POVERTY, LIVER CANCER  AND AFLATOXINS IN AFRICA

 

As at November, 2019 the NCRI cancer conference reported a triple- fold increase in deaths arising from liver cancer in England than ever before. The survey covered a 20-year period between 1997 and 2016 confirmed that this was common among the most deprived of the society. As a matter of fact, there has been a 80% rise in liver cancer deaths in the UK In April, 2019. The American Cancer Society noted that liver cancer is the fastest growing cause of cancer deaths in the USA and the targets are the adult men with less education. The data for Africa are not yet ready!!. Although obesity and excessive alcohol intake were the candidate risk factors, little attention has been placed on the consumption of unwholesome food items particularly laden with aflatoxins. Most of the vulnerable were the uneducated and economically challenged, who are forced by circumstance, not choice, to take any food item, whatever may be the hygienic state.

The Liver Foundation, an American NGO has set aside October as Liver cancer awareness month in recognition of the scare and threat of the deadly morbidity. It is recalled that Oct 17 is marked every year to bring attention to the need to eradicate all forms of extreme poverty, including malnutrition. The Africa Union recognizes the consumption of aflatoxin- dense food as a form of malnutrition, which in itself, is an emblem of poverty. Since it is established that, across the world, liver cancer deaths are traceable to, hepatitis B and C as well as alcohol and aflatoxin consumption, poverty and lack of education are being scandalously left out and have to be addressed. Most post -harvest food items, like maize, ground nut, guinea corn, millet, soybean and rice in Africa are targets of moulds which produce aflatoxins that cannot be detected by ordinary eyes and devoid of odour or taste. These toxins are a group of compounds, secreted on food items in store, transit or on farms. One of the members is the aflatoxin B1, a compound recognised by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, IARC, an arm of the WHO, to have the ability to incite cancer, thus locating it as Group 1 carcinogen. Set up in 1965, the IARC coordinates and conducts both epidemiological and laboratory research into the causes of human cancer . Aflatoxin is the only product of living source that has such attribute.

Detection of aflatoxin in food is expensive, making it easily, innocently accessed and the spread uncontrollable. In the UK alone, about 6000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer each year. In the USA, about 42,000 people are expected to be told the have liver cancer this year 2019. What is the profile for Africa??  In an economically challenged Africa, where it is difficult to convince people to throw away unwholesome food items, particularly where other options are either expensive or not available, it is certain that aflatoxin consumption will contribute to the incidence of liver cancer. Intervention measures by Africa include PACA, the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, with external funding. The PACA has been operating in selected countries and it is hoped that the extension department of the scheme will be rejigged to achieve a measure of hope for the continent. When farmers and exporters are not aware or equipped with the basics of food safety, only contaminated crops will result, leading to health compromise and export rejects or even trade bans. In Africa, data on risk assessment are sparse and uncoordinated, with little interdisciplinary collaboration, Yet, and most unfortunately, most of the materials rejected at the point of entry as exports to Europe, are consumed locally here ion Africa.

Food safety activities and departments should be decentralized for small holder farmers and operators to have a better feel of the impact. Commodity associations should be streamlined to emphasize compliance with standards before release to the market. Also awareness campaigns should be intensified consciously by research institutes, regulatory agencies, the Press and NGOs. Since the UN promotes fair global trade, the World Trade Organization also has a role to play. Research should now, focus on the manufacture of farmer-friendly hand-held tools or sensors that can easily detect, whether qualitatively or semi quantitatively, contaminants in food, on site. At present, detection techniques are fairly time consuming, expensive and highly technical

Prevention remains the most effective intervention approach and biological input is an attraction.

 

 

Dele Fapohunda

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NIGERIA CRACKS DOWN ON GM FOODS !!!

The National Biosafety Management Agency has issued a seven-day ultimatum to departmental stores in the Federal Capital Territory to withdraw all Genetically Modified food items from their shelves.
The Agency gave the ultimatum in Abuja on Friday during a meeting with departmental store operators in the FCT.
Ebegba said the move was in line with the mandate of the agency to ensure safety of human health and the environment.
The director general said the agency would not hesitate to shut down or prosecute the management of any departmental store that failed to abide by the directive or contravened its Act.
He said that the meeting was to intimate the operators on the provisions of the Act establishing the agency so that they would not feign ignorance of it.

 

 

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POST HARVEST EXHIBITION, ADDIS ABABA 2019

 

  • 2nd All African Postharvest Congress and Exhibition, 17-20 September 2019, Addis Ababa
  •  

    2nd AAPHCE(Self-Sponsored)
    Postharvest Loss Reduction and Agro-processing: Drivers of Agricultural Transformation in Africa
    September 17 – 20 2019 · African Union Commission

    BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

    Africa has remained the most food insecure continent in the world, with approximately one in four people undernourished. Over the years, most African governments have focused on increasing production to meet the food and nutrition needs of the ever rising population which is estimated to reach 2.5 billion by the year 2050. Indeed, most of the strategies for food and nutrition security (FNS) have been focused more on extensification (putting more land to production) and intensification (increased use of agro-inputs). However, these approaches to FNS are challenged by the limited and inelastic production resources (including land, water, energy, agro-inputs). Current food production systems are unsustainable and climate change poses additional challenge to sustainable agriculture in Africa.

    Historical over-emphasis on increased agricultural production without complementary interventions to ensure proper utilization of the food produced has contributed to the reported increase in postharvest food loss and waste over the years. Global food losses and waste is estimated at 1.3 billion metric tonnes (MT), equivalent to over 30% of the total food produced for human consumption, and it is estimated that global food wastage could feed up to 1.6 billion people annually. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, the total quantitative food loss has been estimated to be over 100 million MT/year. For grains alone, the value of postharvest losses is equivalent to approximately USD 4 billion/year (at 2007 prices), which could meet the annual food requirements of about 48 million people. The value of food loss exceeds the annual value of grain imports into Africa. These losses exacerbate food insecurity and have negative impacts on the environment through wasting precious land, water, farm inputs and energy used in producing food that is not consumed. In addition, postharvest losses reduce income to farmers and contribute to higher food prices.

    AGENDA

    Tuesday, September 17
      • Pre-conference

        Excursions – Pre-Conference Meetings – Side Events – Partners Meetings

        8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

      • Event Start

        2:00 PM

      • Official opening

        Opening Remarks: H. E Amb. Josefa Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, (AUC)

        2:30 PM – 6:00 PM

    Wednesday, September 18
      • Plenary presentations on subtheme 1
        (Public sector initiatives in
        postharvest loss reduction and
        agro-processing: policy,
        strategies and regulations
        ).

        Rwanda – Netherlands

        9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      • Panel discussion and interactive session.

        10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

      • Plenary presentations on Sub-theme 2: Financing models/options for agro-processing and postharvest managment .

        Damian Ihedioha (AfDB) – Rockefeller Foundation
        (Betty Kibaara)

        2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      • Panel discussions and interactive session.

        3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Thursday, September 19
      • Plenary presenation on Sub-theme 3: Science ,technology and innovation in postharvest managment and agro processing.

        Lead Speakers : Umezuruike Linus Opara, Bart Nicolai

        9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      • Panel discussions and interactive session.

        10:30 AM – 1:00 PM

      • Plenary presentations on Sub- theme 4: Capacity development and outreach programs in postharvest managment and agro-processing.

        Lead Speakers : Lisa Kitinoja
        (Postharvest Education
        Foundation)
        , Wageningen University
        and Research

        2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

      • Panel discussions and interactive session.

        3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

    Friday, September 20
      • Plenary presentation on Sub-theme 5: Youth and women empowerment through postharvest managment and agro-processing.

        Lead Speakers : AAIN (Alex Ariho)
        , Jemimah Njuki (IDRC)

        9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

      • Plenary presentations on Sub- theme 6: Private sector initiatives and public-private-partnerships (PPP) in postharvest managment and agro processing.

        Lead Speakers : Brett Rierson (WFP)
        ,Gerald Masila (EAGC

        11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

      • Reading of the communique.

        2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

      • Event End

        5:00 PM

      • Closing Ceremony.

        Award ceremony for Malabo
        PHL goal (Based on BR)
        , Closing remarks from the
        Commissioner/CP
        , Closing remarks from the
        Prime Minister Federal
        Democratic Republic of
        Ethiopia

        5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

 

WORLD CONFERENCE ON PROBIOTICS SINGAPORE 2019

Probiotics AsiaPacific

Details:World Congress on Probiotics, Functional food and Nutraceuticals

Event Dates:09-10, 2019
Event Venue:Singapore

For more information, visit  Website: https://probiotics.foodtechconferences.com

EU REVIEWS BEAN BAN ON NIGERIA

The review of the trade  ban placed on Nigeria by the European Union over excess levels of pesticide contaminant is on going in Abuja today 16 May 2019 . It will be recalled that the ban slammed on Nigeria because the dried beans contained dichlorvos at levels over and above acceptable limits

 

The critical meeting is assessing whether to let the ban expire or whether to extend it for another period.The federal Ministry of Agriculture and Nigeria Agric Quarantine Service are taking part in the review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dele Fapohunda

May 16, 2019

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Policy Brief on Aflatoxin in Ground nut in Nigeria

Please see the site for

‘Aflatoxins in Nigerian Groundnut:
Continuous Threat to Health, Agriculture
and Foreign Trade Policy Brief 35
April 2018’

 

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April 2019

ORGANIC, NON- GMO NEWS

April 2019
Monsanto-Bayer loses second trial over Roundup-cancer link
In another major blow to pesticide manufacturer Bayer, a federal jury ruled that the company’s Roundup herbicide was the substantial cause of a man’s cancer and ordered the weedkiller manufacturer to pay $80 million in damages.
Promotion of GMO Impossible Burger at Natural Products Expo West denounced as deceptive
Natural food industry representatives and consumer advocates denounced Impossible Foods, maker of the GMO-derived Impossible Burger, for promoting their product at Natural Products Expo West, saying they were engaging in deceptive marketing.
Grinnell Heritage Farm is farming against type—and against the odds—in Iowa
One of Iowa’s largest community-supported agriculture farms, which is built around numerous conservation practices, fights for survival amidst economic and climate pressures.
Organic Farming and Food
Global organic area reaches another all-time high
Nearly 173 million acres of farmland are organic
The year 2017 was another record year for global organic agriculture. According to the latest Research Institute of Organic Agriculture(FiBL) survey on organic agriculture worldwide, organic farmland increased substantially, and the number of organic producers and organic retail sales also continued to grow, reaching another all-time high, as shown by the data from 181 countries (data as of the end 2017).
I’ve been a farmworker all my life. Here’s why you should buy organic food
Supporting organic protects your health and also that of farmers and farmworkers—a basic right, says one Latino farmworker.
Organic Grain Collaboration releases report on increasing organic grain production in the U.S.
The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration, in partnership with the Organic Trade Association, recently released a critical and timely report looking at the state of organic grain in the United States. The report, titled “U.S. Organic Grain – How to Keep It Growing,” drills down into the key barriers in expanding domestic organic grain production, and identifies specific industry solutions to overcome the hurdles.
Orange in tree
Organic Center pinpoints organic ways to defeat citrus greening
With the bacterial disease known as citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), decimating millions of citrus crop acres in the U.S. and abroad, The Organic Center has published a grower guide and peer-reviewed paper to help organic producers identify organic strategies to deal with the disease.
Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists
A global review in The Guardian recommends moving away from intensive farming and slashing pesticide use to protect vital insect species.
Danish consumers are “world champions” of organic food, report says
Denmark is consistently the global leader in total organic food sales.
Straus Family Creamery celebrates 25 years of commitment to the planet, farmers, and organics
Straus Family Creamery, a leader in organic farming and sustainable dairy innovation, announces a year-long celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary to highlight its significant impact in the organic farming and organic food movement.
Market News
Pipeline Foods purchases SunOpta’s non-GMO and organic corn and soy business
Pipeline Foods LLC, a U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused on organic, non-GMO and regenerative food and feed, recently announced that it is acquiring the specialty and organic corn and soy business from SunOpta, Inc.
Many organic producers keep dry despite Midwest flooding
As the devastating consequences of the recent flooding impacting the Midwest are being analyzed, one of the questions people are asking is, “How will this flooding impact organic production?”
Organic livestock and imports continue to drive the market according to Mercaris’ Organic Commodities Outlook
U.S. organic commodity markets continue to expand according to the recently released Mercaris Organic Commodities Outlook. The report provides a comprehensive outlook for production, trade, and demand across the top U.S. organic field crop commodities as well as estimates of U.S. organic livestock and feed demand.
Non-GMO Trend
New partnership announced for climate-smart non-GMO corn production in Colombia
Agricultural research organizations are investing in high-yielding, non-GMO corn varieties to lessen Colombia’s large need for corn imports.
The startup taking on Bayer with cheaper, non-GMO seeds
Five-year-old Farmers Business Network Inc. (FBN) has inserted itself in the Big Ag GMO seed market—by introducing a brand of non-GMO seeds that due to advances in breeding, farming practices, and chemical formulas, can compete with GMOs.
Springer Mountain Farms introduces new “PLUS” line of Non-GMO Project Verified chicken products
Springer Mountain Farms PLUS chickens are raised on family farms with no antibiotics, hormones, steroids, or animal by-products ever and are certified by the American Humane Association. They are fed a high quality diet of 100 percent American-grown, pesticide-free, Non-GMO Project Verified ingredients.
Regenerative Agriculture
Why General Mills wants supply chains to become regenerative stewards of the environment
In order to address challenges from climate change, population growth, and depletion of natural resources, U.S. food giant General Mills has made a major commitment to regenerative agricultural practices on one million acres by 2030.

Source: Ken Roseboro/Editor <ken@non-gmoreport.com> April 2019

Calling all Next Generation Leaders in Crop Protection 2019

 
 
Are you between 18 and 40 years old, a student or recent graduate from an agricultural educational institution, have thought a lot about how to protect food security and the environment, and think you have a great innovation or idea or about sustainable crop protection? If so then you should apply to become a delegate at the IUPAC 2019 Next Generation Programme in Ghent, Belgium.

The 14th IUPAC International Congress of Crop Protection is being held in Ghent, Belgium from 19-24 May, 2019. The theme of the Congress is “Crop Protection: Education of the Future Generation”.  Ghent University, who are the academic institution and host of the conference, really want to showcase the next generation’s crucial role in the future of agriculture and are inviting the next generation of crop protection leaders to come to Belgium and be part of the IUPAC 2019 Next Generation Programme.

What’s on Offer?

  1. IUPAC 2019 is offering 50 sponsored places to the next generation of leaders in crop protection to participate in the four-day Agri Summit in Ghent, Belgium (19-23 May 2019) and link with the IUPAC International Congress.
  2. From among the Next Generation Agri-Summit applications we want to select up to five N-GAGE champions and provide seed funding (€5,000) to facilitate the startup of their innovation or project idea in crop protection. For one year (May 2019-May 2020), we will mentor these young innovators within their innovation/idea, linking them with seasoned researchers and practitioners and integrating them in other agricultural youth networks and organizations. Training on new ways to advocate and network using innovative communication tools will be provided.
Want to Apply?
It’s Simple…just one email. And its Complex…in the one email will need to condense everything to 1-2 pages in an application that is complete and compelling. Providing a couple of illustrations, videos and photos that represent your innovation or idea are also requested. Find all the details on the “How to Apply” page of the IUPAC 2019 Next Generation Programme website.
 
We look forward to hearing from you…
 
IUPAC Next Generation Programme Coordination Team