Food safety in Africa: past endeavors and future directions

African countries should channel additional investments in food safety as a means to boost nutrition status of citizens and tackle ailments linked to contamination of key staples, says a report launched. The global food safety partnership report found that Africa has the highest level of food contamination worldwide, and the phenomenon is to blame for human capital losses estimated at 16.7 billion U.S. dollars annually. More than half of donor funded food safety initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are focused on overseas markets, with less than half on domestic consumers, says the report.