This page provides brief descriptions of PACA meetings and links to the relevant workshop materials. Information about regional meetings, conducted in partnership with Regional Economic Communities, is available here.
Since PACA was formally launched in November 2012, the PACA Steering Committee has provided oversight and strategic decision-making. The Steering Committee meets on a bi-annual basis. Meetings are conducted in countries affected by the aflatoxin problem. To develop the initial governance structure of PACA and prepare for the launch, the Interim Steering Committee met on several occasions in 2012. Communiqués and meeting materials from Steering Committee and interim Steering Committee meetings are available here.
The PACA Secretariat has given several awareness-raising presentations at key events, including the African Livestock Conference and Exhibition 2013 (ALiCE) on 26-28 June 2013 and the East African Farmers Federation (EAFF) Farmers Congress 2013 on 5 August 2013.
The African Union Commission hosted the 2nd PACA biennial Partnership Platform Meeting (PPM) on 11-13 October 2016, under the leadership of the PACA Steering Committee. The PPM 2016 was held at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda.
The theme of the PPM 2016 was “Tracking commitments, sustaining implementation for results and impact.” The meeting created a forum for the full array of stakeholders involved in the management of aflatoxins to share lessons and information, engage and deepen partnerships to create synergies, and align around current and future aflatoxin control efforts on the continent.
The 2nd PACA Partnership Platform Meeting (PPM) brought together approximately 270 stakeholders from across Africa and beyond, including Government Heads of States, Ministers and other senior government officials from African Union Member States, senior Regional Economic Committee representatives, farmer organizations, consumer associations, large and small business sector representatives, civil society, academia and development partners.
The PPM included a Technical Opening Session and an Official Opening Session. The Official Opening was graced by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of AUC, who both called for continued efforts towards addressing the aflatoxin menace. Speakers at the Technical Opening Session included Hon. Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General of East African Community, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, Minister of Trade Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda and Hon. Ssempijja Vincent Bamulangaki, Cabinet Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries in Uganda. Please read the press releases of the PPM 2016: Official Opening Press Release ; Technical Opening Press Release.
23-24 March 2016 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
PACA in collaboration with Amref Health Africa and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organized a Workshop on “Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa”. This workshop brought together experts, stakeholders and partners working on aflatoxins especially in the health and nutrition sectors across Africa and beyond. The meeting goal was to foster and reinforce multi-sectoral engagements for aflatoxin control against health and nutritional hazards in Africa.
Regional Workshop on Revamping the Groundnut Value Chain of West Africa through Aflatoxin Mitigation
01-02 September 2015 | Dakar, Senegal
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 among which the most critical is aflatoxin contamination. It is believed that many countries in the region would unleash their groundnut sector’s potential if they could effectively tackle the aflatoxin menace. To help 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”.
7-9 October 2014 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The first Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) Partnership Platform Meeting took place on 07-09 October 2014, at the African Union Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The PACA PPM was of particular importance as it was organized in the year 2014, which was declared by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”.
The PACA Partnership Platform Meeting brought together almost 200 delegates representing the full array of stakeholders involved in the management of aflatoxins in Africa, including: African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communitiies, government ministries and regulatory agencies, companies, farmers, entrepreneurs, health organizations, civil society groups and development partners. It was an extraordinary, productive and action directed meeting that will influence the aflatoxin control landscape in Africa for the coming period. Experts from across Africa made a compelling case for the linkages among food safety, food security and nutrition, while identifying special focus on the significant and pervasive development challenges and barriers to health posed by aflatoxins.
The meeting was an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss how to engage and deepen partnerships to create synergies and alignment around current efforts on the continent. The Platform shared success stories among RECs and countries and built momentum for replication. This First PACA PPM created a forum to:
- Embrace the PACA Strategy 2013-2022 and PACA Mid-Term Strategic Direction as a driving instrument for guiding joint actions and phased attainment of results and impact;
- Share implementation progress, challenges and receive input from stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of the broad range of PACA activities;
- Exchange information, share experiences and lessons in aflatoxin mitigation and management, including evidence from recent studies;
- Identify and deepen partnerships to create synergies and strengthen programs aligned with the PACA Strategy; and
- Engage stakeholders to support efforts in the fight against aflatoxins on the African continent.
Regional Workshop on the Aflatoxin Challenge in Eastern and Southern Africa
11-13 March 2014 | Lilongwe Malawi
The Regional workshop on The Aflatoxin Challenge in Eastern and Southern Africa brought together over 100 experts in trade, health and agriculture to develop joint action plans. The forum was organized by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Union Commission (AUC) – Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) and other partners, and sought to set regional priorities to mitigate aflatoxin and to develop a regional action plan to enhance intra-regional trade and consumer health.
PACA is currently supporting the development of a regional action plan in the region.
Regional Workshop on the Aflatoxin Challenge in West African States
18-20 November 2013 | Accra, Ghana
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in collaboration with the African Union Commission through the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD/CORAF), convened the Regional Workshop on the Aflatoxin Challenge in West African States. Workshop participants assessed the status of ECOWAS member states’ efforts to develop comprehensive solutions to control aflatoxin, and identified regional priorities to be included in an action plan for aflatoxin mitigation in West African States.
PACA Strategy Development Stakeholder Consultation Workshop
10 – 12 April 2013 | Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
This was a technical meeting of invited experts from agriculture, trade and health to exchange information and provide input into the strategic direction and activities of PACA. As clear strategic directions are put in place, PACA plans to organize a partnership Platform meeting to engage the broader PACA community. Objectives of the Strategy Development Workshop were to: Bring together continent-wide technical knowledge and expertise on aflatoxin; Understand PACA’s work to date and provide input on PACA Strategy and future direction; Prioritize specific intervention activities, based on agreed upon criteria; and Develop key results areas for action.
Formal Launch of PACA
31 October 2012 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
PACA was formally launched following commemoration of Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS). The general objective of the PACA Launch was to raise awareness and sensitize high-level decision-makers to the magnitude of the aflatoxin challenge in Africa, as well as the potential options for addressing the problem. Specifically, the event focused on the following: presentation of the continent-wide approach of the AUC to control the aflatoxin challenge in the context of CAADP; inauguration of the newly constituted members of the Steering Committee of PACA; and a panel discussion on agribusiness and agro industrial challenges in Africa in the context of aflatoxin.
PACA Workshop at AU-IBAR
3-4 October 2011| Nairobi, Kenya
An estimated 4.5 billion people in the developing world are chronically exposed to dangerous levels of aflatoxin through diet, which contributes to chronic health problems through compromised immune systems, stunting and liver disease as well as food insecurity through crop losses. Animals consuming contaminated feed have low productivity, while major agricultural commodities containing aflatoxin above permissible limits are often denied formal trade opportunities. In response to the threat of aflatoxin to consumers and economies in Africa, the seventh Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program's (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) underscored the need to address aflatoxin control and other SPS challenges in a holistic and integrated manner. The CAADP PP meeting “urged the AUC and the NEPAD Agency to oversee the establishment of a Continental SPS Working Group to mainstream SPS matters in the CAADP framework and establish an Africa-led Partnership for Aflatoxin Control”. The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) meeting brought together a broad range of stakeholders in Africa, and provided an opportunity to contribute to the development and design of a comprehensive, Africa-owned and led partnership for the holistic management of aflatoxin across the continent to improve public health, increase trade, augment smallholder income and enhance food security. Participants focused on establishing an interim framework for organizing and coordinating support for aflatoxin control programs and activities. The meeting was organized under the auspices of the AU/DREA, and held at AU-IBAR headquarters.
CAADP 7th Partnership Platform PACA Side Event
23 March 2011 | Yaoundé, Cameroon
The January 2011 African Summit of Heads of State and Government, underscored the critical role of food safety in food security in Africa and called for the setting up of a Pan African Food Safety Authority to harmonize and institutionalize food safety issues at continental level. Ensuring that SPS rules are implemented throughout the continent is essential to build consumer confidence, both in Africa and internationally. By harmonizing SPS standards, regional integration in Africa will become a reality and good agricultural practices that control animal diseases and plant pests will lead to increased production and dynamic agricultural markets with positive impacts on food security, trade and economic development at national, regional and Pan-African levels. Aflatoxin contamination is an example of SPS issues that have a catastrophic effect on food security, public health, trade and economic development. On 23 March 2011, as part of the 7th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the African Union Commission and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a side event on SPS Issues and the proposed formation of a Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA). Participants in the side event urged the AUC and the NEPAD Agency to oversee the establishment of a Continental SPS Working Group to mainstream SPS matters in the CAADP framework and establishment of an Africa‐led Partnership for Aflatoxin Control.
Meeting of a Group of Experts
2 March 2011 | Brussels, Belgium
A group of experts and 25 donor and funding organizations with an interest in aflatoxin control in Africa met at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The purpose of the meeting was to share information about an array of programs and activities needed for effective aflatoxin control and the associated funding needs for aflatoxin control in Africa.