Food Safety: Senegal and Nigeria

The AFSI project on Strengthening Food Safety Systems in Africa is focusing its efforts on industries in Senegal and Nigeria. The project activities will provide technical assistance to support industry to meet these food safety measures, the promotion of regulatory harmonization, and the development of academic resources to meet current and future needs for technicalContinue reading “Food Safety: Senegal and Nigeria”

Plant Health – Online Training

This March 2022, members of national plant protection organizations across East and West Africa will be learning about plant pest identification systems. Over 100 people in the regions are part of this cohort of online learners. The online training is provided for free at http://www.SPSCourses.com by the Food Safety Network, a part of the USDAContinue reading “Plant Health – Online Training”

Improving SPS Systems in Africa for Food Security and Trade

Africa faces considerable challenges related to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) systems, including lack of coordination and harmonization between countries and regions, weak regulatory systems, and limited capacities to invest in SPS systems and implement actions to improve food safety and plant and animal health. These challenges impact health and wellbeing, with Africans suffering from highContinue reading “Improving SPS Systems in Africa for Food Security and Trade”

East Africa SOPs for Border Inspection

In June 2021, the EAC approved a shared Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for inspecting maize, beans and rice for pests of phytosanitary importance. The Inspection SOP document highlights the importance of these efforts: “The East African Community (EAC) is an economic block that creates demand for trade in a wide range of commodities among theContinue reading “East Africa SOPs for Border Inspection”

Food Safety in Africa (2021-2023)

Project on Strengthening Food Safety Systems in West Africa  This project aims to strengthen food safety systems by growing food safety capacity and harmonization of measures across countries and regions. The project will engage the Africa Union, the RECs, member states and agribusiness to improve understanding of and application of science-based sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)Continue reading “Food Safety in Africa (2021-2023)”

Animal Health Capacity Program: Africa (2021-2023)

 The African Union’s Animal Health Strategy for Africa (AHSA) and SPS Policy Framework provides mechanisms to build sustainable animal health systems aligned with international standards to facilitate safe trade in animal products. As the strategy continues to be implemented, the University of Missouri, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and UMAP-Ghana are lending support to African Union, theContinue reading “Animal Health Capacity Program: Africa (2021-2023)”

Risk Communication Trainings

Missouri School of Journalism helping communities in Africa talk about pesticides, avoid fake news. From Journalism.Missouri.edu By Austin Fitzgerald Columbia, Mo. (Aug. 30, 2021) — Researchers at the Missouri School of Journalism are helping people in Africa improve communication about pesticides in their countries, the latest effort from the School to improve how science is communicatedContinue reading “Risk Communication Trainings”

Plant Health Phytosanitary Program: West Africa (2019-2022)

AFSI is providing technical assistance to the West Africa region to increase governmental capacity to meet international phytosanitary standards. The project provides technical training to the National Plant Protection Officers (or their delegates), supports international collaboration among member countries. AFSI works to enhance the ability for West Africa to work collectively as a region to harmonize standards and procedures to better facilitate trade. These efforts will help West African countries protect human, plant and animal health, and achieve their objectives under the African Continental Free Trade Area and contributions to the African Union’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Policy Framework for Africa.

Plant Health Phytosanitary Program: East Africa (2019-2022)

AFSI works to stimulate and support the capacity of EAC countries to adopt and implement international phytosanitary standards and improve trade and food security in the region. The activities supported by AFSI enhance the ability for EAC countries to work collectively as a region to harmonize standards, including procedures to better facilitate trade and prevent unnecessary delays and rejections at regional border crossings.