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LOC Vice Chair: Dr. Rose Omari
LOC Chair: Prof. Paa Nii T. Johnson
Implementing ”One Health” approach for food safety in Africa
Access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health. The daily activity of producing, preparing, and consuming food directly links our health with the health of the planet in both direct and indirect ways. The “One Health” approach has been defined as “the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment”. This approach if implemented for food safety, may hold the promise of harnessing and integrating the expertise and resources from across the spectrum of multiple health domains including the human and veterinary medical, and plant pathology communities. One of the major issues in food safety over the last decade has been the lack of cross-sectoral collaboration along the food production chain. Major food safety events have been significantly affected by the lack of collaboration between the animal health, the food control, and the human health sectors. This sub-theme therefore focuses on presentations that will cover food safety issues within the quadripartite One Health Approach namely animal, environment, plant and human, and how these are being affected by climate change.