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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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