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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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