Food Composition Program of AFROFOODS
An African Network of Food Data System (AFROFOODS) as part of the International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS) was established in September 1994 in Ghana. This was followed by a meeting in Dakar (Ghana) during May 1995 during which activities were reestablished. Capacity building and training in analytical methods and compilation of food composition data were identified as a pre-requisite for progress during both the meetings. During a workshop in May 1996 a module on Food Composition and Hygiene for an MSc in Food and Nutrition Sciences in developing countries for the Network of European Agricultural Universities (NATURA)-NECTAR group as part of an EU-financed program was drawn up. The module was based on the existing Food Composition Course of Wageningen Agricultural University and was first tested in South Africa during 1997 at the University of the Western Cape. The 2nd ECSAFOODS course was held in 1999 at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in Pretoria, South Africa, with a third course planned for 2002. During an AFROFOODS meeting that was held in Pretoria, South Africa, six working groups were elected (June 2001), namely for: training, analytical procedures, communication and dissemination, use of food composition databases, food legislation, standards and regulations and data compilation. AFROFOODS seem to lag behind other data centers with regard to the progress they have made during the same time period. Capacity building in the AFROFOODS region stays one of the major priorities for the immediate future, to equip people to assist their own countries in reaching the ultimate goal of being able to compile good-quality food composition tables that reflect the individual food components in the diet of the different people within the country.
Current member countries of the Africa region (51 in total ) are Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.