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Presenter: Dr Phiyani Lebea, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Presenter: Prof Olugbenga Ben Ogunmoyela, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology, Nigeria
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The health and nutrition challenges are priorities at the African Union agenda for the continent socioeconomic development. The STISA-2014 policy framework has been adopted by the African Union Member States to addresses the critical socioeconomic priority areas of eradicating hunger and ensuring food and nutrition security; disease prevention and control; communication; protection of space; building the community and wealth creation. The STISA-2014 is a multi-functional tool for providing members states ample opportunities to undertake multidisciplinary research, technology development and innovation to address the health and malnutrition problems on the African continent, among other things.
The priority issues identified at the African Union are also being discussed at research levels by research institutions including the universities and even at private sector level to find ways or mechanisms on how technology and innovation could be deployed on the market to address the nutrition and health challenges on the African market. The international funding mechanisms are proactive to address these challenges through collaborative scientific projects involving private sector that they could fund. It has been emphasised that the continent needs science, technology and innovation to contribute towards transformation of food and nutrition and health status in order to fast-tract the continent’s socioeconomic development.
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CSIR point-of-care diagnostic research group leader: Dr Lebea’s research interest lies in the development of assays and techniques related specifically to animal health – this are in endemic infectious diseases in animals and any diagnostics and vaccine related topics. Dr Phiyani Lebea holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from North-West University. He joined the CSIR in 2006 and he’s currently a research group leader for the CSIR’s point-of-care research group as well as coordinating a multi-country foot-mouth diseases programme with multi-institute participation as the main coordinator. Dr Lebea has passion in research and development of assays and techniques related specifically to animal health. His interests lie in endemic infectious diseases in animals and any diagnostics and vaccine related topics. Dr Lebea current role at CSIR is point-of-care diagnostic research group leader.
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Professor Lugbenga Akinbajo Ben Ogunmoyela is an experienced academic researcher and consultant who has been in the forefront of food fortification in Nigeria for over two decades. He has over 40 years of research experience, both in academia and private sector. He holds various General Management positions for over 15 years in industry both in Cadbury Nigeria Plc and Honeywell Flour Mills Limited. He had made notable contributions in industrial Research and Development in Cadbury Nigeria Plc, especially as Project Leader for the successful reformulation and fortification of ‘Bournvita’, a cocoa-based beverage which was the first voluntary fortification project in Nigeria in 1994. He was instrumental to the establishment of the National Fortification Alliance as a coalition of Industry, Government and Non-governmental organisations in Nigeria in 2008. He was until recently, the Dean of the College of Food Sciences in Bells University of Technology Ota, a position he held since 2006 combined with a successful industrial consultancy practice mainly in the Bakery, Flour Confectionery and Beverage industries. Currently, Professor Lugbenga Akinbajo Ben Ogunmoyela is the Dean of Postgraduate School in the same University.