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ANNOUCEMENT: Third PACA Partnership Platform Meeting (3rd PPM), 2 to 4 October 2018, in DAKAR, SENEGAL

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Third PACA Partnership Platform Meeting
 Theme: “Scaling-up Country-led Approaches for Sustainable Aflatoxin Mitigation in Africa ”
 2-4 October 2018, DAKAR, SENEGAL
 

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) will hold its third Partnership Platform Meeting on 2-4 October  2018 under the theme: "Scaling-up country-led Approaches for Sustainable Aflatoxin Mitigation in Africa". 

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Press Release: Food Safety coordination and tracking on the agenda - 14th CAADP PP

Participants at a side event organised by PACA and the GFSP during the 14th CAADP Partners Platform have  called for the development of food safety indicators -  Press Release

JOINT PACA & GFSP SIDE EVENT AT 14th CAADP PP.

 

PACA and the Global Food Security Partnership (GFSP) will co-convene a Side Event during 14th CAADP PP scheduled from 24-28 April 2018. Libreville, Gabon.

Objective: To engage stakeholders for the development of food safety indicators for inclusion in the 2nd Malabo Biennial Report.

Date: 25th April 2018

Venue: Conference Room 3, Radisson Blu Okoumé Palace Hotel, Libreville, Gabon.

Time: 08:30 -10: 00 hrs.

The event will be co-chaired by: Ms. Lystra Antoine, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-GFSP and Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA)-African Union Commission (AUC).

 

SAVE THE DATE: Third PACA Partnership Platform Meeting (3rd PPM) - 2 to 4 October 2018

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Third PACA Partnership Platform Meeting
 Theme: “Scaling-up Country-led Approaches for Sustainable Aflatoxin Mitigation in Africa ”
 2-4 October 2018, Location TBD
 

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) is holding its third Partnership Platform Meeting on 2-4 October  2018 under the theme: "Scaling-up country-led Approaches for Sustainable Aflatoxin Mitigation in Africa". 

Kindly save the date!

Regional Workshop on Combating Aflatoxins in the Maize Value Chains of Africa, 4-5 December 2017, Dar es Salam, Tanzania

PACA together with key Stakeholders and appropriate Regional Economic Communities in organizing a maize value chain workshop in Dar es Salaam-Tanzania in 2017 in order to address the pertinent impacts of aflatoxins in the maize value chain. The workshop aims to galvanize multi-sectoral response towards the aflatoxin challenge in the maize value chain in Africa in order to address its health, food security and trade challenges

 

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PACA aflatoxin sampling and testing protocol training on 12-13 December 2017 in Dakar, Senegal

The African Union Commission through the Partneship for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), the ECOWAS Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are organizing a regional aflatoxin sampling and testing  protocol training for ECOWAS Member States from 12-13 December 2017 in Dakar, Sénégal. The training workshop will address challenges faced by member states such as high rejection of certificates, increasing reliability of laboratories, lack of harmonized protocols as well as limited standards that exist for aflatoxins in staple commodities.

Additionaly, we are pleased to share with you video links related to sampling agricultural commodities for mycotoxins by Drs. Tom Whitaker and Andrew Slate. Please watch the videos for your reference and as support documentation for the upcoming training. We hope you enjoy the videos. 

 

Part I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgQ5bJCQX0s

Part II

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn15pY4Sc_g

Part III

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_p7Gv1D9yE

General discussion by PMIL

http://www.caes.uga.edu/global/feed-the-future-innovation-labs/peanut-mycotoxin-innovation-lab/news-and-events/news/finding-the-needle-in-the-haystack--refining-the-way-we-look-for.html

 

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2ND PACA Partnership Platform Meeting: 11-13 October 2016, Kampala, Uganda

The African Union Commission hosted the 2nd PACA biennial Partnership Platform Meeting (PPM) on 11-13 October 2016, under the leadership of the PACA Steering Committee. The PPM 2016 was held at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda.

The theme of the PPM 2016 was “Tracking commitments, sustaining implementation for results and impact.” The meeting created a forum for the full array of stakeholders involved in the management of a­flatoxins to share lessons and information, engage and deepen partnerships to create synergies, and align around current and future aflatoxin control efforts on the continent.

The 2nd PACA Partnership Platform Meeting (PPM) brought together approximately 270 stakeholders from across Africa and beyond, including Government Heads of States, Ministers and other senior government officials from African Union Member States, senior Regional Economic Communittee representatives, farmer organizations, consumer associations, large and small business sector representatives, civil society, academia and development partners.

The PPM included a Technical Opening Session and an Official Opening Session. The Official Opening was graced by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of AUC, who both called for continued efforts towards addressing the aflatoxin menace. Speakers at the Technical Opening Session included Hon. Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General of East African Community,  Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda and Hon. Ssempijja Vincent Bamulangaki, Cabinet Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries in Uganda. Please read the press releases of the PPM 2016: Official Opening Press Release ; Technical Opening Press Release.

The meeting achieved the following objectives:

  1. Tracked progress of implementing the specific actions identified at the 1st PPM.
  2. Assessed efforts of the last two years (2014-2016) of implementing PACA activities at continental, regional and national levels, in order to capture the attained successes and recorded challenges, for the development of a clear roadmap for the next two years of implementation.
  3. Celebrated the numerous programs and activities being implemented by partners in managing aflatoxin, particularly the active leadership of key agents of change and aflatoxin mitigation champions active on the continent.
  4. Endorsed planned approaches for implementing PACA Phase II, 2016-2019.
  5. Strengthened instruments and mechanisms for accountability, M&E and reporting for PACA stakeholders.

For a full description and meeting materials of the PACA PPM 2016, please review the following:

For background information on the PPM 2016, please read the PACA PPM 2016 Brochure, available here, Additional information, including the meeting report, will be posted as it becomes available.

For further information, please send an inquiry to: paca@africa-union.org

High Level Roundtable on Food Safety and Aflatoxins: Time to take Action

On 12 April 2016, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems and Nutrition (Global Panel) and the African Union Commission’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) brought together African policymakers to discuss food safety issues, and in particular aflatoxins, on the margins of the 12th CAADP Partnership Platform. The Roundtable was chaired by H.E. John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and co-chair of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

At the joint High Level Roundtable, the Global Panel launched its policy brief Assuring Safe Food Systems: Policy Options for a Healthier Food Supply, which reviews food safety issues that are critical to poor and vulnerable populations in low and middle-income countries.Participants discussed the food safety challenge on the African continent and its serious threat to the achievement of the Malabo Declaration. And, they identified promising pathways to addressing food safety in general and aflatoxin, in particular.

The High Level Roundtable Communique is available here.

The High Level Roundtable Press Release is available here.

Workshop on “Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa”

PACA in collaboration with Amref Health Africa and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organized a Workshop on “Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa”. This workshop took place on 23-24 March 2016 at the AUC Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and brought together experts, stakeholders and partners working on aflatoxins especially in the health and nutrition sectors across Africa and beyond. The meeting goal was to foster and reinforce multi-sectoral engagements for aflatoxin control against health and nutritional hazards in Africa. Meeting objectives included:

  • Updating participants on the burden and the current situation of health and nutritional effects due to aflatoxin exposures at global, regional and country levels
  • To inform participants of the distinct role of nutrition in health-based aflatoxin research
  • Catalogue the various interventions targeting human and animal health as well as nutrition initiatives and actors in countries
  • Create a platform (proposed as: Africa Aflatoxin Health and Nutrition Network) that would link actors across the three focal sectors (with special emphasis on health and nutrition) of the African economy impacted by aflatoxins to effectively crusade against this deadly fungal “poison”
  • Identifying gaps (especially as related to the nutrition sub-component) on current responses in line with the health component of the PACA strategy
  • Developing an operational plan to address the gaps and or implement the health and nutrition component of the PACA strategy

Read the press release here. The workshop report will be made available soon. The following workshop materials are available:

  • Two Page Description of the workshop on “Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa”
  • Program of the workshop on “Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa”
  • Concept Note for the workshop on “Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa”
  • Brief bios of speakers and presenters at the workshop on “Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa”

The following workshop presentations are available for download:

 

Regional workshop on “Revamping the groundnut value chain of West Africa through aflatoxin mitigation”, 01-02 September 2015

In most West African countries, groundnut is an important crop used in various forms. It is a basic food and cash crop. Its production, processing and trade are major sources of employment, income and foreign exchange in many West African countries. Unfortunately, since the 1960s, groundnut production and trade have been declining due to various factors; aflatoxin contamination being an important cause of this decline. Many countries in the region would unleash their groundnut sector’s potential if they could effectively tackle the aflatoxin menace. In an attempt to address the problem faced by West African states and bringing potential solutions, PACA organized a workshop on “Revamping the groundnut value chain of West Africa through aflatoxin mitigation”.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Share perspectives on the state of the aflatoxin challenge in groundnut value chains in West Africa and opportunities for intervention
  2. Discuss the current policy landscape of West African States in relation to aflatoxin control, food safety as well as trade and identify actions to address gaps
  3. Discuss current technological practices for aflatoxin prevention and control and explore new options
  4. Review and validate the ECOWAS Aflatoxin Control Action Plan as a step towards facilitating adoption in the region  
  5. Identify new, and strengthen existing partnership opportunities among national, regional and international stakeholders in aflatoxin management and agree on strategies for mobilizing required investments to support priority activities.

The workshop was held in Dakar, Senegal from 01-02 September 2015. The workshop was jointly organized by PACA Secretariat, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Pan African Agribusiness and Agro Industry Consortium, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), the Government of Senegal and other partners.

The workshop summary is available (English; French). The following workshop materials are also available:

Watch PAEPARD interviews with participants: Dr. Janet Edeme, Head Rural Economy Divison, African Union Commission, and Papa Ousseynou SANE, C.E.O Snambel Production et Distribution.

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