Announcement and Call for Papers for the 7thAnnual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) 2016

The 7th edition of the annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit (ISDS) will hold during 21-26 August, 2016 at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.  The theme of the summit is Making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Work for People in Africa. The keynote speakers are: Amina J. Mohammed, Honorable Minister of Environment, Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Walter J.V. Vermeulen, President, International Sustainable Development Research Society.

Those willing to present papers at the summit should submit abstract of 300-500 words. Please email your abstract to and copy Priority will be given to papers that emphasize empirical research with clear implications for policy design and implementation. Submission deadline is Friday, 18 June, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be sent from 4 July, 2016. Those whose abstracts are accepted would be expected to submit full paper by 31 July, 2016. Selected papers would be considered for Special Edition of the African Journal of Sustainable Development (

For more details, please contact DrOlawaleOlayide, Secretary, Organising Committee via,,





Boosting farm production with massive chemical fertilizers, pesticide, hybrid seed and technology in the green revolution tradition is environmentally DESTRUCTIVE. The approach is certainly not an alternative to  traditional farming methods and landrace cultivation  so says  Marita Wiggerthale, of OXFAM, Germany who specializes in global food security

More and more alternatives are being proposed to solving the problem of food insecurity in developing countries. Many international organizations have attempted  ‘helping’ Africa . For example the new Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition wants Africa to be a profitable market for SEED industry. However,  there is danger of patents depriving farmers of their rights to retain the original seed. Does the ‘helping ‘seed industry allow the small holder farmer to retain the seed( and deriving offspring) for subsequent years’ planting?

So called development assistance is now being viewed with ‘eagle eyes’. In Germany, an alliance of 12 NGOs are so concerned that they are campaigning against development assistance to agri-corporations. The argument is that such assistance may lead to a further pauperization of the farmers that were originally intended for protection !!!. Poverty is being attacked only from the aspect of getting little money to feed, but it is clear that people are too poor to buy food sometimes rather  than because there is no food. The issue of distributive justice and environmental sustainability will have to be highlighted in all ASSISTANCE agenda by corporations and alliances. Farmers friendly skill  training , geared toward  boosting productivity and improving supply chains in rural communities as offered by the German   Food Partnership is attractive  Wiggerthale concludes



The New Telegraph of May 6 2016 reported the delisting of cholesterol by the US Government from the group of’ nutrients of concern’. Cholesterol was thought to incite  heart disease and stroke in man. Man has been w2arned to stay away from  high cholesterol foods for nearly 40years. Scary foods like eggs,  dairy products, butter, red meat  are now SAFE .

So Mr Cholesterol, you are welcome full dose at the meal time !!!!!




12 May 2016

Seed Firms Accused of Neglecting Female Farmers

Source: (25 Feb 2016)/Meridian institute
Author: Inga Vesper
A new study by the Access to Seeds Foundation, “Access to Seeds Index Report 2016,” finds that global seed companies are failing to meet the specific needs of female farmers. Seed firms, the report says, focus their research efforts on major cash crops and rarely prioritize the varieties of seeds important to female farmers in developing countries. According to Coosje Hoogendoorn, the head of research at the Access to Seeds Foundation, women look for specific characteristics in their seeds and plants, such as vegetables that can be cooked quickly and grains that take less time to be pounded into flour. “This might be something that men will not be thinking about so much,” she said. “If women have more time for their farm, it helps them move out of poverty and become entrepreneurs.” The report’s authors warn that this gap creates a situation in which female farmers benefit less from advances in seed breeding and agricultural science than male farmers. Regional seed companies, the authors continue, are better at including smallholder farmers in research than their larger counterparts, and could help close the seed gap for women. Local firms, says Ian Barker, the head of agricultural partnerships at the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, could help global companies understand what female farmers need. “That could be one of the big values of this index: it shines a light on these areas that need attention,” he said. more

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Registration fee for the short course and pilot
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Systems Lab, Texas A&M University
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Loe Hubbard, Global Applications Manager, Pall Life Sciences
Osama O. Ibrahim, Consultant Biotechnology, Bio Innovation
Matthew Johnson, Technical Laboratory Coordinator,
NCTM, Texas A&M University
Jiyoung Lee, Marketing Manager, BioProcess, GE
YongJae Lee, Head of Separation Sciences Program,
Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University
Ken Mabery, Manager – Western US, Pall Life Sciences
Kevin Marino, Manager – Eastern US, Pall Life Sciences
Dharti Pancholi, Senior Process Engineer, P&F Engineering
NNE Pharmaplan
Michael V. Pishko, Professor, Biomedical Engineering,
Texas A&M University; Director of the NCTM (National
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J. Stefan Rokem, Associate Professor, Department of
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Hebrew University—
Hadassah Medical School
Byron Sample, Field Application Scientist, BioProcess,
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Christiane Waldron, Senior Engineering Manager,
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February 8-12, 2015
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daily lunch, graduation lunch, refreshments at breaks, local
transportation, a short course e-manual, and certificate of
completion. A black & white paper manual/binder is available
for an additional $150 fee.
There is a 10% discount if three or more individuals
from the same organization register for the short course.
Academic discounts may be applicable if space is available.
Make checks payable to TEES (Texas A&M Engineering
Experiment Station) and mail to TEES Fiscal
Office, 3124 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-
3124. Or you may pay the fee by credit card (American
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Registration fees are not refundable, but substitute personnel
may be sent by the same firm.
Mail the registration form and a copy of your check
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Marcy Bundick
Short Course Coordinator
Food Protein R&D Center
Phone: (979) 845-2741
Fax: (979) 845-2744
Dr. YongJae Lee
Head, Separation Sciences Program
Food Protein R&D Center
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Produced in association with the
International Society for Mycotoxicology
2014, Volume XVII, Issue 1
Michelangelo Pascale, group leader of the department
of Food Safety and Innovative Methods for Food
Analysis at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR), Bari, Italy
 Mold and mycotoxin occurrence
 Indoor exposure to mycotoxins
and molds
 Regulations
 Advances in mycotoxin testing
 Toxicology of mycotoxins
 Control strategies
 Food and feed safety
4An international team of mycotoxin experts led the December 11–12, 2013, MoniQA Workshop on Effective Mycotoxin Management in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to hands-on experience with mycotoxin test kits, the workshop provided the 50 participants with an overview of the current mycotoxin situation, the impact of mycotoxins on food and feed safety worldwide and in Southeast Asia, the regulatory environment in Thailand and across the globe, and mycotoxin risk management and control. The program also included sessions on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometric methods for multi-mycotoxin analysis and confirmatory testing, quality control in mycotoxin analysis, and the role of traditional and ethnic foods and their ingredients in mycotoxin prevention.
Details of the program are available on the following websites: and
4Mycotoxin regulations and fit-for-purpose quantitative mycotoxin detection methods were the focus of a December 4–13, 2013, training course, Methods of Determination for Mycotoxins, at the International Food Safety Training Laboratory of the University of Maryland – Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in College Park, Maryland, USA. Participants reviewed relevant FDA and USDA compliance programs and practiced preparing samples and standards and performing ELISA plate and lateral flow tests, fluorescence and UV detection techniques, and LC-MS/MS analyses.
A summary of the course appears on the following website:

4The Molecular Phytopathology and Mycotoxin Research Group at Georg-August-University Göttingen organized the June 16–18, 2014, 36th Mycotoxin Workshop in Göttingen, Germany, on behalf of the Society for Mycotoxin Research. The workshop sessions addressed the following topics:
 Chemistry and biosynthesis of mycotoxins
 Toxicology of mycotoxins
 Effects of mycotoxins on animal and human health
 Biological functions of mycotoxins
 Mycotoxin detection and quantification
 Prevention of mycotoxin exposure
 Detoxification
 Legal and regulatory issues
More information on the workshop is available on the following website:
4The Mycotoxin Summer Talks 2014 convened at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), in Tulln, Austria, on July 4, 2014. The conference featured keynote presentations by renowned mycotoxin experts and oral and poster presentations on high-profile areas in mycotoxin research. An interdisciplinary roundtable discussion concluded the program. The talks were held in conjunction with the Mycotoxin Summer Academy.
For more information on the talks, visit the following website:

Click to access BOKU_Summertalks_2014.pdf

4The July 7–11, 2014, Mycotoxin Summer Academy 2014, at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, in Tulln, Austria, offered two one-week courses. The first course covered issues such as the toxicity of mycotoxins, their economic impact on the food and feed industry, and the taxonomy of toxigenic fungi. It also provided an introduction to various analytic methods, including chromatography and mass spectrometry and featured lab sessions on applications such as analysis of cereals by HPLC-UV/FLD, multi-toxin LC-MS/MS analysis, ELISAs and lateral flow devices for rapid mycotoxin detection, and PCR analysis of fungal DNA. The second course offered an in-depth look at liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS) with a particular focus on its use for multi-analyte detection.
The complete course schedule is posted on the following website:
September 2014, First African Symposium on Mycotoxicology, Mombasa, Kenya
November 10–12, 2014, Eighth World Mycotoxin Forum and Conference, Vienna, Austria
June 13–14, 2015, Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins – Gordon Research Seminar,
Stonehill College, Easton, MA, USA
September 8–11, 2015, Second International Symposium on Mycotoxins in Nuts and Dried Fruits (ISMNDF), Abuja, Nigeria
August 28 – September 10, 2014, Intensive Training on Mycotoxin Analysis 2014, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
4September 29 – October 3, 2014, ISM Workshop-Training Course – Toxigenic Fungi and Pathogenic Bacteria in the Food Chain, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Bari, Italy″
4October 6–10, 2014, ISM Workshop-Training Course – Detection Techniques for Mycotoxins in the Food/Feed Chain, Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Bari, Italy″
4Statement on the risks for public health related to a possible increase of the maximum level of deoxynivalenol for certain semi-processed cereal products,
EFSA Journal 2013, 11(12): 3490.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a statement indicating that raising the maximum level (ML) of deoxynivalenol (DON) for selected cereal products from 750 μg/kg to 1,000 μg/kg would increase the incidence of DON exposure that exceeds current health based guidance values (HBGVs).
Although the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) included DON’s acetyl-derivatives in these HBGVs, EFSA’s statement provides exposure estimates for the parent compound only. As EFSA noted, occurrence data on the acetyl-derivatives are scarce and neither the current nor the proposed ML includes them.
EFSA’s data on DON occurrence in food comprised the results of DON analysis of 10,757 samples collected in 21 European countries between 2007 and 2012. Because no test results from food processors’ self-monitoring programs were available, the percentage of DON levels greater than 750 μg/kg found in products that were kept off the market could not be determined. Consequently, a simulation approach was used to predict the effect of raising the ML on mean DON levels in three cereal products (barley and wheat flour and wheat semolina). This approach entailed re-sampling their data under the constraint that the proportion of noncompliant levels would remain the same after the ML increased.
EFSA analysis indicated that the higher ML would increase mean levels of DON by a factor of 1.14 to 1.16. Based on median chronic exposures in several age classes, EFSA predicted that increasing the ML would approximately double the percentage of consumers whose exposure to DON exceeds JECFA’s group provisional maximum tolerable daily intake (PMTDI) of 1 μg/kg body weight (b.w.) for DON and its 3- and 5-acetyl derivatives.
The researchers also analyzed the effects of the higher ML in a series of acute exposure scenarios. In several of these, the resulting dietary exposures exceeded the group acute reference dose (ARfD) of 8 μg/kg b.w. established by JECFA. One scenario indicated that for individuals with the highest exposure levels, the ARfD would be exceeded on up to 25.9 percent of consumption days.
EFSA noted that higher ML can be expected to increase the occurrence of not only DON but also its acetyl-derivatives. Based on their review of relevant literature, they also concluded that acetyl-derivatives can be significant contributors to total DON exposure. In light of these concerns, EFSA called for the collection of reliable data on the occurrence of DON’s acetyl-derivatives to assess their impact on the possible health risks of the proposed ML.
The complete statement can be downloaded from the following website:
4Commission Regulation (EU) No. 212/2014 amending Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 to include a 2 mg/kg maximum level for citrinin in red yeast rice supplements went into effect on April 1, 2014. The new regulation reflects concerns about the risk of kidney damage in consumers who take these supplements for their cholesterol-lowering effect. According to current scientific opinion, it’s necessary to consume 10 mg of monacolin K from red yeast rice preparations daily to lower cholesterol. Consumers would have to take four to six 600 mg capsules of red yeast rice to get this amount of monacolin K. Some strains of the yeast that produces monacolin K also produce citrinin. Furthermore current data on citrinin occurrence confirms high levels in certain red yeast rice preparations. Based on these facts, the European Commission concluded that taking the recommended dose of monacolin K could expose consumers to doses of citrinin that significantly exceed the level of no concern for nephrotoxicity (0.2 μg/kg b.w. per day). The Commission will review the new ML within two years, when more data on citrinin’s genotoxicity and carcinogenicity and on citrinin exposure from other foodstuffs have been collected.
To view the regulation, visit the following URL:
4Discussions on various mycotoxin control measures took place at the Eighth Session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF), which met in The Hague, the Netherlands, from March 31 to April 4, 2014. The EU delegates’ comments on these talks included requests for clarification on several points in the proposed draft MLs for fumonisins in maize and maize products. In a discussion of deoxynivalenol (DON) regulations, they agreed to a 2 mg/kg maximum level for raw wheat, maize, and barley before sorting and removal of damaged kernels. However, they objected to the proposed 1 mg/kg ML for flour, semolina, meal, and flakes made from wheat, barley, or maize and stipulated that the proposed 0.2 mg/kg ML for cereal based foods for infants and young children should apply only to cereals in their dry state. The meetings also prompted the following recommendations from the EU:
 The aggregate sample weight for wheat, barley, and raw maize subject to DON testing and for maize subject to fumonisin testing should be 10 kg; 5 kg would be an acceptable compromise.
 The proposed draft annex for the prevention and reduction of aflatoxins and ochratoxin A contamination in sorghum should be forwarded to the 37th Session of Codex for adoption.
 More data on aflatoxin occurrence in rice should be collected for a discussion of possible regulations; work should begin on a code of practice for the prevention and reduction of aflatoxins in rice.
 The discussion paper on the possible revision of the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Mycotoxin Contamination in Cereals, the proposal for new work on a code of practice for the prevention and reduction of ochratoxin A in paprika, and the discussion paper on the establishment of a maximum level for total aflatoxins in ready-to-eat peanuts and associated sampling plan should be forwarded to the 37th Session of Codex for acceptance as new work.
 Background information on the proposal for new work on the establishment of maximum levels for aflatoxins in spices and the proposal for new work on the establishment of maximum levels for aflatoxin B1 and total aflatoxins in nutmeg and associated sampling plan should be combined in a single discussion paper.
 The Committee should wait to consider extending the proposed MLs for DON to include the acetylated DON derivatives until more occurrence data are available.
For more details of the EU’s comments, visit the following URL:
The Code of Practice for the Prevention and Reduction of Ochratoxin A Contamination in Cocoa (CAC/RCP 72-2013) was adopted at the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) held in Rome from July 1 to July 5, 2013. The Code recommends practices for reducing contamination during the pre-harvest stage, harvest, storage of fruits and pod opening, fermentation and drying of beans, and storage and transportation of dried beans to local industries and foreign ports.
The Code can be downloaded from the following page on the Codex website:
4″Development and Evaluation of Monoclonal Antibodies for the Glucoside of T-2 Toxin (T2-Glc),” Chris M. Maragos, Cletus Kurtzman, Mark Busman, et al., Toxins, 2013, 5(7): 1299–1313.
The authors developed an innovative method for simultaneously detecting T-2 toxin and its glucoside derivative, the masked mycotoxin T2-Glc. To produce antibodies for their study, the researchers injected mice with T2-Glc that had been linked to the immune potentiator keyhole limpet hemocyanin. Cells from the immunized mice were then used to develop hybridoma cell lines. Most of the monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) showed high cross-reactivity to T-2 toxin. Cross-reactivity to HT-2 toxin was somewhat lower.
The mAbs generated by these cell lines were incorporated into immunoassays that detected T2-Glc and T-2 toxin with midpoints of inhibition curves (IC50s) in the low ng/mL range. The authors concluded that the in-depth cross-reactivity and high solvent tolerance of one of the clones, mAb 2-13, would make it particularly useful for simultaneous detection of T-2 toxin and T2-Glc.
4“Public Health Impacts of Foodborne Mycotoxins,” F. Wu, J.D. Groopman, and J.J. Pestka, Annual Review of Food Science and Technology, 2014, 5(1): 351–372.
This review of the impact of mycotoxins on human health begins with a look at toxigenic fungi and at crops that are prone to mycotoxin contamination. It goes on to describe the adverse health effects of major mycotoxins and to identify the most vulnerable populations worldwide. A discussion of the extent of the global burden of disease caused by foodborne mycotoxins concludes the article.
“Fungi and Mycotoxins in Cocoa: From Farm to Chocolate,” M.V. Copetti, B.T. Iamanaka, J.I. Pitt, and M.H. Taniwaki, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 2014, 178: 13–20.
The authors explain how filamentous fungi, particularly those that produce aflatoxins and ochratoxin A, develop at the various stages of cocoa processing and how to control these contaminants with good processing practices. The article also covers methods of detecting fungi and mycotoxins and measuring their levels in cocoa as well as dietary exposure and regulations.
“Determination of Deoxynivalenol and Nivalenol in Wheat by Ultra-
performance Liquid Chromatography/Photodiode-Array Detector and Immunoaffinity Column Cleanup,” M. Pascale, G. Panzarini, S. Powers, and A. Visconti, Food Analytical Methods, 2014, 7(3): 555–562.
This article describes the development of the first method to use UltraPerformance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC®) combined with immunoaffinity column cleanup to simultaneously determine deoxynivalenol (DON) and nivalenol (NIV) in wheat. Mean recoveries from blank wheat samples spiked with 100–2,000 μg/kg of DON and 100–2,000 μg/kg of NIV ranged from 85 to 95 percent for DON and from 81 to 88 percent for NIV with relative standard deviations less than 7 percent. The limit of detection (LOD) was 30 μg/kg for DON and 20 μg/kg for NIV (signal-to-noise ratio 3:1). The range of applicability of the method was between the LOD and 4,000 μg/kg, as a single mycotoxin or the sum of DON and NIV in wheat.
Mycotoxin Reduction in Grain Chains, J.F. Lesile and A.F. Logrieco, John Wiley & Sons, April 17, 2014, 376 pages.
Supported by MycoRed, a European Union FP7 project, this book provides a multidimensional view of mycotoxin reduction in grains at various stages of the value chain. While wheat and maize are the primary focus of attention, the authors also discuss rice, sorghum, and other grains. In addition to discussing the specific mycotoxins that typically infect these grains, the book explores detection and analytical methods; breeding for resistance; good agricultural, harvest, storage, and processing practices; decontamination techniques; and mycotoxin prediction models.
4The editor, Dr. Michelangelo Pascale, is a researcher at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA), part of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). ISPA is recognized as one of the world’s foremost institutes for the study of the chemistry and the biology of mycotoxins and mycotoxin-producing fungi. Dr. Pascale is currently group leader of ISPA’s department of Food Safety and Innovative Methods for Food Analysis and a participant in several national and international mycotoxin projects.
The editor welcomes submissions of newsworthy information about mycotoxins, including the dates of upcoming conferences of interest. He can be contacted at the following address:
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4″Mycotoxins That Affect the North American Agri-food Sector: State of the Art and Directions for the Future,” J.D., Miller, A.W. Schaafsma, D. Bhatnagar,
G. Bondy, I. Carbone, L.J. Harris, G. Harrison, G.P. Munkvold, I.P. Oswald, J.J. Pestka, L. Sharpe, M.W. Sumarah, S.A. Tittlemier, and T. Zhou, World Mycotoxin Journal, 2014, 7(1): 63–82.
This summary of workshop discussions from the June 2012 international MYCORED meeting in Ottawa, Canada, focuses on the impact of mycotoxins on
North America’s agricultural and food industries. More than 200 participants, including academics, government and industry scientists, government officials, and representatives of farming organizations, from 27 countries contributed to these discussions. Topics covered ranged from the latest advances in plant genetics, fungal genomics, toxicology, and sampling and test methods to mycotoxin management strategies for the food and feed industries and the public health implications of
mycotoxins in developing countries. The discussions were intended to help set
priorities and develop recommendations for the future.
4Management of Mycotoxin Contamination in Food and Feed in China,”
W.W. Zhang, Z.M. Ye, Y. Jin, S.Y. Wang, L.S., Zhang, and X.F. Pei, World Mycotoxin Journal, 2014, 7(1): 53–62.
This article is the first comprehensive review of China’s mycotoxin control strategies. The authors cite progress in the country’s mycotoxin management efforts, including the establishment of 49 regulations, maximum levels for seven mycotoxins, 17
standard detection methods, a code of practice for preventing and reducing mycotoxins in cereals, and a government network that monitors levels of 12 mycotoxins. The effectiveness of industry oversight and government inspections in reducing exposure to mycotoxin-contaminated food and feed is also noted.
4Improving Public Health Through Mycotoxin Control, J.I. Pitt, C.P. Wild,
R.A. Baan, W.C.A. Gelderblom, J.D. Miller, R.T. Riley, and F. Wu, (Editors), IARC
Scientific Publication, No. 158, 2012, 165 pages.
This book makes the complexities of the mycotoxin problem accessible and relevant for a wide audience and provides helpful guidance for decision makers in fields ranging from public health to agriculture, economics, and marketing. In addition to the occurrence and effects of mycotoxins, the book discusses approaches to reducing the dietary exposure of high-risk populations. The editors hope their book will spur governments, nongovernmental and international organizations, and the private sector to increase their efforts to limit dietary exposure to mycotoxins in developing countries.
4Fusarium Head Blight in Latin America, T.M. Alconada Magliano and S.N. Chulze (Editors) Springer; 2013, 304 pages.
This book provides an overview of relevant research advances and management strategies of Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) in Latin America, including gene selection, biocontrol, and weather-based forecasts of disease risk. It addresses topics ranging from mycological factors that affect Fusarium infection in wheat, such as hyphal growth and morphogenesis in germinating spores; fungal ecology and epidemiology; Fusarium-toxins associated to Fusarium Head Blight in wheat in Latin America and integrated management and control.

PACA Platform meeting holds October 2014 at Adis Ababa

The First Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) Partnership Platform Meeting which is scheduled to take place from 07-09 October 2014, at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This first PACA PPM is of particular importance as it is organized in the year 2014, which was declared, by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa”.

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) is an innovative consortium that aims to coordinating and supporting aflatoxin mitigation and management across the health, agriculture and trade sectors in Africa. The first PACA PPM will create a forum for the full array of stakeholders involved in the management of aflatoxins – including AUC, RECs, nation al governments, private sector, health organizations, regulators, civil society groups, and development partners – to:

  1. Embrace the refined PACA Mid-Term Strategic Plan as a driving instrument for attainment of results and impact;
  2. Share implementation progress, challenges and receive input from stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of PACA’s current activities;
  3. Exchange information, share experiences and lessons in aflatoxin mitigation and management, including evidence from recent studies;
  4. Identify and deepen partnerships to create synergies and strengthen programs aligned with the PACA Strategy and Mid-Term Strategic Plan; and
  5. Engage all stakeholders to support all efforts in the fight against aflatoxins on the African continent.

We are expecting a highly interactive meeting that will help catalyze and inform actions to help achieve PACA’s vision of an Africa free from the harmful effects of aflatoxin. There are no charges to attend the Forum.

Aturu dies at 49

Human rights lawyer Ondo state born Bamidele  Aturu died on Wednesday 9 2014,  at the age of 49. Mr Aturu attended Adeyemi College of Education , Ondo after which he proceeded to the mandatory NYSC where he hit the limelight by rejecting an award . His activism  at Ondo  resulted in brushes with authorities. He proceeded to read law at the Obafemi  Awolowo University, Ile Ife. It was a profession he thought could give him the latitude to fight for the people and air his views on contemporary issues at all times. A few weeks ago , he hosted the Lagos branch of Adeyemi College of Education old students association at his office at Cement bus stop off Lagos Abeokuta expressway.

May his soul rest in peace