Knowledge for Development

November/December 2014 K4D Newsletter

Date: 01/12/2014


We are pleased to forward the November/December 2014 issue of the CTA and S&T Knowledge for Development (K4D) e-newsletter. In this issue, we place emphasis on: (i) Agro-food processing capacity, (ii) food safety issues, specifically aflatoxin and (iii) seed systems, science and policy, among others. We also wish to highlight the growing consensus on the need for strengthening the agriculture-nutrition nexus and encourage you to visit the website of the ICN 2 conference “Better nutrition better lives” which was held in Rome from 19-21 November. Please remember that you can download the full pdf e-newsletter by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. 


In the 1st new lead article “Food Safety Challenges: The Case of Aflatoxin”, Rose Njeru provides a comprehensive overview of current research and risk management measures for minimizing aflatoxin contamination. While research is ongoing to improve resistance, empowering farmers with knowledge and applying, enforcing and monitoring compliance with the strict food safety standards are proving successful in reducing the risks. 

In the 2nd new K4D lead Processing as a driver of agricultural development: the case of Makerere University Food Technology and Business Incubation Centre (FTBIC), Uganda”, John Muyonga, shares insights on how the FTBIC, is supporting his university’s efforts in creating a new breed of graduate agro-entrepreneurs as well as contributing to the evolution of the agro-processing sector in Uganda.  

In the 3rd new K4D lead article “Building Capacity for Value Addition: The case of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago” Neela Badrie, provides an exposé on recent efforts including strengthening international linkages for remodelling her institution so that it can serve as a state of the art agricultural and food research hub for the Caribbean region. 

We encourage you to read the draft CTA/ASARECA policy brief on “Seed Systems, Science and Policy” which was developed through CTA support for selected universities in sub-Saharan Africa to undertake a SWOT of their contribution to integrated seed sector development and document their findings. The papers were presented at a CTA sponsored side event during the ASARECA General Assembly in Burundi in December 2013 and the draft policy brief was presented to private sector actors attending an ASARECA/EAGC workshop in Kenya in October 2014. Your comments are welcome. 

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Judith Ann Francis
 Senior Programme Coordinator Science and Technology Policy
 CTA, The Netherlands

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