The African Union, including its technical offices, such as AU-IBAR will on 7th June 2022 join the rest of the world in commemorating World Food Safety Day.
The African Union Commission will organize virtual events from 6 to 7 June 2022. The objectives of the events are:
1. Raise awareness and mobilize collective action to improve food safety in Africa.
2. Share experiences and solutions for addressing Africa’s food safety challenges
3. Identify key actions and strategies to address current and future challenges to food safety in Africa.
The two-day programme will take the form of key note addresses and panel discussions on (i): Innovative approaches to raising food safety standards and enhancing regulation in the informal food sector in Africa; (ii) Enhancing Public Private Partnerships to advance food safety in Africa. The key note addresses will be on “Enhancing food safety in informal food markets through Public-Private Partnerships” by Dr. Cris Muyunda; and “Food safety: a critical pillar to Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security in Africa” that will be delivered on the 6th and 7th June, 2022.
World Food Safety Day aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development. In Africa alone 137,000 people die every year due to consumption of unsafe food. It has been estimated that the public health burden of foodborne diseases is comparable to malaria and HIV-AIDS.
Full Concept Note and Event Programme on World Food Safety Day
Register for the online event: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_g99FVHHlRX2C-b2AlJ4i2g
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