Speakers at food protection conference deliberate on enhancing food safety in Africa

AFRICA – Speakers at the inaugural African Continental Association for Food Protection (ACAFP) conference have underscored the need to build capacity, engage policymakers, and use technology to improve food safety in Africa. ACAFP which is an affiliate of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) was established in 2013 as the African Association for Food Protection (AAFP) and consists of food safety professionals, students, government workers, and professors from the continent of Africa and/or committed to educating proper food safety skills and procedures across the continent. The session, organized by…

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Food safety analytical scientists point to food safety gaps in Africa

AFRICA – Food safety analytical scientists from across Africa have pointed to significant gaps in physical and human capacity throughout the continent to ensure that the food its population eats is healthy and nutritious, in a new survey released at the AOAC International Sub-Saharan Africa Section’s annual meeting in Johannesburg. The Sub-Saharan Africa Section of the AOAC serves as an effective vehicle to drive the improvement of analytical competence and capabilities as well as improving the standards and performance of food testing labs in Africa – be it private, research,…

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Researchers underscore importance of harmonization of agricultural regulations

AFRICA – Research experts have underscored the importance of harmonization of individual country regulations as well as the close coordination of government approaches for the long-term benefit of agricultural innovation in the African region. The experts explored the policy implications for seed systems in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region where genetically modified (GM) crops are being approved by different countries in the area. Good seed quality is important to a country’s agricultural productivity and much more to a continental sub-region. The availability of these seeds, on the other hand, is…

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Neogen partners with Hendrix Genetics to boost poultry quality in Africa

AFRICA – NEOGEN Corporation, a developer of food and animal safety products has partnered with Hendrix Genetics, a leading multi-species animal breeding, genetics, and technology company to support the implementation of genomic selection into Hendrix’s Sustainable Access to Poultry Parent Stock in Africa (SAPPSA) program, aimed at ensuring the supply of high-quality parent stock to African smallholder farmers. This addition will help accelerate the company’s existing recurrent test program by genotyping the elite animals across the breeding program, ensuring the SASSO breeds they cultivate are adapted to the local needs…

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Eastern Africa Grain Council launches 2021 African Grain Trade Summit

AFRICA – The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) has launched the 9th edition of the African Grain Trade Summit, a bi-yearly conference held to shape the strategic direction for the development of grain trade and the grain sector in Africa. The 3-day summit, hosted by EAGC in partnership with the government of Kenya and grain value chain stakeholders kicked off on October 7 and is set to culminate on October 9, 2021, in Mombasa, Kenya. The summit is anticipated to physically and virtually convene over 300 participants among them the…

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Africa launches Coalition for Communicating about Genome Editing

AFRICA –  A consortium of African countries has launched a coalition for communication of innovative technologies such as gene editing for promoting productivity on the continent. The African Coalition for Communicating about Genome Editing, a platform that will foster open and transparent dialogue on genome editing on the continent, was launched at the recently concluded Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium (ABBC 2021). The launch was presided over by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Trade Hon. Betty Maina. Hon. Maina joined a host of bioscience stakeholders in welcoming the Coalition…

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Africa launches OFAB Day to commemorate strides in agricultural biotechnology

AFRICA – African countries hosting the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), a project of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), have designated September 28 as a day to celebrate strides in agricultural biotechnology recorded by various chapters of the organization. OFAB facilitates constructive conversations among key stakeholders and decision-makers on agricultural biotechnology. For both policymakers and the larger public, OFAB facilitates quality engagements and conversations on the safety and benefits of modern biotechnology. It is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and is being implemented in…

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Biotech stakeholders at ABBC2021 moot for enhanced scientific collaboration

AFRICA – Biotech stakeholders gathered at this year’s Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication (ABBC2021) symposium have called for enhanced scientific collaboration, government/political goodwill and development of public-private partnerships in the biotechnology sector. The stakeholders opined that Africa’s biotechnology sector is poised to develop faster if all involved parties cooperated in their concerted efforts to address challenges that affect the sector. The 4th of the ABBC symposium series first held in 2015, ABBC2021 runs from September 20-24 and brings together stakeholders to take stock of gains that modern biotechnology has made in…

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Experts underscore need for collaborations to improve food safety, intra-African trade

AFRICA – The 2021 Shaping a World of Trust virtual business conversation, hosted by Bureau Veritas Africa, has emphasized the need for collaboration between government, companies and customers if Africa is to meet sustainability goals, ensure food safety,  and improve intra-African trade. The Executive Food Safety Initiative (FSI) at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), Matlou Stati, highlighted that collaboration across a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders, including those representing consumers, was a key element of the functioning of the FSI. The FSI collaborates closely…

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Agape Innovations Ltd launches app to compliment ICIPE’s Push-Pull farming technology

AFRICA – Agape Innovations Ltd, a creative company solving agricultural problems using innovative agro-inputs, in collaboration with a  team of scientists from the University of Leeds, Keele University and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has developed a mobile app christened, Push-Pull app, to enable African farmers to adopt environmentally friendly ways of protecting their crops from pests, thus producing safer and higher quality products. African smallholder farmers face major challenges from weeds such as striga and insect pests such as fall armyworm. Fall armyworm is a serious…

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