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AFJAND Special Edition: Aflatoxins in East Africa

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: The importance of getting the full picture (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.

PACA Brochure-Interventions and Results Overview

A 4 page overview of the impacts and resutls of PACA's interventions to combat Aflatoxins.

Position Announcement: Managing Director for the Aflasafe Technology Transfer Program.

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) invites applications for the internationally recruited position of Managing Director for the Aflasafe Technology Transfer Program.

AUC-Mars agreement press release

AUC and Mars, Incorporated sign agreement to tackle aflatoxins. AUC issued press release on 7 December 2015. The African Union Commission and Mars, Incorporated, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share food safety resources and expertise to control aflatoxins in food crops – a significant threat to food safety in Africa and a major deterrent to use of key African raw materials in global supply chains.

GN Workshop - Presentation on Financing Options for Aflatoxin Control

1-2 September 2015 Groundnut Workshop, Session 6.3: Input presentation on Who should finance aflatoxin control and why; by Alinani Simukonda, Entry Point Africa

GN Workshop - Presentation on technologies and solutions for aflatoxin control

1-2 September 2015 Groundnut Workshop, Session 6.1: Input presentation on Technology and best practice solutions for scaling (gaps and opportunities for action); by Ranajit Bandyopadhyay, IITA, Samuel Njoroge, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Peter Cotty, US Department of Agriculture.

Étude Exploratoire pour L’évaluation de L’environnement Politique et des Capacités Techniques pour le Contrôle des Aflatoxines dans les États Membres de la CEDEAO

La production de données pour l’élaboration de politiques est une préoccupation centrale du Partenariat pour la Lutte contre l’Aflatoxine en Afrique (PACA) de la Commission de l’Union Africaine. C’est pourquoi le PACA a demandé que soient menées des études au niveau de deux régions (celle de la COMESA et celle de la CEDEAO) afin d’évaluer les capacités nationales de lutte contre l’aflatoxine. La présente étude se concentre sur la région de la CEDEAO ; elle évalue les systèmes de sécurité sanitaire des aliments, les politiques et règlementations liées à celle-ci, mais aussi les capacités de contrôle de l’aflatoxine des hommes et des laboratoires dans les États membres de la CEDEAO.

Scoping Study to Assess the Policy Environment and Capacity for Aflatoxin Control in the ECOWAS Member States

Evidence generation to inform policy is at the heart of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) of the African Union Commission. As a result, PACA has commissioned studies at the regional level both in the COMESA and ECOWAS region to assess aflatoxin control capacities at the country level. This study, focusing on the ECOWAS region, assesses the food safety systems, related policies and regulations, as well as human and laboratory capacities in aflatoxin control in ECOWAS Member States.

Groundnut Value Chain in West Africa Workshop Program

Program of the workshop on “Revamping the groundnut value chain of West Africa through aflatoxin mitigation”, 1-2 September 2015, Dakar, Senegal


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