Developing food safety solutions across countries and regions begins with a firm understanding of activities and commitments from among all actors, following with a collaborative approach that is rooted in best practices and knowledge sharing to identifying gaps and effective solutions. This is at the heart of planned GFSP engagement in sub-Saharan Africa which will map and analyze the initiatives, projects, and resources devoted to food safety capacity building by a wide range of public and multilateral development organizations. Major food industry capacity building initiatives will also be identified and assessed.
Web-based data collection will be followed by direct engagement with the donor and industry organizations to validate the information. The project will also include structured interviews with 40-50 key experts and stakeholders with direct knowledge of past and current programs.
The GFSP-funded project, additionally supported by contributions from Cargill, Mars and Walmart, builds on the notion that the widely-shared goal of food safety can unify disparate groups and foster collaboration that maximizes benefits for all. In this spirit, the project is being conducted in consultation with the African Union (AU) Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, AU-IBAR, FAO, WHO, OIE, UNIDO, the Standards and Trade Development Facility at the WTO, USAID, and the Canadian Food Safety Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Expected Project Results
Through this initiative we hope to improve the quantity and quality of food safety capacity building by providing information and analysis that public and private institutions can use to better target, prioritize, coordinate and evaluate their capacity building efforts. Further, it is our intention to stimulate dialogue and partnership among donor agencies and national governments and between the public sector and the wide range of private sector stakeholders – farmers, processors, traders and retailers – who have a stake in food safety and the success of the African food system.