Foodborne Fracas

Foodborne illness has a massive but little recognized impact in Africa, as illustrated by a new report from the World Bank's Global Food Safety Partnership.

Africa has the highest per-capita rate of foodborne illnesses, but food safety efforts on the continent are disproportionately focused on ensuring the safety of exports to other countries—at the expense of domestic food safety.

While foodborne illness leads to 137,000 deaths a year in Africa, the report found that more than half of donor-sponsored food safety projects were “overwhelmingly” focused on overseas markets—like assuring that Ghanaian cocoa reaches US FDA standards.


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