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Regional Workshop on “Revamping Groundnut Value Chains of West Africa through Aflatoxin Mitigation”
Theme: Call for Action to enrich livelihoods and economies Dakar, Senegal
1 September 2015 - 2 September 2015



On 1-2 September 2015, PACA, in collaboration with various stakeholders, organized a Regional Workshop on "Revamping the Groundnut Value Chain of West Africa through Aflatoxin Mitigation" in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme "Call for Action to enrich livelihoods and economies." The workshop brought together over 100 participants, mainly experts and policy makers from the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), small and medium- enterprises and corporate food industries, research organizations and academia, development partners, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), government ministries from trade, agriculture and health, farmers organizations, the private sector, civil society and the African Union Commission.

The workshop brought together a total of 101 participants, mainly experts and policy makers from the member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), small and medium- enterprises and corporate food industries, research organizations and academia, development partners, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), government ministries from trade, agriculture and health, farmers organizations, the private sector, civil society and the African Union Commission.

The objectives of the workshop were to:
1) share perspectives on the state of the aflatoxin challenge in groundnut value chains in West Africa and opportunities for intervention;
2) discuss the current policy landscape of West African states in relation to aflatoxin control, food safety as well as trade and identify actions to address gaps;
3) discuss current technological practices for aflatoxin prevention and control and explore new options;
4) review and validate the ECOWAS aflatoxin control action plan as a step towards facilitating adoption in the region; and
5) identify new, and strengthen existing partnership opportunities among national, regional and international stakeholders in aflatoxin management and agree on strategies for mobilizing required investments to support priority activities.
The workshop program is available on the PACA website.

Workshop participants discussed the ECOWAS Aflatoxin Control Action Plan (ECOACAP). They endorsed the plan as an excellent framework for action and made a number of suggestions to further strengthen and incorporate the plan into regional and national agricultural investment plans in West Africa. ECOWAS will incorporate feedback into the ECOACAP.

  1. http://aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/Groundnut%20Workshop%20Program%202015.pdf
  2. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/Revamping%20groundnut%20VC%20in%20West%20Africa_CN_Final.pdf
  3. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/ECOWAS%20Scoping%20Study%20Report.pdf
  4. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/ECOWAS%20Scoping%20Study%20Report%20FR.pdf
  5. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/2.1%20-%20GN%20sector%20in%20West%20Africa%20past-present-future.pdf
  6. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/2.2%20-%20The%20aflatoxin%20challenge%20to%20the%20GN%20sector%20in%20West%20Africa.pdf
  7. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/2.3%20-%20Economic%20impact%20of%20aflatoxin%20in%20West%20Africa.pdf
  8. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/5%20-%20ECOWAS%20Aflatoxin%20Control%20Action%20Plan.pdf
  9. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/6.1%20-%20Aflatoxin%20Control%20Technologies.pdf
  10. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/6.2%20-%20Policy%20and%20Regulations%20for%20Aflatoxin%20Control%20in%20ECOWAS.pdf
  11. http://www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/uploads/PACA%20Presentation%20ASM%20May%202015.pdf

View the outputs of the project here: http://fanrpan.org/projects/postharvest/groundnut/outputs/

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you the proceedings of the workshop for your information. Additional information such as program and presentations of the workshop will be found on our website at: www.aflatoxinpartnership.org/?q=node/363. Please find attached both English and French Versions of the document.


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