The Brussels Briefing 52 discusses food safety and the food system in Africa, including the impact and lessons from the Global Food Safety Partnership, and the successes and challenges in advancing policy and practice in relation to food safety and sanitation.
Brussels Briefing 52: "Food safety - a critical part of the food system in Africa"
The Brussels Briefing 52 discusses the importance of food safety as an element of the food system success, especially in Africa. Organised by CTA, the ACP Secretariat, European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Concord in partnership with The Global Food Safety Partnership, the African Union and the EC/DG Health and Food Safety, the Briefing takes place at time when the issue food safety in Africa is attracting greater attention than ever.
In order to improve the quantity and quality of food safety capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa, the Global Food Safety Partnership has commissioned a mapping and analysis of current institutions, initiatives and resources devoted to food safety capacity building through multilateral development organisations, major bilateral donor agencies, the AU, AFDB, RECs and major food industry initiatives. It will provide information and analysis that public and private institutions can use to better target, prioritise, coordinate and evaluate their capacity building efforts.
The event showcases the latest technical and academic advancements on the issue of food safety, with examples from international best practice, regional and domestic initiatives by policymakers and the private sector to develop and advance standards, capacity and enforcement.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.
The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries. This encompasses cooperation with developing countries at different stages of development, including with countries graduated from bilateral development assistance to cover the specific needs of these countries during the transition period between low-income countries and upper middle-income countries. DG DEVCO works closely with other Commission services responsible for thematic policies, as well as with the European External Action Service and Commission services on external action, so as to facilitate and help ensure a consistent approach.
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work. The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.
CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations: 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD is the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy.
Global Food Safety Partnership
The Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) is an innovative, public-private initiative dedicated to supporting and promoting global cooperation for food safety capacity building. GFSP is uniquely able to assess food safety systems and propose systems-based interventions to address specific food sector needs and to prioritize hazards and threats. Our partners include leading food and beverage multinationals, intergovernmental organizations, government agencies, global industry organizations, universities and other knowledge experts, and others. The work of GFSP is focused on low- and middle-income countries that benefit from the expertise and resources we leverage from among our partners and other stakeholders to deliver value. GFSP's commitment to a collaborative approach includes disseminating lessons learned and best practices to inform future food safety capacity building that improves public health, facilitates market access, and contributes to enhanced food security across the globe.
The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” This vision of a new, forward-looking, dynamic and integrated Africa will be fully realized through relentless struggle on several fronts and as a long-term endeavour. The African Union has shifted focus from supporting liberation movements in the erstwhile African territories under colonialism and apartheid, as envisaged by the OAU since 1963 and the Constitutive Act, to an organization spear-heading Africa’s development and integration.
DG Health and Food Safety