Scientific cooperation in consumer health protection in Africa and Europe

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"In times of global supply chains, the close scientific exchange between Africa and Europe is of great importance to us all," says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "We are pleased that we are managing to level a path for future cooperation between institutions from both countries and different continents and discuss and further develop strategies for dealing with foodborne illnesses and antimicrobial resistance".

The goal of the workshop is to strengthen research cooperation between ILRI and the German institutions, to exchange views and ideas on research activities and results and to develop joint projects. The BfR is participating in work groups on institutional cooperation, on foodborne zoonoses transferred via parasites and on microbial resistance. It was preceded by a meeting of ILRI directors with the partner organisations in Germany in 2017, at which possible areas for cooperation were identified.

ILRI is an institute with its headquarters in Kenya, which pursues the goal of strengthening food safety in Africa and minimising poverty by researching better and sustainable methods for handling livestock. Among the main areas of research are the control of diseases in livestock, the increase of their productivity and the maintenance of the genetic diversity of livestock breeds. ILRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), in which organisations made up from governments, the private sector and civil society have joined forces all over the world.

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