Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa

Improving food security, health, and trade

Aflatoxin contamination has wide ranging impacts on health, trade and food security throughout Africa. Prevention and control of aflatoxin requires a comprehensive, systematic approach, involving a broad range of stakeholders in Africa and globally. The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) aims to provide consistent coordination and coherent leadership to the continental efforts on aflatoxin control.

 

Stakeholders have endorsed the creation of PACA under the leadership of the African Union Commission (AUC). Participants in the seventh Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program’s (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) in March 2011 urged that the AUC oversee the establishment of a Continental SPS Working Group to mainstream sanitary/phytosanitary (SPS) matters in the CAADP framework and establishment of an Africa-led Partnership for Aflatoxin Control. Since then, the AUC has been working with a Steering Committee, representing interests across sectors in Africa, and a broad range of stakeholders to develop structures, strategies, and approaches for achieving PACA’s vision: an Africa free from the harmful effects of aflatoxins. The 10-year PACA Strategy, 2013-2022 is available by clicking here.

 

Dr. Amare Ayalew, Program Manager, leads the PACA Secretariat at the AUC. He brings extensive experience, having worked on aflatoxin issues for the last 20+ years, particularly as a professor at Haramaya University in Ethiopia since 2002. The other PACA Secretariat staff members include Wezi Chunga and Winta Sintayehu, Program Officers. The AUC-based Secretariat’s contact information is below:

Amare Ayalew (PhD) | Program Manager
Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) | African Union Commission
Email:  Amarea@africa-union.org

Wezi Chunga - Sambo | Programme Officer I
Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) | African Union Commission
Email:  Chungaw@africa-union.org

Winta Sintayehu | Programme Officer I
Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) | African Union Commission
E-mail: Wintas@africa-union.org

 

The November 2013 PACA Newsletter can be found here.