Published on: 2018-08-14 20:35:12
Posted by: SOLOMON
The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) is a collaboration that aims to protect crops, livestock, and people from the effects of aflatoxins. By combating these toxins, PACA will contribute to improving food security, health, and trade across the African continent.
An Africa free from the harmful effects of aflatoxins.
To support agricultural development, safeguard consumer health and facilitate trade by catalyzing, coordinating and increasing effective aflatoxin control along agricultural value chains in Africa.
In deciding where, when and how it should act, PACA will be guided by the following principles. Interventions should:
To provide leadership and coordination for Africa’s aflatoxin control efforts, acting primarily as a catalyst, facilitator, partnership and knowledge broker, project developer and information clearinghouse. PACA will also advocate for the establishment of enabling policies and institutions, increased investment and the mobilization of resources, and should ultimately act as a grantmaker to support priority aflatoxin control activities.
Building on the 10 year strategy, the PACA Secretariat's mission is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of governments to tackle the aflatoxin challenge in Africa. The Secretariat will support governments and work jointly with other key stakeholders to improve governments’ effectiveness through three primary roles.
In the Convening role, the Secretariat will leverage the AUC’s convening authority to work with RECs to organize continental, inter-regional, regional, and country convenings that engage all relevant aflatoxin control stakeholders. The purposes of these convenings will be to share lessons learned and best practices, resolve specific challenges and bottlenecks, launch the county pilot program, align stakeholders on the identified plan, and mobilize resources to implement the plan.
In the Knowledge Manager role, the Secretariat will leverage its position within the PACA Community, and with the technical expertise of its staff, to aggregate evidence, gather knowledge, and disseminate information to support country plan preparation and execution, as well as capture knowledge and information about best practices, developments, and research to support broader continental efforts. This role will better equip all stakeholders to implement “government-led and stakeholder-driven” country plans.
In the Financial Resources Provider role, the Secretariat will provide catalytic resources to support the development, implementation, and progress monitoring of country plans to mitigate the harmful effects of aflatoxin. Specifically, the Secretariat will purchase testing equipment to support country plans and hire consultants to develop country plans, mobilize resources and build government capacity to execute the plans, and conduct progress assessments. This role will be executed in strong partnership with the RECs, who will oversee government capacity building.
Finally, in a temporary Technical Assistance role, the Secretariat will leverage the technical expertise of its staff to conduct government capacity building in the next three years. However, it is not fully scalable or sustainable in the long-term for the small Secretariat staff to conduct technical assistance for all members states across the continent. Therefore, after three years the Secretariat should transition this role to consultants (e.g. research institute technical experts) to provide technical capacity building, in the long-term.
The Secretariat will focus on supporting governments and work jointly with other key stakeholders to improve governments’ effectiveness through three categories of activities:
At the continental level, the Secretariat will support three types of activities:
At the regional level, the Secretariat will work closely with RECs to support four types of activities:
At the country level, the Secretariat will work closely with RECs and local country stakeholders through a country steering committee to support the preparation, execution, and oversight of country government-led, and stakeholder aligned country plans. The Secretariat’s country activities will build on the country planning work already underway.