Improving food security,health, and trade
Aflatoxin contamination has wide ranging impacts on health, trade and food security throughout Africa. Prevention and control of aflatoxin requires a comprehensive, systematic and integrated approach, involving a broad range of stakeholders in Africa and globally. Stakeholders have endorsed the creation of a Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) under the leadership of the African Union Commission.
Participants in the seventh Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program’s (CAADP) Partnership Platform (PP) in March 2011 urged that the AUC 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.
Participants in the PACA Workshop, 3-4 October 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya hosted by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) recommended the creation of an interim Steering Committee and broad PACA membership to guide the formation of PACA in 2012.
Aflatoxin is a highly toxic substance caused by fungi. The toxin is linked to cancer, immune-system suppression, growth retardation, liver disease, and death in both humans and domestic animals.
Already, governments, private companies, farmers’ organizations, research organizations, international institutions, donors, civil society organizations, and others are investing in and implementing key elements of solutions to better manage aflatoxin in Africa. As these areas for action are interrelated, actions need to be implemented in a holistic and integrated manner.