As a food scientist and human nutritionist at the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, I strongly believe that in these precarious times of COVID-19, we have to focus on improving our food system so that women, and especially pregnant women, are not disproportionately affected by food-borne mutagens and carcinogens throughout their term.
We need equal access to a healthy and productive life for a stronger and more productive economy. However, is it possible in Kenya? Looking at my country and the farming households I serve in the course of my work, I want the priorities of African women to become development priorities. On World Food Safety Day, I wish for two things: a safe food system free from aflatoxin, and a food system that is traceable and fully transparent.