Just in time to add fuel to the fire of the current meat, milk and diet wars being waged in scholarly and lay media alike comes the latest issue (Oct 2019) of the scientific journal ‘Animal Frontiers’ on ‘Foods of animal origin: A prescription for global health’, with the term ‘health’, here, covering both human and environmental health. What it offers is a clear-headed, evidenced based, balanced look at the facts as we know them, and the facts that we need.
In early June this year, the BuildUganda research for development project was launched at a workshop with stakeholders. The component on veterinary public health aims to improve occupational health for meat handlers by reducing the risks they face and providing training, leading to improved quality and safety of food being produced and available in the market..
Today, policymakers, researchers and academics, donors, civil society, as well as government and private sector representatives from Uganda, Kenya and Germany meet to boost investment in Uganda’s livestock.
Here, on World Food Safety Day, for your pleasure and instruction, are three short videos highlighting Delia Grace, a veterinary epidemiologist at ILRI, on the importance improving the safety of foods, particularly livestock-derived foods (meat, offal, milk and eggs) produced, sold and consumed by poor people across the developing world.
The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are supporting four new research projects to address a broad set of robust and large-scale research priorities to guide program and policy efforts to improve food safety in Ethiopia. This will be achieved through a consortium of national and international research partners working together to support the country’s ongoing efforts.
A new report strengthens the economic case for increased public investment and other policy attention on food safety in developing countries. It synthesizes evidence of the economic costs of unsafe food in relation to both domestic markets and trade, positions food safety as an integral part of economic development and food system modernization, and provides guidance on improving food safety awareness and behaviour from farm to fork.
Originally posted on AgHealth:
Rinsing fresh fish in Accra, Ghana (photo credit: ILRI/Kennedy Bomfeh). A new World Bank study finds that the impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year. Yet a large proportion of these costs could be avoided by adopting…