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Are you an individual or institution from or working in Africa with an innovation that addresses food losses and waste? Is your innovation original, feasible for commercialization, have potential for up-scaling and is at testing or market-ready stages?

If yes, submit your entry for the All-Africa Postharvest Technologies Challenge 2017  and be among 10 selected innovators who will showcase their innoations in a plenary session of all stakeholders during the 1st African Postharvest Congress and Exhibition scheduled for March 28 – 31, 2017 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.



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THEME: TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE THROUGH RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

The University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National Hospital 4th International Scientific Conference will this year take place from June 14 – 16, 2017 at the College of Health Sciences.

The conference aims to bring together leading scientists, health care professionals, participants and students from both public and private sectors to share knowledge and experiences that influence and shape health care delivery to achieve sustainable quality health care.

Participants are invited to participate in activities such as oral and poster presentations of their original research work, plenary talks, workshops and symposia.



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"Aflatoxins can be produced anytime and anywhere along the food and feed value chains. The presence of aflatoxins in food and feed have adversely affected the health of the population and the ability of the continent to trade with the rest of the world," Professor Sheila Okoth, University of Nairobi

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Aflatoxins are highly poisonous compounds produced by the Aspergillus fungus, which occur in soil. Several of the food crops grown in Africa, such as cassava, chili, groundnuts, maize, rice, sorghum, teff, and major cash crops such as coffee, cocoa, tea and sugarcane have been found to be contaminated with these dangerous toxins. They have also been found in processed foods such as peanut butter and foods from animal sources like egg and milk.

Aflatoxins cause cancers in humans and animals. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, aflatoxin B1 is the most potent natural carcinogen so far known. About 26,000 Africans living south of the Sahara die of liver cancer every year through chronic aflatoxin exposure.

Because of their potency and the wide range of commodities they affect, aflatoxins pose serious risks to human health, agricultural production and trade.

On 21 November 2016,the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA) and the African Union Commission's Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA)  launched a working paper entitled Improving the Evidence Base on Aflatoxin Contamination and Exposure in Africa: Strengthening the Agriculture-Nutrition Nexus.



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The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa invites applications for its democratic governance institute grants. These allow PhD students and early-career researchers to attend the next democratic governance institute on the topic of the African state and public cyber-security service, to be held from 31 October to 11 November 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.

The overall objective of the session is to anticipate on the construction of an African vision of public cyber-security service with a view to strengthening state integrity and sovereignty in Africa.



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The committee of the Nairobi Innovation Week would like to remind interested researchers that the deadline for submission of abstracts is 3rd June 2016. This deadline will not be extended.

The sub-themes are available on the poster: http://www.innovationweek.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/img/papers_2016.pdf

Best papers will be submitted for publication in a special edition of two international journals.



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