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The 10th Meeting of the PACA Steering Committee, 1-2 March 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique

The 10th Steering Commitee meeting is  scheudled to take place on 1-2 march 2017, in Maputo, Mozambique. The steering commitee is the highest decision making body of PACA.

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.

PACA Partnership Platform Meeting 2014

The first Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) Partnership Platform Meeting took place on 07-09 October 2014, at the African Union Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The PACA PPM was of particular importance as it was organized in the year 2014, which was declared by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”.

The PACA Partnership Platform Meeting brought together almost 200 delegates representing the full array of stakeholders involved in the management of aflatoxins in Africa, including: African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communitiies, government ministries and regulatory agencies, companies, farmers, entrepreneurs, health organizaitons, civil society groups and development partners. It was an extraordinary, productive and action directed meeting that will influence the aflatoxin control landscape in Africa for the coming period. Experts from across Africa made a compelling case for the linkages among food safety, food security and nutrition, while identifying special focus on the significant and pervasive development challenges and barriers to health posed by aflatoxins.

The meeting was an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how to engage and deepen partnerships to create synergies and alignment around current efforts on the continent. The Platform shared success stories among RECs and countries and built momentum for replication. This First PACA PPM created a forum to:

  1. Embrace the PACA Strategy 2013-2022 and PACA Mid-Term Strategic Direction as a driving instrument for guiding joint actions and phased attainment of results and impact;
  2. Share implementation progress, challenges and receive input from stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of the broad range of PACA activities;
  3. Exchange information, share experiences and lessons in aflatoxin mitigation and management, including evidence from recent studies;
  4. Identify and deepen partnerships to create synergies and strengthen programs aligned with the PACA Strategy; and
  5. Engage stakeholders to support efforts in the fight against aflatoxins on the African continent.

Please review the PPM 2014 Communique and PPM 2014 Summary for further details.

Meeting Materials

Additional Information

 

PACA Strategy Development – Stakeholder Consultation Workshop

PACA hosted a Strategy Development - Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on 10 – 12 April 2013 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. This was a technical meeting of invited experts from agriculture, trade and health to exchange information and provide input into the strategic direction and activities of PACA. As clear strategic directions are put in place, PACA plans to organize a partnership Platform meeting to engage the broader PACA community. Objectives of the Strategy Development Workshop are to: Bring together continent-wide technical knowledge and expertise on aflatoxin; Understand PACA’s work to date and provide input on PACA Strategy and future direction; Prioritize specific intervention activities, based on agreed upon criteria; and Develop key results areas for action.

Related Documents
Yemi Akinbamijo - CAADP PP Progress Update
Ranajit Bandyopadhyay - Agriculture & Food Security Dimension of Aflatoxins
Martha Byanyima -Impact of Aflatoxins on Trade
Martin Kimanya - Human health effects of aflatoxins
PACA Strategy Workshop Agenda
About PACA
PACA Objectives and Strategic Thematic Areas for Action
Aflatoxin Impacts Paper
Strategy Development Workshop Press Release

Formal Launch of PACA

Specifically, the event focused on the following:

  • Presentation of the continent-wide approach of the AUC to control the aflatoxin challenge in the context of CAADP.
  • Inauguration of the newly constituted members of the Steering Committee of PACA.
  • Panel discussion on agribusiness and agro industrial challenges in Africa in the context of aflatoxin.

Presentations offered by the esteemed presenters.
Akinbamijo Presentation
Bandyopadhyay Presentation
Mukherjee Presentation
Poems by Mukundane B Albert

 

AU-IBAR Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) Meeting, 3 & 4 October 2011

An estimated 4.5 billion people in the developing world are chronically exposed to dangerous levels of aflatoxin through diet, which contributes to chronic health problems through compromised immune systems, stunting and liver disease as well as food insecurity through crop losses. Animals consuming contaminated feed have low productivity, while major agricultural commodities containing aflatoxin above permissible limits are often denied formal trade opportunities.

In response to the threat of aflatoxin to consumers and economies in Africa, the seventh Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program's (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) underscored the need to address aflatoxin control and other SPS challenges in a holistic and integrated manner. The CAADP PP meeting “urged the AUC and the NEPAD Agency to oversee the establishment of a Continental SPS Working Group to mainstream SPS matters in the CAADP framework and establish an Africa-led Partnership for Aflatoxin Control”.

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) meeting will bring together a broad range of stakeholders in Africa, and provide an opportunity to contribute to the development and design of a comprehensive, Africa-owned and led partnership for the holistic management of aflatoxin across the continent to improve public health, increase trade, augment smallholder income and enhance food security. Participants will focus on establishing an interim framework for organizing and coordinating support for aflatoxin control programs and activities.

The meeting is organized under the auspices of the AU/DREA, and held at AU-IBAR headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya, 3 – 4 October 2011.

African Union- Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources

Related Documents
Report of the PACA AU IBAR Workshop

CAADP 7th Partnership Platform Side Event: Discussion on SPS with Focus on Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA)

Sanitary and phytosanitary issues require holistic programs that contribute to good agricultural practices (plant and animal life and health) leading to food safety. The January 2011 African Summit of Heads of State and Government, underscored the critical role of food safety in food security in Africa and called for the setting up of a Pan African Food safety Authority to harmonize and institutionalize food safety issues at continental level.

Ensuring that the SPS rules are implemented throughout the continent is essential to build consumer confidence, both in Africa and internationally. By harmonizing SPS standards, regional integration in Africa will become a reality and good agricultural practices that control animal diseases and plant pests will lead to increased production and dynamic agricultural markets with positive impacts on food security, trade and economic development at national, regional and Pan-African levels.

Aflatoxin contamination is an example of SPS issues that have a catastrophic effect on food security, public health, trade and economic development. On 23 March 2011, Meridian Institute facilitated a discussion at the 7th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Announcement:
On March 23, as part of the 7th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting, Meridian Institute, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the African Union Commission hosted a side event on SPS Issues and the proposed formation of a Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA). The participant’s for this meeting are listed in the attachment. The final communiqué from the 7th CAADP PP is also NOW AVAILABLE in the documents on the right and should soon be posted at: http://www.caadp.net/pdf/7th%20pp%20document%20linkc.pdf

In the summary of key messages, the communiqué “noted the importance of advancing sanitary and phyto‐sanitary (SPS) matters within CAADP to enhance food security and market access. In this context, the meeting underscored the need to address Aflatoxin control and other SPS challenges in a holistic and integrated manner across the entire value chain, and across the various partners involved.” 

And, in the Agreed Actions – Mainstreaming SPS - the communiqué states, “The meeting urged the AUC and the NEPAD Agency to oversee the establishment of a Continental SPS Working Group to mainstream SPS matters in the CAADP framework and establishment of an Africa‐led Partnership for Aflatoxin Control.”

For more information please contact Meridian Institute staff:

Barbara L. Stinson
Senior Partner | Meridian Institute
+1-303-670-5161 office
+1-303-570-5525 mobile
bstinson@merid.org

Rex Raimond
Senior Mediator and Program Manager | Meridian Institute
+1.720.328.3380 office
+1.970.389.5541 mobile
rraimond@merid.org

Related Documents
Communique of the 7th CAADP Partnerhsip Platform
CAADP PP PACA Side Event Summary
CAADP PP PACA Side Event Participant List
CAADP PP - Draft PACA Agenda
Aflatoxin Background Paper March 2011
Meridian Institute Presentation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Presentation
Kenya Ministry of Agriculture Presentation

Additional Resources
In addition to the materials available for download, the STDF Video: Trading safely; Protecting health, promoting development, can be found at the following link: http://www.standardsfacility.org/STDF_DVD.htm
Other relevant web resources:

http://www.caadp.net/ 
http://programs.ifpri.org/afla/afla.asp 
http://www.fas.org/blog/bio/2010/06/aflatoxin-contamination-of-maize-in-africa/ 
http://www.fao.org/docrep/x5036e/x5036E0s.htm
http://www.mycored.eu/

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