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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.

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

Rex Raimond
Senior Mediator and Program Manager | Meridian Institute
+1.720.328.3380 office
+1.970.389.5541 mobile

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:



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