Today I am e-attending the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) meeting in Aarhus, Denmark as one of a few voices from the global “South”. The GFSP is a unique public-private initiative dedicated to improving the safety of food in middle-income and developing countries initiated by the World Bank. Food safety is a complex problem. In today’s world, food’s journey from meadow to meal or hook to cook can include multiple steps, many vehicles, and several transformations. As demand for food increases, food is increasingly making longer and more complicated journeys with more companies participating in its production and delivery. As a result, the opportunities for the introduction and spread of contamination increase. Tackling this takes an organised, coordinated approach—across borders, governments, and industry—to ensure the safety of the world’s food.
The GFSP brings together fishers and farmers, business and industry, governments, regulatory bodies, international development organisations, and civil society to drive a globally-coordinated and locally-driven food safety approach.
The GFSP combines food safety training and technical support so developing countries can improve their food safety systems and benefit from better compliance with food safety standards. This training is tailored to the specific needs of individual countries and segmented to reach all the way up, down and across the food value chain, the Partnership benefits small farmers, food processors, retailers, supervisory and regulatory agencies, and policy-makers, among others.
For more info please visit the GFSP website where you can sign up to become a partner if you feel you can add your expertise to the mix: http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/agriculture/brief/global-food-safety-partnership