PACA has developed a ten-year Strategy 2013-2022, based on stakeholder input provided during the PACA Strategy Development Stakeholder Consultation Workshop held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in April 2013. In the Strategy, stakeholders have identified five complementary thematic areas as the focus of work for PACA:
Theme 1| Research: Generating and promoting research and technology for the prevention and control of aflatoxins
Theme 2| Policies and Regulations: Developing policies, legislation, and standards for the management of aflatoxins
Theme 4| Building Capacity: Enhancing capacity for effective aflatoxin prevention and control
Theme 5| Public Awareness: Increasing public awareness, advocacy, and communication
Within these strategic thematic areas, key results areas have been identified where interventions will be undertaken by the PACA Secretariat, strategic partners, and stakeholders across Africa.
PACA Secretariat Mid-Term Strategic Direction:
Building on the 10-year strategy, the PACA Secretariat's mission is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of governments to tackle the aflatoxin challenge in Africa. The Secretariat will support governments and work jointly with other key stakeholders to improve governments’ effectiveness through three primary roles.
In the Convening role, the Secretariat will leverage the AUC’s convening authority to work with RECs to organize continental, inter-regional, regional, and country convenings that engage all relevant aflatoxin control stakeholders. The purposes of these convenings will be to share lessons learned and best practices, resolve specific challenges and bottlenecks, launch the county pilot program, align stakeholders on the identified plan, and mobilize resources to implement the plan.
In the Knowledge Manager role, the Secretariat will leverage its position within the PACA Community, and with the technical expertise of its staff, to aggregate evidence, gather knowledge, and disseminate information to support country plan preparation and execution, as well as capture knowledge and information about best practices, developments, and research to support broader continental efforts. This role will better equip all stakeholders to implement “government-led and stakeholder-driven” country plans.
In the Financial Resources Provider role, the Secretariat will provide catalytic resources to support the development, implementation, and progress monitoring of country plans to mitigate the harmful effects of aflatoxin. Specifically, the Secretariat will purchase testing equipment to support country plans and hire consultants to develop country plans, mobilize resources and build government capacity to execute the plans, and conduct progress assessments. This role will be executed in strong partnership with the RECs, who will oversee government capacity building.
Finally, in a temporary Technical Assistance role, the Secretariat will leverage the technical expertise of its staff to conduct government capacity building in the next three years. However, it is not fully scalable or sustainable in the long-term for the small Secretariat staff to conduct technical assistance for all members states across the continent. Therefore, after three years the Secretariat should transition this role to consultants (e.g. research institute technical experts) to provide technical capacity building, in the long-term.
The Secretariat will focus on supporting governments and work jointly with other key stakeholders to improve governments’ effectiveness through three categories of activities:
At the continental level, the Secretariat will support three types of activities:
- Continental and Inter-Regional Convenings: Support continental PACA Community convenings and inter-regional convenings to promote alignment and collaboration across countries, share new developments and best practices, and resolve specific challenges/bottlenecks across countries and regions.
- Mainstreaming: Engage stakeholders to mainstream aflatoxin into continental frameworks (e.g., CAADP, CODEX) to ensure aflatoxin issues are integrated and addressed within these platforms and that there are consistency and congruency between frameworks and harmonization across regions.
- Knowledge Management: Serve as a continental knowledge hub by identifying, documenting, and disseminating best practices and effective technologies; and serving as a technical knowledge hub for aflatoxin related information.
At the regional level, the Secretariat will work closely with RECs to support four types of activities:
- Regional Convenings: Support RECs to organize regional convenings to promote alignment and collaboration across countries, share new developments, and best practices, and resolve specific challenges and bottlenecks across regions.
- Mainstreaming: Support mainstreaming of aflatoxin in regional frameworks to ensure aflatoxin issues are integrated and addressed within these platforms and that there is consistency and congruency between frameworks and harmonization across countries.
- Country Planning: Work with RECs to support country plan preparation and execution.
At the country level, the Secretariat will work closely with RECs and local country stakeholders through a country steering committee to support the preparation, execution, and oversight of country government-led, and stakeholder aligned country plans. The Secretariat’s country activities will build on the country planning work already underway.