AUC-PACA and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) conducted a Roundtable Side Event on Engaging the Private Sector for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, during the PACA PPM 2016 on 11 October 2016 in Entebbe, Uganda.
The meeting served to articulate a private sector engagement strategy and evaluation criteria for effective private sector-led aflatoxin mitigation. The Roundtable gathered over 35 participants, amongst which were CEOs and programme managers from groundnut, grain, chili, coffee producers, millers, traders and processors, input and equipment suppliers, technical and financial service providers, and development partners from across African and beyond.
Participants in the side event highlighted seven catalytic interventions featuring success stories from the private sector and the enabling environment, which demonstrated how the private sector has been dealing with the aflatoxin challenge. Participants identified the following priority actions, which were conveyed to the plenary session of the PACA Partnership Platform Meeting on 13 October 2016 as key elements of a private sector engagement strategy:
- Mobilize matching grant schemes for increasing access to technologies and services to support innovation;
- Build alliances with consumer groups to create awareness and demand for safe quality foods without creating panic;
- Build alliances with farmer groups/associations/cooperatives for scaling-up the adoption of good agricultural practices and collective sourcing, as incentives for premium prices;
- Lobby government for incentives to support innovation in the food and feed value chains and updating and improving implementation of aflatoxin regulation governing the informal and commercial sectors.
CTA and PACA will continue to partner in the continued effort to control aflatoxin contamination in Africa, particularly to accelerate concrete collaboration with the private sector for improved agricultural production, agri-business and trade and health and nutrition.
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 (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.
This report reveals that substantial knowledge is available about the aflatoxin challenge that plagues African farmers, other agri-entrepreneurs, and governments. Commissioned by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in collaboration with
the African Union Commission - Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), this literature review reveals that a wide range of commodities that are traded nationally, regionally and internationally are contaminated by aflatoxins. African citizens and economies are
negatively impacted as a result.
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Regional Workshop on Combating Aflatoxins in the Maize Value Chains of Africa, 4-5 December 2017, Dar es Salam, Tanzania
PACA together with key Stakeholders and appropriate Regional Economic Communities in organizing a maize value chain workshop in Dar es Salaam-Tanzania in 2017 in order to address the pertinent impacts of aflatoxins in the maize value chain. The workshop aims to galvanize multi-sectoral response towards the aflatoxin challenge in the maize value chain in Africa in order to address its health, food security and trade challenges
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The African Union Commission through the Partneship for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), the ECOWAS Commission and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are organizing a regional aflatoxin sampling and testing protocol training for ECOWAS Member States from 12-13 December 2017 in Dakar, Sénégal. The training workshop will address challenges faced by member states such as high rejection of certificates, increasing reliability of laboratories, lack of harmonized protocols as well as limited standards that exist for aflatoxins in staple commodities.
Additionaly, we are pleased to share with you video links related to sampling agricultural commodities for mycotoxins by Drs. Tom Whitaker and Andrew Slate. Please watch the videos for your reference and as support documentation for the upcoming training. We hope you enjoy the videos.
General discussion by PMIL
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