The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) is a collaboration that aims to protect crops, livestock, and people from the effects of aflatoxins. By combating these toxins, PACA will contribute to improving food security, health, and trade across the African continent.
An Africa free from the harmful effects of aflatoxins.
To support agricultural development, safeguard consumer health and facilitate trade by catalyzing, coordinating and increasing effective aflatoxin control along agricultural value chains in Africa.
PACA's Guiding Principles:
In deciding where, when and how it should act, PACA will be guided by the following principles. Interventions should:
- Have a high potential for impact, ideally in the short to medium term, and a high likelihood of success
- Be based on sound scientific evidence and risk assessments, as appropriate
- Be cross-cutting and address the adverse effects of aflatoxins in agriculture, food security and safety, trade and health
- Focus on actions that can be uniquely accomplished by PACA
- Take advantage of PACA’s close linkages to the African Union Commission to achieve high-level political buy-in
- Be trans-boundary in nature, such that successful pilot projects can be scaled up to regional or continent-wide levels
- Integrate comprehensive approaches from policy and advocacy, capacity building, and pre- and post-harvest measures into regulations and standards Be economically and environmentally sustainable
- Proactively seek to meet the needs of, engage with and benefit the resource-poor, women and children, and youth, among other actors
To provide leadership and coordination for Africa’s aflatoxin control efforts, acting primarily as a catalyst, facilitator, partnership and knowledge broker, project developer and information clearinghouse. PACA will also advocate for the establishment of enabling policies and institutions, increased investment and the mobilization of resources, and should ultimately act as a grantmaker to support priority aflatoxin control activities.
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 is 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 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.
PACA Steering Committee Members and Alternates:
- African Union Commission (represented by Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa)
- African Society of Mycotoxicologists (represented by Dr. Bradley Flett)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (represented by Ms. Amsale Mengistu )
- East African Community (represented by Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimana and Mr David Wafula )
- East African Farmers Federation (represented by Mr. Stephen Muchiri)
- Economic Community of West African States (represented by Mr. Ernest Aubee)
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (represented by Dr. Blaise Ouattara)
- Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (represented by Ms. Bonnie McClafferty and Mr. Penjani Mkambula)
- International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (represented by Dr. Ranajit Bandyopadhyay and Dr. Victor Manyong)
- Mars, Incorporated (represented by Dr. David Crean and Robert Baker)
- CAADP Non State Actors Coalition (represented by Mr. Kop’ep Dabugat)
- US Agency for International Development (represented by Dr. Ahmed Kablan and Mr. Patterson W. Brown)
- West and Central Africa Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) (represented by Dr. Abdou Tenkouano
- PACA Secretariat (represented by Dr. Amare Ayalew)