Food Safety and Nutrition


The Food Safety and Nutrition Programme supports Member States to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate policies, strategies and programmes to address all food safety and nutrition problems, towards attaining the highest possible level of food safety and optimal nutrition.

Unsafe food: a major health threat in the African Region
Unsafe food: a major health threat in the African Region
Consuming unsafe foods pose a significant public health threat in the African Region. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses are particularly vulnerable.

Food and water containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances are responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Meats, seafood, cooked rice, cooked pasta, milk, cheese and eggs are common types of food that can become unsafe very fast.

Africa’s health depends on improved nutrition
Africa’s health depends on improved nutritionA profound shift from communicable to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is under way in many parts of the African Region. Globally, NCDs are estimated to kill 38 million people each year and they threaten progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals and influence the post-2015 development agenda.

The four main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.

Fact sheets



guide-n-f-s-policyGuidelines for Developing and Implementing a National Food Safety Policy and Strategic Plan
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int-f-b-surveiManual for integrated foodborne disease surveillance in the WHO African Region [ Français ] [ Português ]