Month: April 2016

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Foodex event – Global warming: is meat to blame?

Tuesday, April 19 2016, 13:00-13:45, Director Sandy Thomas attended a seminar on meat and global warming. This session is part of a series of live events taking place at Foodex, a trade event for the food and drink processing, packaging, ingredients and logistics industries taking place in Birmingham, 18-20 April 2016.

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Highlights from the event: "Food Safety and Aflatoxins in Africa" – 12 April, Accra, Ghana

12 April 2016 – Together with the African Unions’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition hosted a high-level roundtable meeting to launch the Panel’s new brief on food safety and to highlight the impact of aflatoxins on healthy diets and nutrition. This meeting was organised alongside the 12th Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme Partnership Platform meeting in Accra, Ghana.

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Advancing nutrition in agriculture and food systems in Africa

On Monday, 11 April 2016, Global Panel Director Professor Sandy Thomas met with H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, to discuss new initiatives for advancing nutrition in African agriculture and food systems.

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Healthier food supply: what you worry about and what makes you sick is not the same

Do you know how experts and the public view food safety risks? Delia Grace, Program Leader Food Safety and Zoonoses, ILRI, discusses the psychology of risk perception. 

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Activating our pledge for optimal safety of African food systems

What is the need for greater attention on food safety and food consumption considerations? In the occasion of the policy brief launch on food safety, Mohamed Ag Bendech and Mawuli Sablah, FAO Regional Office for Africa, comment on the positive impact that stronger food safety and regulatory frameworks would have in Africa.

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African governments must act to address the risks of unsafe food and aflatoxins

12 April 2016, Accra, Ghana – The Global Panel launches today its latest policy brief Assuring Safe Food Systems: Policy Options for a Healthier Food Supply, which reviews food safety issues that are critical to poor and vulnerable populations in low and middle-income countries. The brief launches  in Accra, Ghana, at the Global Panel and the African Union Commission’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) event, which brought together African policymakers to discuss food safety issues. 

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High-Level Roundtable on food safety and aflatoxins in Africa

On 12 April 2016, the Global Panel and the African Union’s Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) brought together decision-makers from across Africa to discuss issues around food safety, with particular focus on aflatoxins. The Global Panel launched its latest policy brief ‘Assuring Safe Food Systems: Policy Options for a Healthier Food Supply’ at the roundtable.

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Don’t tell Jamie! Sugar and snacks down to economics not poor choices

I was recently invited to the launch of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition’s new policy brief Managing Food Price Volatility: Policy Options to Support Healthy Diets and Nutrition in the Context of Uncertainty. The brief references our work on Food Price Volatility and shares our concerns around what can be done to anticipate and mitigate the negative dietary and nutritional outcomes of price volatility and market uncertainty.