High Level Policy and Strategy Sessions

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Attendees talk about their experience following Policy and Strategy Sessions in Kenya

“Our people are facing easy deaths. I am glad and grateful that this project has taken place and that the people of Meru County are not going to die anymore from the poison in their food.” – Hon. Paul Mworia Bagiine

Since its implementation, APTECA has conducted stakeholder meetings which include activities such as regulatory mapping and assisting government entities develop model bills, policies and rules to help manage aflatoxin risk. The central focus of these efforts involves the adoption of a co-regulation governance option, also referred to as shared governance or a public-private partnership.

Strategy Pillars

The first series of high level policy meetings began in 2017 and involved members of Parliament, government agency directors, and industry association leaders. These meetings then led to a 5-day workshop at Maanzoni Lodge that resulted in a preliminary draft of a model bill, which was further refined during a two-day writing session involving government agency personnel from KEPHIS, MOH, KALRO, and AFA. In 2019, public and private sector leaders from Meru County convened on the campus of the University of Nairobi to strategize on how the county plans to adopt this model bill.


  • Engaging stakeholders in discussing the pillars to managing aflatoxin risk
  • Identifying the current capacity and regulatory authority
  • Developing a roadmap to manage aflatoxin risk


  • January 2017 – 1st High Level Breakfast Meeting
  • March 2017 – 2nd High Level Breakfast Meeting
  • May 2017 – 3rd High Level Breakfast Meeting
  • June 2017 – High Level Strategy and Writing Session at Maanzoni Lodge | Agenda and Materials | Aflatoxin Risk Management Implementation Plan
  • November 2017 – Writing Session with KEPHIS, MOH, KALRO, and AFA | Model Bill
  • November 2017 – 4th High Level Breakfast Meeting
  • January 2019 – High Level Strategy and Writing Session in Meru County | Agenda and Materials

Writing Team Onesmus Mwaniki, Robert Kilonzo, John Ndung’u, and Emily Karanja during a bill writing session
Hon. Bagiine at Podium Hon. Paul Mworia Bagiine speaks about the aflatoxin problem in Meru County
Hon. Bagiine at Podium Stakeholders attend a writing session to develop a regulatory roadmap and to outline a draft model bill