Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues to Achieving the Global Food Security Strategy: Cases on Fall Armyworm and Aflatoxin
Unsafe food threatens public health and undermines food security at local, regional and global levels. The benefits of extensive development activities targeting food insecurity are drained away when food products are contaminated. Microbial and chemical contaminants are of particular concern, as are fungal pathogens such as mycotoxins. Similarly, pest and disease outbreaks threatened hard won productivity gains for staple crops upon which millions of people depend for food security and income. With its goals of improving food security, reducing poverty, and reducing malnutrition, the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) recognizes the importance of access to foods that are safe for consumption as well as creating agro-ecosystems that are resilient to shocks.
Join Agrilinks on June 20th for an interactive webinar to discuss the role of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues in a market systems approach to agricultural value chains. Speakers will provide an overview of SPS issues and their relation to the objectives of the GFSS along with in-depth case studies on two SPS issues of global importance: Aflatoxin and fall armyworm.
Lee Gross is a Senior Program Manager with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.
Dr. Chris Peterson is a toxicologist and entomologist serving as a program manager and team lead for the Food Safety in Africa Team at OCBD.
Dr. Ken Shenge is a Plant Pathologist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service with over 10 years’ experience in international agriculture, plant health, food safety, and public health. Dr.
Elisa Loeser is a Food Safety Program Manager with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. She oversees food safety and aflatoxin capacity building programs in Africa and Central America.
Kelley Cormier is Division Chief of MPI's Inclusive Market Development Division, where she leads a team that addresses access to finance, market systems strengthening, risk management and resi