Updated 8 November 2021

This programme is provisional and subject to minor changes.

The programme times are GMT.

Day 1: 10 November 2021

08:30 – 09:20 Opening Session
Moderator: Prof. Lucia Anelich
08:30 – 08:35 Opening Remarks by ACAFP President Prof. Joseph Odumeru
ACAFP President.
Director, Laboratory Service Branch – Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Ontario, Canada
08:35 – 08:40 AU Statement Dr. Simplice Nouala
Head of Division Agriculture and Food Security, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture
08:40 – 08:45 FAO Statement Mr. Suffyan Koroma
Senior Policy Officer
Food and Agriculture of the United Nations
Subregional Officer for Eastern Africa
08:45 – 08:50 IAFP President Statement Dr. Ruth L. Petran
President, IAFP. Senior Food Safety Advisor
The Acheson Group and Ruth Petran Consulting, Minnesota, USA
08:50 – 09:20 Keynote Speaker Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa
Director, Agriculture and Rural Development, African Union Commission
09:20 – 10:40 Food Safety Governance in Africa
Moderator: Prof Obadina Adewale Olusegun
09:20 – 09:45 Food Law and Regulations Prof. Bernd van der Meulen
European Institute for Food Law, Netherlands
09:45 – 09:55 Food Safety Regulation in Ghana: Innovations, Successes and Lessons Maria Aba Lovelace-Johnson
Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana
09:55 – 10:05 Enhancing the effectiveness of public policy implementation: The case of the national policy for aflatoxin control in Ghana Rose Omari
CSIR – Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, Ghana
10:05 – 10:15 Imperatives of Food Regulatory Policy Development to Address Emerging Issues and Innovation in the Food Production Sector Prof. Samuel Godefroy
Laval University, Canada
10:15 – 10:40 Questions & Answers  
10:40 – 10:55 Leg Stretch
10:55 – 12:05 Impact of COVID-19 on Food Systems in Africa
Moderator: Prof. Sheila Okoth
10:55 – 11:20 SARS-CoV-2 and Risk Related to Food & Food Packaging Safety Prof. Lucia Anelich
Anelich Consulting, South Africa
11:20 – 11:30 COVID-19 mitigation and its effects on food safety in East Africa Florence Mutua
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
11:30 – 11:40 Assessment of Household Food Security Situation During the Covid-19 Lockdown in Kenya Dinga Lynette Aoko and Nelson K. Olang’o
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
11:40 – 11:50 The Covid-19 Pandemic: Unprecedented Threats to Livestock Agri-food Systems in Africa Christian Keambou Tiambo
Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), ILRI-Nairobi, Kenya
11:50 – 12:05 Questions and Answers  
12:05 – 13:05 Lunch Break and Exhibition
Poster Sessions (Sub Themes 1, 2 and 3)
Moderator: Dr. Ajibola Oyedeji
13:05 – 14:35 Roundtable Discussion
Moderator/Chair: Dr. Simplice Nouala
Organised by the Africa Union Commission (AUC)
Topic: Access to safe and nutritious food for all in Africa

  1. Dr. Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development, African Union Commission
  2. Hon. Neema Lugangira, Member of Parliament, United Republic of Tanzania
  3. Mr. Ade Freeman, Regional Program Leader, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  4. Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Executive Chairperson, Acting Managing Director, AKADEMIYA2063
  5. Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, Secretary General, African Organization for Standardization (ARSO)
  6. Mr. Ernest Aubee, Head of Agriculture Division, ECOWAS Commission
  7. Mr. Hakim Mufumbiro, Coordinator, CCAFRICA
14:35 – 16:20 Food Safety from Field-to-Bowl in Africa
Moderator: Dr. Ayojesutomi Abiodun-Solanke
14:35 – 15:00 A Perspective on Mycotoxins in Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa Prof. David Miller
Carleton University, Canada
15:00 – 15:10 Food Safety in the Horticultural Sector in Ghana: Challenges/Risks, Risk Factors and Possible Interventions Gloria Essilfie
University of Ghana, Ghana
15:10 – 15:20 Milk Production, Processing and Consumption in Pastoral Settings in Ethiopia: Food Safety within the Food Security Bekele Megersa and Kebede Amenu
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
15:20 – 15:30 An Approach for Improving Safety and Hygiene Control Practices in Emerging Dairy Chains James Ledo
CSIR – Food Research Institute, Ghana
15:30 – 15:55 Estimates of aflatoxin induced-liver cancer risk and associated health and economic impacts in Tanzania Prof. Martin Kimanya
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – East African Community (EAC), Tanzania
15:55 – 16:05 Urban Food Markets in Africa – incentivizing food safety using a Pull-Push approach: Evidence to action towards improved microbiological safety and hygiene of tomato in Ethiopia Biruk Alemu Gemeda
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ethiopia
16:05 – 16:20 Questions and Answers  
16:20 Closure of Day 1  


Day 2: 11 November 2021

08:30 – 10:00 Continental Food Safety Initiatives
Moderator: Dr. Ajibola Oyedeji
08:30 – 09:00 Risk-based Inspection – Challenges and Perspectives for Africa Dr. Blaise Ouattara
Food Safety and Quality Officer, FAO Region office for Africa
09:00 – 09:20 NEPAD’s Food Systems and Food Safety Programme Ms. Kefilwe Moalosi
Nutrition and Food Systems Programme Officer, NEPAD, South Africa
09:20 – 09:40 Africa food safety initiative Mr Mawuli Asigbee
University of Missouri Assistance Program (UMAP, Ghana
09:40 – 10:00 Questions and Answers  
10:00 – 10:10 Leg Stretch
10:10 – 12:05 Food Safety Control Systems in Africa: The Role of Traditional and Emerging Technologies
Moderator: Dr. Kebede Amenu
10:10 – 10:35 Role of Fermentation as traditional practice in ensuring food safety in Africa Obadina Adewale Olusegun
Federal University of Agriculture, Nigeria
10:35 – 10:45 Safety Assessment of Traditional Fish Smoking Practices in Nigeria: A Scale Up Analysis Abiodun-Solanke Ayojesutomi
Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Lagos, Nigeria
10:45 – 10:55 Improving Traditional Technologies to Enhance Food Safety: The Case of Brukina and Poultry Processing in Ghana Angela Parry-Hanson
University of Ghana, Ghana
10:55 – 11:05 Reducing Post-harvest Losses in Grains at the Smallholder Farmer Level: A Holistic Approach Isaac Sesi
CEO & Head of Product Development, Sesi Technologies Ltd., Ghana
11:05 – 11:15 Inactivation Effects on Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus on Peanut Seeds by Multi-hollow Surface Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Gebremedhin Gebremariam
Ambo University and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Ethiopia
11:15 – 11:25 The Roles of African Traditional Fermentation Technologies in Food Safety: Challenges and Opportunities Dr. Tesfemariam Berhe
Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, Ethiopia
11:25 – 11:35 Mycotoxin Regulations in Food and Feed: Local and Export Trade Perspective Dr Olaitan Olajuyigbe
Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research, Nigeria
11:35 – 12:05 Questions and Answers  
12:05 – 13:05 Lunch Break and Exhibition
Poster Sessions (Sub Themes 3, 4 and 5)
Moderator: Dr. Ajibola Oyedeji
13:05 – 14:40 Academic and Development of Partnerships in Food Safety: National, Regional, Continental and International Initiatives
Moderator: Dr. Rose Omari
13:05 – 13:30 MYTOX-SOUTH® International Partnership to Improve Food Security & Food Safety Prof. Sarah De Saegar
Ghent University, Belgium
13:30 – 13:40 Academic, Industry and Governmental Partnerships: A Panacea for Ensuring Food Safety in Africa Dr Oluwafemi Adebo
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
13:40 – 13:50 Experiences from Collaborative and Innovate SPS Projects in Africa Catalina Pulido
Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF/WTO), Switzerland
13:50 – 14:00 Risk-based Food Safety Systems in Africa: Experiences from Two Collaborative Projects Barbara B. Kowalcyk
Ohio State University, USA
14:00 – 14:10 Building Food Safety Research Capacity in Africa Through Intercontinental Collaboration Dr Olumide Odeyemi
Highs International Foundation, Australia
14:10 – 14:40 Questions and Answers  
14:40 – 14:50 Leg Stretch
14:50 – 16:10 IAFP / ACAFP Session
Moderator: Dr. Moustapha Oke
14:50 – 15:20 Changing Risk Profiles of Foods and How to Manage Them Ruth L. Petran
IAFP President
15:20 – 15:50 Food Fraud in Africa Prof. Charles Muyanja
Makere University, Uganda
15:50 – 16:00 IAFP Association Information Presentation David W. Tharp
IAFP Executive Director
16:00 – 16:10 ACAFP Association Information Presentation Mr. Peter Kennedy
Vice President ACAFP
16:10 – 17:00 Closing Ceremony
Moderator: Prof. Charles Muyanja
16:10 – 16:40 The Future of Food Safety in Africa: Research Perspective Prof. Delia Grace Randolph
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya
16:40 – 17:00 Closing Remarks from IAFP, AU, FAO, ACAFP