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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Stakeholder meeting on innovation platform for aflatoxin management in Ghana

17th June, 2015. Accra,Ghana. FARA Secretariat. This meeting purposed to form a national platform for aflatoxin management and control in Ghana. This will help raise the consciousness of participants on the subject of aflatoxin contamination of crops in Ghana and brainstorm on possible mitigation strategies.

The main objectives included:
  • Discuss key issues relating to aflatoxin contamination in Ghana 
  • Develop aflatoxin mitigation strategies with potential of adoption by farmers and other stakeholders
  • Table and discuss the formation of Ghana Aflatoxin and Aflasafe Platform (GAAP) 
  • Plan aflatoxin/aflasafe awareness campaigns nationwide
  • Discuss the way forward
Keynote speakers:
  • Prof. Awuah Richard Tuyee, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST): Situational Analysis of the Aflatoxin Problem in Ghana
  • Ms. Winta Sintayenu, PACA: Perspectives and Continental Activities on Aflatoxin
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA)has elaborated a 10-year Strategy (2013-2022) to guide its actions. Currently, five pilot countries (Gambia, Malawi, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda) have been selected for three early actions areas:
  1. establish Africa Aflatoxin Information Management System (AfricaAIMS); 
  2. support country‐led aflatoxin situation analysis and action plan (C‐SAP); and 
  3. mainstream food safety and aflatoxin control through the PACA initiative in CAADP National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans. 
However, awareness on the deleterious effects of aflatoxin is fast rising and there is increasing demand by country stakeholders for action. Due to resource constraints and limitations in terms of operational scope, PACA may not be able to meet all the demand emanating from countries for imminent solutions to the aflatoxin problem. 

A group of Ghanaian agricultural sector stakeholders led by Farmers Organization Network of Ghana (FONG) approached FARA to assist in instigating collaborative action to help local farmers address the problem of aflatoxin.

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