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.

 

To learn more about A4NH's work on Food Safety, please visit the Food Safety Flagship page.

 

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

The Critical and Complex Need to Address Food Safety in Africa

Foodborne disease and other food safety issues are among the greatest development challenges we face globally. This fact has been established from many angles: World Health Organization (WHO) research, for example, places the global health burden of foodborne disease on par with HIV/AIDS, TB, or malaria.

Investment, Attention Needed to Improve Food Safety in Low and Middle Income Countries

Food safety has skyrocketed up the development agenda. The demand for safe food is growing fast, driven by empowered middle-class consumers, whose numbers are climbing more and more rapidly

Video: Research Impact in Vietnam

A new video from CGIAR showcases how research is having impact on people's lives. The video highlights how A4NH research conducted by Hung Nguyen is helping informal market vendors in Vietnam improve the safety of the food they sell. Informal markets are a critical part of Vietnam's food systems, and consumers want to know their vegetables, meats, and >> Read more

Evidence, Interventions and Impact: Building Informal Market Food Safety Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Food systems are evolving rapidly throughout low and middle-income countries, and value chains are becoming longer in the process. Foodborne disease risks occur along these increasingly complex value chains, while consumer demand for safe food is growing. In areas such as sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 70 percent of food comes from traditional, informal markets, how can researchers >> Read more