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LOC Vice Chair: Dr. Rose Omari
LOC Chair: Prof. Paa Nii T. Johnson
Integration of food safety with food security and nutrition in Africa
Food insecurity and malnutrition continue to affect a significant proportion of the African population with under five children being the most vulnerable. Food safety, nutrition and food security, and health are inextricably linked because unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick. It is a basic human right to have access to safe and nutritious food, but poor food safety practices can result in food spoilage and post-harvest loss and waste which compromise the availability of safe and quality food that supports sustainable health. Furthermore, some food safety hazards may interfere with nutrients bioavailability and can thus negatively affecting the nutritional status of people. Though food safety has an impact on food security and nutrition, however, limited evidence is available in Africa. Moreover, there has been low collaboration between food safety and nutrition initiatives where they do not often complement each other. This sub-theme, therefore, focuses on presentations that will provide evidence of the link between food safety and nutrition and food security; and how food safety and nutrition initiatives including education curriculum and programmes can be made more integrative. Submissions should also address best practices such as joint food safety and nutrition programmes that have addressed these interrelationships as well as integrated food safety and nutrition education and communication modules that have been successfully implemented.