Call for Abstracts

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Theme: Advancing Safe Food for a Healthy Life

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are a leading cause of death globally, killing an estimated 40 million people annually. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 2015, NCDs were responsible for 70% of the world's 56 million deaths, with 27% (15 million) dying prematurely (between the ages of 30 and 70). Over 80% of these premature deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries.

WHO estimates that deaths from NCDs are likely to increase globally by 17% over the next 10 years, and the Africa Region will experience a 27% increase, that is 28 million additional deaths from these conditions which are projected to exceed deaths due to communicable, maternal, prenatal, and nutritional diseases combined by 2030. 

This conference is therefore planned to address issues of food safety concern that are linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) starting with soil health or lack of it. The goal of the conference is to bring together multidisciplinary scholars and scientists, environmentalists, agriculturalists, food and hospitality industry, nutritionists, physicians, public health, NGOs, distributors, traders, consumer organizations, policy makers, food legislators and civil society to share evidence based research and disseminate findings on issues of food safety concern and how they relate to NCDs.

The Non-communicable diseases alliance of Kenya (NCDAK) and other co-hosts welcomes you to the 1st International safe food and NCDs Congress to be held at Nairobi Hospital Convenon Centre, Nairobi, Kenya between 26th – 28th August 2020. The theme of the conference is “Advancing Safe Food for a Healthy Life”

Call for Abstracts is now open until 30th April 2020

THE CONGRESS OBJECTIVES ARE:

Create evidence-based awareness on the importance of food safety and the link with non communication diseases (NCDs).

Provide a platform for sharing the latest scientific evidence on food safety concerns ranging from soil (agrochemicals), postharvest contamination (Mycotoxins and other microbials) and food processing contaminants (trans-fats and additives) 

Build networks and partnerships for information sharing and capacity building to influence policy change for safer foods  

Develop an action plan informed by the Congress findings to engage policymakers and other stakeholders.

Sub-Theme 1: Soil health, agrochemicals and NCDs

  1. Use of synthetic inputs and how they are linked to NCDs
  2. Linking productions systems to food safety and NCDs
  3. Seed inputs (hybrid, organic and GMOs seeds), productivity and the link to NCDs

Sub-Theme 2: Microbial food contamination and NCDs

  1. Mycotoxins, and NCDs
  2. Bacterial contamination and NCDs
  3. Food production, handling and consumer practice link to food safety and NCDs

Sub-Theme 3: Food processing and NCDS

  1. Industrial food processing, additives and NCDs.
  2. Food preparation methods, additives, food safety and NCDs
  3. Big data analytics as a solution to food safety and NCDs

Sub-Theme 4: Agroecology food systems as a solution to NCDS

  1. Success stories of agroecology as a solution to NCDs
  2. Organic food production, market access and the link to NCDs
  3. A systems thinking approach to food safety, climate change mitigation and Health

Registration Fee

  • Students – USD 50
  • Kenyans & East Africa – USD 150
  • International participants – USD 250
  • Exhibitors/exhibiting space – USD 500

Abstract Preparation

Abstracts submitted may represent original research articles, reviews and position papers. Accepted abstracts will be reproduced unedited in the electronic Compilation of Book of Abstracts. You can submit more than one abstracts.

The abstracts should contain title, author names, affiliation and contacts, maximum 300 words, Times New Roman font 12, single line spacing. For those wishing to present their work in a poster, guidelines on poster preparation will be communicated after abstract acceptance.

Participants wishing their papers to be published in the Conference Proceedings Publication will be required to submit full papers in editable form after notification of abstract acceptance

Submission of abstracts

Abstracts will be submitted online, kindly send an editable copy of your abstract to: foodsafety@congress.organicconsumers.co.ke.   No paper copies will be accepted or processed.

Acceptance of Abstracts

Abstracts will either be accepted for oral or poster presentation. While this remains the judgment of the abstract scientific review committee, participants wishing to have poster presentation are invited to communicate such information. Authors will be informed by 30th May 2020 on the ourcome of the abstracts.

For important dates and conference information please check the congress website: https://www.congress.organicconsumers.co.ke/