News from Flagship Three: Food Safety

Food safety is moving rapidly up the development agenda as major new studies reveal its severely under-estimated importance. Foodborne disease is responsible for an enormous health burden and negative livelihood, nutritional, and economic impacts. There is an urgent need for technical and institutional solutions to food safety challenges, and broader policy research is expected to have influenced tens of millions of consumers, millions of farmers, and thousands of market agents working in priority countries in Africa and Asia.

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other information that helps inform research and progress in this area.

Workshop Identifies Challenges, Strategies for Improving Food Safety

The workshop “Better Targeting Food Safety Investments in Low and Middle Income Countries,” hosted by the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), brought together policymakers, researchers, donors, and others to delve into the challenges impeding poor people’s access to safe foods >> Read more

USAID to Host Two-Day Online Discussion on Food Safety Research in Developing Countries

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold a two-day AgExchange to provide a forum for the international research community to discuss key constraints and research priorities in food safety.

Africa Must Take the Lead in Addressing Global Health Challenges

The new Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is a former minister of health in Ethiopia. Africa – at last – is now at the centre of global health policy.

Yes! We Are Winning in the Fight to Reduce Aflatoxin Contamination in Key Staple Crops in Africa

...but the fight is far from over, panel discussion concludes.