Early maturing maize cultivars to aid Africa in achieving food security

AFRICA – Researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria  have discovered maize cultivars that offer a promising strategy to attain food security and safety of maize in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). According to IITA, nearly 30% of the calories consumed by more than 300 million people in SSA come from maize, and this…

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Connoisseurs estimate prevalence of foodborne disease load in African countries

AFRICA – Eleven experts from Ethiopia, 12 in Burkina Faso and nine in Rwanda have participated in a study assessing the role of certain food types in causing illness from different pathogens in the three African countries. Findings, published in the journal Neglected Tropical Diseases, will help support three projects aiming to improve food safety in these African countries. As…

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Lack of oversight impedes food fraud regulation in Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – A study titled, “Food fraud amid COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: A challenge of the present”, has intimated that lack of oversight and a wide range of informal markets have made it challenging to regulate food fraud in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The study led by Dr Helen Onyeaka, Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, states that the disruption caused…

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SADCAS inaugural CEO Maureen Mutasa retires

AFRICA – Mrs. Maureen Mutasa has recently stepped down from her position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS), culminating her 14 years of service. Present in 14 countries throughout Southern Africa, SADCAS guarantees the technical proficiency of service providers supplying calibration, testing, medical laboratory, and inspection and certification services. Through this function,…

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AOAC Africa Section bags “Global Section of the Year” award

AFRICA – AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa has been named “Global Section of the Year”, standing out among  AOAC INTERNATIONAL’S 19 regional sections around the world. The AOAC INTERNATIONAL Section of the Year Award recognizes the role AOAC Sections play in advancing analytical excellence in the areas of food safety, food integrity, and public health. Building trust in analytical results, the AOAC…

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Scientists discover gene resistant to cassava mosaic disease

AFRICA – Scientists have discovered a gene resistant to the cassava mosaic disease, giving prospect to the development of disease-resistant cassava varieties hence boosting food security. In Sub-Saharan Africa, cassava is susceptible to a broad range of diseases of which cassava mosaic disease (CMD) is the most severe and widespread. CMD is caused by a group of viruses called geminiviruses.…

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Dr Blaise Ouattara of FAO to speak at Africa Food Safety Summit

AFRICA – Dr Blaise Ouattara, the Regional Food safety and Quality Officer for Africa at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will be speaking at the Africa Food Safety Summit. Blaise started his career in 1989 as a Lecturer at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and subsequently served as Invited Associate Professor at the University…

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AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa’s President to speak at Africa Food Safety Summit

AFRICA – The Africa Food Safety Summit is pleased to host Owen Fraser, the President of AOAC INTERNATIONAL Sub-Saharan Africa Section, as one of the speakers at the July 20-22 Summit. Owen has spent most of his career at world’s largest food & beverage company, Nestlé, working in different roles. He previously served as a Senior Specialist at Nestlé Institute…

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AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa to exhibit at 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit

AFRICA – AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa Section is from July 20-22 set to grace the Africa Food Safety Summit with their presence. AOAC Sub-Saharan Africa is a sub-organization of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL. It is a non-profit organization based purely on the active volunteer work of scientists and like-minded stakeholders. The Sub-Saharan Africa Section of the AOAC serves as an effective vehicle…

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Nesvax to exhibit at Africa Food Safety Summit 2022

AFRICA – The Africa Food Safety Summit 2022 is beyond thrilled to be hosting Nesvax Innovation Limited, an analytical laboratory equipment distribution company in East and Central Africa. Established in 2007, Nesvax provides integrated laboratory solutions to research, teaching, contract, exploratory and quality control and assurance laboratories. It identifies customer needs and liaises with the partners to provide an integrated…

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