ACAFP 2023

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    Background

    Food safety is becoming more important in national, regional and international trade. Food safety is a responsibility for all, and it has a great impact on social wellbeing of the people and economic development of Africa. Promoting food safety in food systems impacts greatly on the protection of consumers against unsafe foods. In Africa, food shortages and affordability are two common factors leading many to sleep hungry and consuming unsafe food. Compromising food safety has led to increase in the burden of food borne diseases in Africa.

     

    The recognition of the importance of food safety in Africa has led to the development of the Food Safety Strategy of Africa (FSSA) 2022-2036 that provide a harmonized framework to implement activities that mitigate various food safety threats that negatively impact consumers’ health. This strategy is in line with the vision of the WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety 2022-2030 of ensuring that all people, everywhere, consume safe and healthy food so as to reduce the burden of foodborne diseases.  The FSSA strategy supports the access to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which emphasises compliance with food safety requirements for intra and inter-regional trade. To gain access to regional and international markets African products must comply with the food safety regulations and standards. Hence, it is vital to promote food safety in Africa with emphasis on the right to safe and nutritious food.

     

    The African Continental Association for Food Protection (ACAFP), an affiliate of International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), is geared towards advancing food safety on Africa continent. Our goal is to connect food safety professionals, policy makers, food value chain actors and students on the continent of Africa and around the world. The association represents members from industry, government, international organizations, research and academia from several countries in Africa, USA, Canada, Britain and other parts of the world with keen interest to promoting food safety and protect food supply in Africa.  The ACAFP provides a platform for various categories of stakeholders such as farmers, students, food industry executives, microbiologists, educators, government officials, quality control professionals involved in growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods.  The ACAFP also provides to its members and the general African population with food safety education, career opportunities and other food safety related resources.

     

    In this context, the ACAFP aligns with the sustainable and safe food production and supply initiatives on the African Continent. Accordingly, ACAFP is working with representatives of the African Union (AU), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Association for Food protection (IAFP) and other partners to organise the second Africa Food Safety Conference to be hosted in Accra, Ghana on November 6-9, 2023.

    Conference Objective

    The main objective of the conference is to provide a forum for presentations and discussions of food safety issues pertinent to Africa from the perspective of academia, research, industry, regional policy makers, consumers and development partners.

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