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Food Safety Index introduced and trained at the Continental Training on the CAADP Biennial Review Reporting Tools March 18-22, 2019, Accra ,Ghana

Food Safety Index introduced and trained at the Continental Training on the CAADP Biennial Review Reporting Tools March 18-22, 2019, Accra ,Ghana

Under the process of implementing the Malabo Declaration agricultural transformation in Africa, the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are conducting the Biennial Review (BR)mechanism for regular country progress reporting to the AU Assembly.The inaugural biennial review report and its Africa Agriculture Transformation Scorecard have been presented and approved by the Heads of State summit in January 2018.AUC, NPCA and RECs are now leading the development of the 2nd BR Report. The BR mechanism aims at strengthening mutual accountability, peer review and peer learning that will motivate increased performances of each member state to deliver on targets set for the Malabo Declaration, through a well-designed, transparent and performance-based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Biennial Sector Reporting to the AU Assembly, that should in turn, trigger evidence based planning and implementation at all appropriate levels (national,regional and continental) for the expected agricultural growth and transformation in Africa.During, the recent BR Peer to Peer Learning and Experience Sharing Conference,held in Nairobi in November 2018, Member States reviewed the indicators with the support of the Technical Working Groups and requested AUC to provide the regional trainings early enough in 2019to allow sufficient time for data collection, quality reporting and validation. The common agreement was to conduct the regional trainings at one venue taking into consideration the languages issues.In this context TWGs reviewed the indicators and methodologies and came up with a final set of 47indicatorscategorized in 23 performance categories under the 7 performance areas (themes)for reporting on the Malabo Declaration. The related reporting tools were finalized are ready to be disseminated to member states through the Regional Trainings.This training will follow a training of trainers conducted in December 2018. AUC is able with the trained experts to conduct the regional trainings and deploy the experts in the countries to provide back up support for data collection and reporting

Objective of the meeting:

For the 5days training, AUC, NPCA and RECs will bring together focal persons from Member States involved in CAADP Mutual Accountability activities including the

i) CAADP focal point,

ii) M/E expert from the Ministry of Agriculture,

iii) Representative from the institute of the National Institute of Statistics,to be:

Trained on the new CAADP Biennial Review Technical Guidelines;

Trained on the new Data Entry Tool of the e-BR which used to be Country performance Reporting Template;

Informed of the Coordination Mechanism and Continental Roadmap for submitting the Inaugural Biennial Report to the AU Assembly

Expected Outputs

The expected outputs of the training will be the following:

Participants familiarized with the content of the Technical Guidelines;Participants familiarized with the content ofData Entry Tool of the eBR;

Partcipants sensitized with the Coordination Mechanism and Continental Roadmap for submitting the Inaugural Biennial Report to the AU Assembly;Participants developed roadmaps for country roadmaps.

Expected Participants:

The expected participants will come from all 55Member States will include 3 representatives from the countries including the CAADP focal point, the M&E officer from Agriculture Ministry and the representative from the National Institute of Statistics. The meeting will also will have representatives from RECs, AUC, NPCA, Experts/Trainers, NSA and other technical partners. We expect about 200 participants to be covered by AUC.

Participants photo: The First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference

The First FAO/WHO/AU International Food Safety Conference

About the Conference

Unsafe food causes an estimated 600 million people to suffer from foodborne diseases each year, at a cost of at least US$100 billion in low- and middle-income countries, over half of which is recorded in just 28 nations. But efforts to strengthen food safety systems globally are fragmented, despite food safety playing a fundamental role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The First International Food Safety Conference, hosted jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union (AU), will bring together government leaders, senior policy makers, and representatives from international organizations, civil society and the private sector, to identify key actions and strategies to address current and future challenges to food safety globally; and to strengthen commitment at the highest political level to scale up food safety in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Some of the key issues to be addressed include the benefits of investing in safe food; safe and sustainable food systems in the context of a changing climate; science, innovation and digital transformations for food safety; and empowering consumers to make healthy choices and support sustainable food systems.

Who is participating?
Conference speakers are scheduled to include the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (incoming African Union chairman), President of Rwanda Paul Kagame (outgoing African Union chairman), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Heads of state and government, ministers from health, agriculture, trade, environment and other sectors, plus leaders of international organizations, research and academia, civil society and the private sector, are expected to attend.

Outcomes:
The event is expected to adopt a high-level political statement advocating for increased and better coordinated collaboration, technical support and investment to improve food safety globally.

Media opportunities:

Accredited journalists can attend all Conference sessions and access the onsite press centre.

A press conference will be held on 12 February following the opening session. High-level national and international officials will be taking part.

In addition, interviews can be arranged with officials and experts attending the conference.

Registration:

Media must be accredited to attend the Conference. The deadline for accreditation is 7 February 2019.

Steps for registration:

1. Click here https://reg.unog.ch/event/28117/ to open registration form (use Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge).
2. Create an INDICO account (if you already have one, you can skip this step).
3. Complete the conference registration form by clicking on Register now.

Please note: you must upload a personal photograph, your passport number and passport expiry date.

For any queries, contact Paul Garwood garwoodp@who.iont

Follow: #FoodSafety, @FAOnews, @FAO, @WHO @_AfricanUnion

More information:

- Conference website: https://www.who.int/food-safety/international-food-safety-conference/
- WHO food safety fact sheet: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/food-safety
- FAO food safety and quality: http://www.fao.org/food-safety/en/

Contacts:
- African Union: Gamal Eldin Ahmed A. Karrar, GamalK@africa-union.org
- FAO: Zoie Jones Zoie.Jones@FAO.org +39 06570 56309 (Rome); Tezeta Hailemeskel Tezeta.Hailemeskel@fao.org (Addis Ababa)
- WHO: Paul Garwood, garwoodp@who.int, +41 796037294; Gregory Hartl, hartlg@who.int, +41 79 203 6715

Regional workshop on “Revamping the groundnut value chain of West Africa through aflatoxin mitigation”, 01-02 September 2015

In most West African countries, groundnut is an important crop used in various forms. It is a basic food and cash crop. Its production, processing, and trade are major sources of employment, income and foreign exchange in many West African countries. Unfortunately, since the 1960s, groundnut production and trade have been declining due to various factors; aflatoxin contamination being an important cause of this decline. Many countries in the region would unleash their groundnut sector’s potential if they could effectively tackle the aflatoxin menace. In an attempt to address the problem faced by West African states and bringing potential solutions, PACA organized a workshop on “Revamping the groundnut value chain of West Africa through aflatoxin mitigation”.

The objectives of the workshop were to:

  1. Share perspectives on the state of the aflatoxin challenge in groundnut value chains in West Africa and opportunities for intervention
  2. Discuss the current policy landscape of West African States in relation to aflatoxin control, food safety as well as trade and identify actions to address gaps
  3. Discuss current technological practices for aflatoxin prevention and control and explore new options
  4. Review and validate the ECOWAS Aflatoxin Control Action Plan as a step towards facilitating adoption in the region  
  5. Identify new, and strengthen existing partnership opportunities among national, regional and international stakeholders in aflatoxin management and agree on strategies for mobilizing required investments to support priority activities.

The workshop was held in Dakar, Senegal from 01-02 September 2015. The workshop was jointly organized by PACA Secretariat, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Pan African Agribusiness and Agro-Industry Consortium, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF), the Government of Senegal and other partners.

The workshop summary is available (EnglishFrench). The following workshop materials are also available:

Watch PAEPARD interviews with participants: Dr. Janet Edeme, Head Rural Economy Divison, African Union Commission, and Papa Ousseynou SANE, C.E.O Snambel Production et Distribution.

Malawi Farmers Association Working with Farmers to Control Aflatoxin

The National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM), in collaboration with the private sector and other stakeholders, has been taking the lead in promoting interventions for aflatoxin mitigation in Malawi. Understanding that aflatoxin mitigation starts at the farm level, NASFAM promotes best agricultural practices at pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest levels. NASFAM is also engaged in creating aflatoxin awareness and training to smallholder farmers as well as development of traceability systems, quality management, storage and processing. Although peanut production in Malawi has been growing over the last few years, post-harvest technologies such as shelling and storage are not readily available. Smallholder farmers are forced to shell the nuts by hand. In order to make the shelling by hand easier, famers soak the unshelled nuts in water which increases moisture level in the nuts resulting in possible aflatoxin contamination. In light of this, NASFAM has taken the initiative to provide mechanical shelling technologies to farmers. This initiave is still in progress and adoption levels are minimal. In addition, NASFAM’s new traceability and quality management system ensures that each bag containing groundnuts and accepted at a buying point undergoes quality checks and has a traceability tag thatlinks it back to the farmer. NASFAM is also providing services and training to smallholder farmers on drying systems, moisture detection as well as sampling and testing at different levels. NASFAM continues to work with farmers to mitigate the aflatoxin risk and its impact on the livelihoods of the Malawian population.

The effects of aflatoxins on animals

Aflatoxins, highly toxic compounds produced by species of Aspergillus Flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, are known carcinogens that are also associated with immunosuppression, stunting, and retardation in humans. These toxic compounds not only affect humans through consumption of contaminated food but also affect livestock. Dr. Oladele Dotun, a Veterinarian at the Animal Care Laboratory in Nigeria, presented his laboratory’s findings on the effects of aflatoxins on animals during the ECOWAS workshop in Accra, Ghana. According to Dr. Oladele, research has shown that aflatoxins cause infertility, abortions, and delayed onset of egg production in birds as well as sudden losses in egg production in actively laying birds. Furthermore, loss of appetite, skin discoloration or even yellowish pigmentation on skin can be observed in fish. Dr. Oladele emphasized the negative impact and massive losses encountered by farmers due to mortalities, egg production losses, delayed weight gain in birds and fish. In order to reduce the impact of aflatoxins on humans and animals, Dr. Oladele recommends that producers should ensure minimal contamination with toxigenic strains at pre- and post-harvest levels by applying a biocontrol product: Aflasafe®. Aflasafe® reduces aflatoxins significantly. Dr. Oladele also recommends training of farmers on proper drying methods as well as good farming practices.