Food fraud in Africa: a silent but deadly threat to global food security

Dr Ernest Teye, Director of The Africa Centre for Food Fraud and Safety, underlines the importance of innovation in the fight against food fraud in sub-Saharan Africa and demonstrates recent progress in the region.

The issue of food fraud has reached epic proportions; across the world, fraud accounts for up to 25 percent of all food safety incidents.1 It is a threat which costs the global food industry $30‑$40 billion per year.2 As such, the need for innovative and accessible solutions has never been more pressing or globally relevant. My personal focus is on bringing this issue to the forefront of policy-makers’ agendas and the public consciousness in West Africa.