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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.

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 - 2 to 4 October 2018

Save the Date 

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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CTA - PACA Aflatoxin report launched - November 21, 2016

This report reveals that substantial knowledge is available about the aflatoxin challenge that plagues African farmers, other agri-entrepreneurs, and governments. Commissioned by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with
the African Union Commission - Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), this literature review reveals that a wide range of commodities that are traded nationally, regionally and internationally are contaminated by aflatoxins. African citizens and economies are
negatively impacted as a result.

For additional information please see:

 

AFJAND Special Edition: Aflatoxins in East Africa: The importance of getting the full picture

A special issue of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development (AFJAND) focused entirely on addressing the growing aflatoxin problem in eastern Africa. The special issue, Aflatoxins in East Africa (Volume 16 No.3), was compiled by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and contains 12 peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics related to understanding and addressing aflatoxin contamination in countries throughout eastern Africa.The 12 articles provide an important examination of the status of various efforts at assessment and understanding of exposure to aflatoxins as well as mitigation approaches in a number of locations in East Africa. The articles highlight critical aspects of knowledge and information for the management of aflatoxins in key value chains: maize, sorghum, millet, and dairy. Addressing exposure in children and the gender perspective contribute to improving health and nutrition, especially in areas and population groups most negatively impacted by the presence of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins.

All articles within the new special issue on aflatoxins are freely available for download via open access. They may be found on the AJFAND website.

Engaging the Private Sector for Aflatoxin Control in Africa

AUC-PACA and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) conducted a Roundtable Side Event on Engaging the Private Sector for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, during the PACA PPM 2016 on 11 October 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda. 

The meeting served to articulate a private sector engagement strategy and evaluation criteria for effective private sector-led aflatoxin mitigation. The Roundtable gathered over 35 participants, amongst which were CEOs and programme managers from groundnut, grain, chili, coffee producers, millers, traders and processors, input and equipment suppliers, technical and financial service providers, and development partners from across African and beyond.

Participants in the side event highlighted seven catalytic interventions featuring success stories from the private sector and the enabling environment, which demonstrated how the private sector has been dealing with the aflatoxin challenge. Participants identified the following priority actions, which were conveyed to the plenary session of the PACA Partnership Platform Meeting on 13 October 2016 as key elements of a private sector engagement strategy:

  • Mobilize matching grant schemes for increasing access to technologies and services to support innovation;
  • Build alliances with consumer groups to create awareness and demand for safe quality foods without creating panic;
  • Build alliances with farmer groups/associations/cooperatives for scaling-up the adoption of good agricultural practices and collective sourcing, as incentives for premium prices;
  • Lobby government for incentives to support innovation in the food and feed value chains and updating and improving implementation of aflatoxin regulation governing the informal and commercial sectors.

CTA and PACA will continue to partner in the continued effort to control aflatoxin contamination in Africa, particularly to accelerate concrete collaboration with the private sector for improved agricultural production, agri-business and trade and health and nutrition.

The side event Summary Report and Key Recommendations are now available. Read also the CTA Blog.

Tanzania news article on PACA C-SAAP Report

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Tanzanian news outlet "The Citizen" published an article on the PACA Country-Led Situation Analysis and Action Plan report. The article reported that the Economic Assessment for Aflatoxin Contamination and Control in Tanzania says that aflatoxin is prevalent in the country and that over 3,300 people are diagnosed every year with liver cancer that is linked to aflatoxins. The C-SAAP report was compiled by researchers under the coordination of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST). http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/3-000-lives-lost-to-food-poison-yearly-...

Uganda Holds Aflatoxin Business Meeting

The African Union Commission through the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) is working to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Governments to tackle the aflatoxin challenge in Africa. The PACA Secretariat, housed at the AUC’s Department for Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), is working closely with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and local country stakeholders through country aflatoxin Steering Committees to support the preparation, execution, and oversight of country government‐led, and stakeholder aligned plans. PACA and the Republic of Uganda convened a Business Meeting of stakeholders to agree on the funding strategy and implementation road map that will ensure sustainable and predictable funding for implementing the aflatoxin control action plan in the country. The Business Meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda on 28-29 July 2016.

H.E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, AUC’s Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture opened the business meeting by assuring the Republic of Uganda, of the AUC’s commitment to support implementation of the aflatoxin control action plan, which will contribute to the agenda to regain its markets, people’s health and food security. She commended the progress made by the Republic of Uganda in institutionalizing PACA in its farming systems through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). Commissioner Tumusiime also officially launched the Uganda Mycotoxin Mitigation Steering Committee (UMMSC) which provides conceptual, strategic and policy guidance to the secretariat and Aflatoxin Technical Working Group (ATWG) – the Uganda Chapter, in the planning, implementation and coordination of mycotoxin mitigation activities in the country.

Hon. Ssempijja Vincent Bamulangaki Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda, represented by Ag. Director of extension services, Mrs. Beatrice Byarugaba, committed to incorporate the aflatoxins mitigation under the Ministry’s Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan and to also take into account the multi-disciplinary roles of agriculture, health and trade ministries in fighting aflatoxins. Hon. Bamulangaki noted that without mitigating aflatoxins, it would be difficult to fully develop the fisheries, animal and crop sub-sectors in the country.

Dr. Patrick Tusiime, Commissioner, National Disease Control, representing the Ministry of Health, assured the meeting of the Ministry’s support in advancing interventions that address the impact of Aflatoxins particularly within the preventative context of disease management, noting that a healthy nation is a productive nation!

For more information, please review the Press Release.

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