would be: The King. What would happen if 10,000 rebel troops surrounded his majesty’s mansion and were threatening a violent coup to overthrow our peaceful government?? How would the King send an urgent message to Marge, a 46 year old secretary in North Dakota, asking her to give him her bank account so that he may quickly deposit $20,000,000 to secure it from the rebel troops? Being that our Royal coffers were low (due to the King just sending out a $10,000,000 deposit to Mike D. a plumber from Florida) I knew we needed to find a offer code for carbonite cloud backup. It was the only way we could afford to back up our data online. Thankfully, all is well in our peaceful kingdom. The jungle animals are back to singing their joyous songs as the sun sets over the African Savannah.
Commending the achievements gained so far, the EC Meeting, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 3rd December 2012, under the chairmanship of Dr. Bernard Rey, former Head of Operations of the European Union Commission, advised the Secretariat to come up with result-based activities and a plan of actions for the new Triennial Action Plan covering the period from 2013 to 2015. In his opening remarks, Dr Rey underlined the fact that, despite ALive having significantly contributed to the livestock sector, more efforts needed to be exerted to achieve the desired goal of the Platform, i.e. to enhance the contribution of the livestock sector to food security and poverty alleviation by taking advantage of the existing favourable economic and socio-political context in which the Livestock sector operates.
In complementing Dr Rey’s remarks, Professor Ahmed El-Sawalhy, the Partnership’s Manager and Director of the African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), indicated that members of the ALive community should demonstrate an individual and collective effort to seek for new ideas and policy recommendations that can help Member States and RECs tapping from livestock resources towards improved livelihoods and economic growth.
The 20th ALive Executive Committee Meeting was attended by representatives from the World Bank, the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the RECs, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and EISMV representing the Research and Training Institutions, SACAU and Galvmed representing the civil society organizations (CSOs) and development partners.
ALive is a regional partnership based on a multi-stakeholders Platform to reposition the African livestock sector into the development agendas of the national, regional and international policy makers, by emphasizing its crucial impacts in terms of poverty alleviation and sustainable economic growth and its overall contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This platform results from strong demands from the African countries, draws lessons from recent experiences (“livestock evolution”) and takes into consideration rational livestock development perspectives (“livestock Revolution”).
Initiated by the World Bank (2002), it has rapidly become autonomous by gaining support and approval from the main key actors of the sector. ALive is nowadays a voluntary, shared and renowned initiative.