The Senegal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment Afaltoxin Control Project Project aims, as part of the implementation of the National Aflatoxin Control Plan in Senegal, to contribute to the reduction of the economic impact of aflatoxins by means of the prevention and control of contamination, as well as through the improvement of food safety throughout the entire human and animal food chains.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment; Aflatoxin Technical Working Group (ATWG - Senegal); Ministries of: Health, the Economy and Finance, Livestock, and Commerce; producer and consumer representatives
The project aims to ameliorate production risks associated with poor quality and sanitation in the artisanal peanut oil sector by setting up treatment equipment to achieve a product free of aflatoxin, the sector's key constraint. This technology support is accompanied by a capacity building program for peanut processors groups for good manufacturing and hygiene practices and demonstrations on technology. The peanut processing activity, especially that of rural crushing is mainly carried out by women.
West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (PPAAO/WAAPP)
The Aflasafe Biological Control Program is testing efficacy of Aflasafe strains in Senegal and the Gambia. They achieved registration in the CILSS Community in 2016. They are working with farmers for sensitization and training on Aflasafe application and good agricultural practices, and market linkage with exporters.
The Aflatoxin Proficiency Testing and Control in for Eastern and Central Africa (APTECA) program performs 3rd party verification activities to provide interested parties (i.e. millers, other industry, government agencies) with objective evidence of a laboratory’s capability to produce data that is both accurate and repeatable. The program also provides biannual global Proficiency Testing, working controls samples of known aflatoxin concentration for internal quality control, and the APTECA seal (Aflatoxin tested Process verified by APTECA), which can be used to demonstrate a laboratory’s competence to clients, potential customers, accreditation bodies and other external entities.
Cereal Millers Association in Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS), Cereal Growers Association, COMESA, Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the BecA ILRI Hub, Office of the Texas State Chemist, International Food Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M Agrilife Research, Office of the Texas State Chemist
The aflatoxin challenge can be addressed effectively and in a more sustainable and comprehensive fashion if it is mainstreamed in existing frameworks and structures, such as the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs). Other frameworks that can be used for mainstreaming aflatoxin issues include, inter alia, the African Health Strategy, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), national food safety laws and regulations, and local agricultural extension and community health programs. In 2014 and 2015, PACA will support its pilot countries’ efforts to mainstream aflatoxins and other food safety challenges into their CAADP NAFSIPs and relevant health and nutrition frameworks.
PACA is supporting pilot countries, including Senegal, in conducting a country-led food safety system and aflatoxin situation analysis and action planning. Senegal will be creating an empirical evidence base on existing aflatoxin prevalence, legislation, policy and regultaions, management practices and other existing control mechanisms that can effectively inform interventions.
The African Union Commission will establish an Africa Aflatoxin Information Management System (AfricaAIMS) that will serve as a “one stop shop” information harbor for aflatoxin information in the health, trade and agriculture sectors. Data on the AfricaAIMS will be “home-grown” owned by AU Member States and respective Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The information on the AfricaAIMS will serve policy makers, regulatory bodies, potential investors, technical agencies (health, trade and agriculture), researchers, farmers, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector partners along the value chain and other interested parties.
In Gambia, we are investigating the effect of in utero exposure to aflatoxin on child growth, understanding the impact of such exposure on alteration of gene expression and DNA methylation which may relevant to growth retardation and cancer predisposition In Tanzania teamed with TFDA we have successfully completed a follow-up study to understand aflatoxin exposure patterns and seasonality in different regions in Tanzania. In Senegal teamed with IITA, we surveyed around 100 farmers in groundnut production regions by seaon and mapped the aflatoxin exposure pattern in this population.
Queen's University Belfast (formerly University of Leeds)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
International Agency for Research on Cancer
Tanzania Food and Drug Authority
Bill Gates Foundation
The Royal Society
National Institute of Environment Health Sciences
Agriculture Health Research Platform
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (REA), P.O. Box 3243, Roosevelt Street, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. T: 0115517700 | F: 0115182872 | E:firstname.lastname@example.org