TANIPAC project has participated in World Food Day 2019 held at Bombardier grounds in the Singida region for addressing the demands of component two. The exhibitions had a slogan "LISHE BORA KWA ULIMWENGU USIO NA NJAA'' of which TANIPAC fits-in. This is because TANIPAC project overall goal is address poverty food security and public health as corresponding to SDG 1,2 and 3 which is also the target for the WFD celebrations.
TANIPAC project, on the other hand, is addressing unhealthy diet issues including food safety, stunting and malnutrition challenges facing the nation. By reducing aflatoxin contamination and exposure through foods, we are contributing to poverty reduction by increasing trade, increasing food and nutrients availability, thus improve the immune system and health generally. Therefore our present at this year’s celebration will make changes to people’s eating behavior by adopting safe and healthy diet practices for improved health.
The World Food Day officially commenced on 10th October 2019 and closed on 16th October 2019 with statements from the host region, the government and UN organizations regarding changing behavior and practices for attaining the SDGs for zero hunger, health and well-being. Apart from TANIPAC Project, other organizations who participated in the world food celebrations included Government Institutions, development partners, and private entrepreneurs that operates in agricultural sector.
Objective of TANIPAC Project Participation in WFD 2019
The objective of participating in these exhibitions to mark the 2019 World Food Day was to introduce the TANIPAC Project to the public, as well as to raise awareness to the public about aflatoxin occurrence in food system and its negative consequences to health and the economy, and strategies for its control.
The TANIPAC team was led by Mr. Clepin Josephat (Project Coordinator), and was composed of Mr. Mohamed Chikawe (Economist and Budget Officer), Mr. Kassim Msuya (M&E Specialist). Others include Mr. Benny Rushunju (Food Safety Specialist), Eng. Alphonce Ntanga (Project Engineer), Mr. Eli Barongo (Financial Specialist) and MS. Rose Kapungu (Office Administrator).
The team worked closely with officials from the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) under the leadership of Dr. Happy Magoha (Country Coordinator, PACA).The project also partnered with AgroZ and IITA in order to comprehensively address the issue of aflatoxin from practices to technologies.