The future of the food system is critical to the long-term well-being of Africa and its people, and for the global food system to be a successful provider, the food must be safe.
Yet, Africa has the world’s highest per capita incidence of foodborne illness, claiming 137,000 lives a year and causing 91 million cases of sickness, according to the World Health Organization. The heaviest burden falls on children under the age of five.
A new report by the Global Food Safety Partnership analyses donor investment in more than 500 projects undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa since 2010 to make important recommendations for providing safe food for Africans.
The central message is clear: it is time for greater investment and a strategic, risk-based approach that targets the health of African consumers, and harnesses consumer awareness and market forces to drive progress on food safety. Food safety is the next frontier of food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa.