UNIDO and the Foundation FSSC – a global, non-profit and independent scheme owner that implements ISO-based management systems for global food safety in the consumer goods industry – signed a trust fund agreement to promote food safety from farm to fork in low- and middle-income countries.
At the agreement signing ceremony, Bernardo Calzadilla, Managing Director of UNIDO’s Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business, said that “safe food is key for good health and health is key for enhancing economic activity and growth”. He emphasized UNIDO's role and strong track record in promoting food safety along the entire value chain through effective food safety capacity building initiatives and thanked the FSSC Foundation for its efforts to address food safety challenges by investing in developing local capacities.
“Giving back is a key element to achieving FSSC’s vision for creating a better world, and the partnership with UNIDO forms an integral part of our giving-back strategy”, said Aldin Hilbrands, Director General of the Foundation FSSC.
The UNDO project “Promoting food safety from farm to fork in low and middle-income countries”, which runs for an initial three-year period, aims to develop robust food safety systems in selected low- and middle-income countries through capacity-building activities to reduce the socio-economic impact of foodborne diseases. Each year, two selected low- and middle-income countries will be supported to build a culture of food safety at different levels. From food safety professionals and small and medium enterprises to national food associations and food safety authorities, the aim is to ensure that the food they produce or control is safe for local consumption.
Read press release here.
For further information contact Ali Badarneh (A.Badarneh [at] unido.org)