Safe Food, Fair Food: Reducing health risks from animal source foods
Safe Food, Fair Food
Reducing health risks from animal source foods
At least 2 billion cases of diarrhoea per year (up to 90% attributed to food);
1.5 million children under 5 die from diarrhoeal disease (80% in South Asia
Animal source foods most important source of foodborne diseases;
Milk, meat and fish crucial to nutrition and livelihoods of the poor;
In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 80% of animal source foods are marketed
Small-scale producers dominate informal markets.
The project adapts risk-based methods for food safety in
Risk analysis or risk-based decision making is the gold
standard for food safety management; it is based on
evidence not perceptions.
Structured analysis often shows that the risks of informally
marketed food are not as high as they are perceived.
Findings phase 1
• Informal markets form integral part of African economies;
• Although hazards are often common in informal markets, risks to
human health are not necessarily high;
Phase 2 expands the achievements of the first phase by
addressing selected high-potential value chains and regional
policy and education. Together, improved policy and
practice will lead to tangible benefits for smallholders and
other value chain actors, including poor consumers.
• Risks in informal food chains are under-researched;
• Participatory methods are useful in studying food safety risks in
informal food chains;
• Food safety needs multi-disciplinary (one health) and multi-sectoral
• Risks vary and may not be as serious as perceived: food safety policy
should be based on evidence not perceptions; Pictures
• Simple interventions could lead to substantial improvements: potable
water, electricity, training, standards, appropriate and hygienic
• Comprehensive jointly developed and implemented policies are
prerequisites for food safety assurance.
Figure 2: Participatory risk analysis proof of concept in informal value chains
Phase 2 expected outputs
Figure 1: We aim to improve the livelihoods of poor producers and consumers
Rakuno Gakuen University, Japan
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
University of Ghana , Ghana
University of Hohenheim, Germany
University of Nairobi, Kenya
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique
Biosciences eastern and central Africa-Hub, Kenya
Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Germany
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Makerere University, Uganda
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• Food safety and economic assessments of 4 value chains:
Dairy in Tanzania, pork in Uganda, small ruminants in
Senegal and Ethiopia.
• Action research on priority food safety issues to pilot and
test best-bet interventions.
• Findings, recommendations, methods and tools
disseminated to national and regional stakeholders.
• Engagement with Regional Economic Communities, the
private sector as well as research and training institutions
for a more enabling environment.