26 October 2015. Brussels. EuropeAid conference: Aflatoxin contamination of food and feed.
The Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) organized a Lunch conference to discuss the devastating impacts that poor crop food management (development of mycotoxins such as aflatoxin) has on the nutrition and health of women and children, and the reduced income consequences for farmers.
|Mr Denis Salord|
The Aflatoxin contamination of food and feed requires a development and research policy which translates research outcomes into practical ways which can bridge the gap between (a) research and the development of safe food and feed, and (b) different actors and (c) often parallel, initiatives.
- Evidence for a multi-stakeholder approach
- The importance of the aflatoxin problem
- When PAEPARD consortia address the issue
- Research initiatives
- Perspectives according to PAEPARD experience
Mr Remi Kahane
The effect of aflatoxin on animal health has so far been globally a lesser priority than its effect on human health. PAEPARD identified and is helping to bring stakeholders together to identify the research priorities and questions and do the research together. This has led to the formulation of research proposals around: mobile phone apps on awareness creation and moisture control; the use of binders in feed to reduce waste and give an incentive to farmers for contaminated crops which should be destroyed; biological control measures: in particular the use of
antagonistic bio control agents in addition to the bio control agent ‘aflasafe™’. Soil fertility is also an interesting entry point. The use of Trichoderma strains or extracts as bio-fertilizer or bioagents also out-competes Aspergius flavius in the soil.
|Ms Lynn Brown|
Introduction: Mr Denis Salord, Head of Unit DEVCO C7, Thematic programs intra ACP
- Mr Remi Kahane, CIRAD/AGRINATURA, Deputy Project Manager. Presentation on PAEPARD
- Ms Lynn Brown, Independent Consultant, Special Adviser to World Bank Vice President for Climate Change; Representative for Global Panel for Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition
- Southern Africa Peanut Value Chain Meeting in Malawi 28-29 September 2015
- Informing Food and Nutrition Security Policy and Practice 21-25 September 2015
- Linking Public Goods with Private Interests to Scale Up Agricultural Innovations and Impact
21 September 2015
- Revamping the groundnut value chain of West Africa through aflatoxin mitigation 1 – 2 September 2015
- Exploring Storage and Drying Solutions for Aflatoxin Prevention 14 August 2015
- Crawford Fund’s 2015 Annual Parliamentary Conference 10-12 August 2015
- Enhancing innovation in agribusiness to increase productivity and improve food security 13 – 16 July 2015.
- Peanut & Mycotoxin Innovation Lab: a blog about leading science in peanut and food security. 10 July 2015
- Stakeholder meeting on innovation platform of Ghana for aflatoxin Jun 18, 2015
- Breaking the Mold: Impacts of Mycotoxins May 23, 2015
- 1st African Symposium on Mycotoxicology – Reducing mycotoxins in African food and feed
26–28 May 2015. Livingstone, Zambia
- Stemming Aflatoxin pre- and post-harvest waste Nov 03, 2014
- AU calls for fight against aflatoxin in Africa Oct 12, 2014
- Regional laboratory launched in Kenya to fight aflatoxin Dec 09, 2014
- Joint FAO/ Embassy of Finland meeting on Aflatoxin 24/11/2014.
- The first Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) 07-09/10/2014
- Expert meeting on ‘Food Safety for Nutrition Security ’ 01-02 October 2014
- The 10th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition in Kenya. 24-26 September 2014
- 15th Annual Meeting of the Inter-Agency Donor Group (IADG) on pro-poor livestock research and development 16-18th September 2014
- Intensive training on mycotoxin analysis 2014. Sep 04, 2014
- Safe food saves life: Dealing with aflatoxin Aug 09, 2014
- PAEPARD: Climate change and mycotoxin prevalence Jun 02, 2014
- Comprehension and action required for successful aflatoxin Apr 11, 2014
- East African Community workshop on Aflatoxin Mar 15, 2014
- Malawi Programme for Aflatoxin Control (MAPAC) Nov 19, 2013
- Smartphone App Offers Cheap Aflatoxin Test Nov 09, 2013
- Aflatoxins: Finding Solutions for Improved Food Nov 06, 2013
- Biocontrol product developed by IITA reduces aflatoxin Mar 28, 2013
- Is a common food fungus worsening AIDS Aug 01, 2013
- Aflatoxin control project receives approval Jul 06, 2012.
- IITA partners launch initiatives to tackle killer aflatoxin Jun 26, 2011.
- Mycotoxin reduction – Global solutions Apr 07, 2011.
20 October 2015, Rome – FAO and Mars Incorporated, one of the largest global food manufacturers, will work together to achieve better food safety and quality along the food chains especially in developing countries.
The FAO-Mars collaboration will a.o. focus on reducing food safety risks related to mycotoxin contamination. Mycotoxins, toxic substances for humans and animals, can be produced by certain fungi and may be found in all staple crops, such as maize, wheat and sorghum. Limiting the intake of mycotoxins is a critical factor to improve public health and animal health globally.
“This agreement with FAO is very important for Mars and a further example of our mutual way of working and our commitment to open to open and multidisciplinary collaborations. Unsafe food kills thousands of people every day, and damages the economies of developing nations. We are committed to working collaboratively to address food safety in the context of food security. Put simply, we believe if it’s not safe it’s not food.” Dave Crean, Vice President, Corporate Research and Development Mars Inc.
The data and knowledge related to mycotoxin contamination developed by Mars Inc. would be of great benefit in expanding the functionalities of the FAO mycotoxin sampling tool (62 pages, Version 1.1 – updated September 2014) which has already drawn the interest of a number of member countries as well as other UN agencies. See: Mycotoxin Webinar: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 FAO Mycotoxin Sampling Tool
On 25 September 2015 Mars opened a Global Food Safety Centre in China.
- A pioneering, $15 million facility, the Mars Global Food Safety Centre aims to raise global food safety standards through pre-competitive research and training.
- With a global population expected to grow to nine billion by 2050, we have many food safety challenges to solve for ahead of us. The Global Food Safety Centre will leverage insights and expertise from over 60 Mars partnerships, dedicated to innovative, sustainable and responsible food safety practices. These partnerships include the World Food Programme (WFP), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), and the IBM/Mars Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain.
- While approximately 30 Associates will work on food safety research and training at the Mars Global Food Safety Centre, the Company said there will be a variety of sabbatical positions open to academic and regulatory researchers. The facility will house analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratories, interactive training laboratories and a conference auditorium to enhance knowledge sharing as 95% of the pre-competitive research conducted that Mars Global Food Safety Centre will be shared on the public domain.
already announced a new partnership to provide technical expertise to inform the food safety processes of WFP, and will fund the hire of a new, full-time expert within WFP based in Nairobi, dedicated to food safety.
- This new hire will lead the implementation of expanded food safety initiatives in Africa, working with local suppliers to improve procurement of food products.
- Mars will use its vast experience in this area to guide this process through workshops, auditing of suppliers and lab analyses.
- Mars is also supporting the African Union Commission based Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) to help African farmers control aflatoxins in food crops such as peanuts and maize to help reduce health impacts among women and stunting in children.