The First FAO / WHO / AU International Food Safety Conference 
Addis Ababa, 12-13 February 2019

With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies, disproportionally affecting vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women and children, populations affected by conflict and migrants.

This joint conference will bring together Ministers of Health, Ministers of Agriculture, leading scientific experts, partner agencies as well as representatives of consumers, food producers and the private sector to:

  • Identify key actions and strategies to address current and future challenges to food safety globally;
  • Strengthen commitment at the highest political level to scale up food safety in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ongoing changes in climate, global food production and supply systems affect consumers, industry and the planet itself. These changes can have an impact on food safety systems and pose sustainability and development challenges.

This is a pivotal moment demanding urgent international reflection on actions needed to bolster food safety, which will start in Addis Ababa. Priorities were discussed so that food safety strategies and approaches can be aligned across sectors and borders, reinforcing efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and supporting the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition.

The First FAO/WHO/AU International Conference on Food Safety was held in Addis Abba on 12-13 February 2019.

For more information see the International Food Safety Conference website

Thematic briefs

Background documents

Economic case for investments in food safety

People-focussed food safety investment in low and middle income countries - English | Portuguese

Safe and sustainable livestock production - English | Portuguese

Climate change and implications for food safety - English | Portuguese

Safe and sustainable aquaculture intensification - English | Portuguese

Understanding food safety risks and uncertainties and meeting citizens’ expectations as food systems become more complex - English | Portuguese

Effective communication and engagement with the public about food safety and quality issues in the digital age - English | Portuguese

Safe, sustainable, crop production: meeting the goals

Novel food production - English | Portuguese

Digital transformation of the food system - English | Portuguese

Alternative food and feed products

The public health burden of unsafe foods: a need for global commitment

Leveraging private sector investment for safe food value chains

Harnessing market drivers of food safety

Policy Considerations for the Development and Adoption of Technologies for Local Food Value Chains

Whole-genome sequencing: Paving the way forward globally to better understand food systems

Novel analytical methods and models for enhanced food safety

Dietary transitions and multiple burdens of malnutrition necessitate action

The Need for Integrated Approaches to Address Food Safety Risk: The Case of Mycotoxins in Africa

Sharing responsibility for consumer empowerment

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