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Aflatoxin Partnership Newsletter
VOLUME IV ISSUE 1 - MARCH/APRIL 2016
6 May 2016


Dear PACA Community Members:

We are pleased to present this issue of your newsletter with important updates and information.

The first quarter of 2016 has seen some important events and milestones in PACA implementation. Country level activities which are the main focus of PACA progressed well. As promised the Country-led Situation Analysis and Action Planning (CSAAP) reports which offer valuable home grown, locally relevant evidence are completed for some of our pilot countries, notably Tanzania and the Gambia. Having mainstreamed the national aflatoxin control plan into its national agricultural strategy, Tanzania is poised to convene government, private sector, development partners and other stakeholders for a business meeting to agree on a roadmap for implementation of the national plan and consider investments. This is a crucial stage in the country planning approach that Tanzania has been pursuing for over a year. We have witnessed that fragmented approaches didn't help countries solve the aflatoxin problem in its entire complexity. We call upon aflatoxin control stakeholders to join hands for a coordinated, government led and stakeholder driven implementation of the well-conceived national aflatoxin control plan of Tanzania and other countries. The comprehensive national plans offer a lot for PACA community members to take up, with due recognition of our diverse organizational strategies and focus.

I would also like to bring to your attention the international workshop on "Engaging the Health and Nutrition Sectors in Aflatoxin Control in Africa" held at the African Union on 23-24 March 2016. This workshop was successful in all measures but if I have to mention just one thing, that will be the clarity it brought to effectively addressing the health and nutrition aspects of the aflatoxin problem.

Related to this, the PACA-Global Panel joint roundtable meeting held in Accra on 12 April 2016 also was successful in putting the aflatoxin problem squarely in nutrition priorities of Africa. The Accra meeting which was graced by the presence of high level policy and decision makers and influential personalities including Former President John Kufuor of Ghana and Honorable Minister Monty Jones of Sierra Leone and other high level officials from PACA pilot countries and partners was also a great advocacy platform. The food safety work of Mars, Incorporated who convened the first scientific conference in the new state-of-the-art Global Food Safety Center is exemplary. We also appreciate the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) for stepping up efforts at coordinating European and African researchers and stakeholders toward a serious engagement for mitigating the scourge of aflatoxins. Please read these and other interesting articles in this issue.

Once again I would like to ask PACA Community Members to share with PACA Secretariat updates about your projects and programs for further sharing with the Community through the PACA website. We are interested in knowing about your work to help create synergies and maximize the use of limited resources. We can't afford to duplicate each other's efforts.

Thank you for your support to aflatoxin control in Africa.

Amare Ayalew (PhD)
Program Manager, PACA/AUC

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