Regional and international experts in agriculture, health, research and trade have drawn up a plan of action for the control of aflatoxins in Africa, following a strategy development workshop organized by the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa held on 10-12 April 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
“Control of aflatoxins is needed to achieve greater agricultural development, food security and improve health, particularly in Africa where contamination is widespread and often acute,” said Yemi Akinbamijo, head of the Agriculture and Food Security Division of the African Union Commission.
The workshop participants identified five priority strategic thematic areas for action:
- Research and technology for control of aflatoxins
- Legislation, policies and standards in the management of aflatoxin in Africa
- Growing commerce and trade while protecting lives from aflatoxins
- Enhancing capacity building on aflatoxin management, control and regulatory processes to ensure reduced exposure
- Public awareness, advocacy and communication
Aflatoxins are highly toxic…
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