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Course Details - Governance and Food Safety in International Food Chains

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • Explain key concepts and elements of national food safety system;
  • Describe current safety hazards and understand how these translate into risk and control limits;
  • Identify institutional constraints and options to improve national control systems;
  • Engage in setting up or improving elements of a (national) food safety control system;
  • Advise governments, sector organisations and development organisations on food safety governance issues;
  • Develop education and training programmes on food safety control.

The course includes lectures, real life examples, simulations, individual and group assignments, case studies and field trips. Participants can engage with experts, and have access to scientific information and methodologies. Prior to the training, participants are guided to follow a number of (internet based) learning modules to acquire an equal level of understanding and to conduct a self-assessment (business case identification). The course coordinators and contributing experts have a long term experience in food safety capacity building in developing countries and emerging economies.

Courses are currently online

Our courses are currently online and follow this format:

  • Pre-course assignments for you to get to know WCDI and for us to get to know your work environment and your expectations in relation to the course;
      • Interactive plenary sessions where we share contents, review assignment and facilitate exchanging experiences. During those interactive sessions we work with a number of online tools like Google Jamboard, Mural and Mentimeter;
  • Group work either online or offline where you with other participants address a specific question or do an assignment. Results of these assignments are also shared and discussed during online sessions;
      • Individual assignments where you will read literature, watch videos, and do excercises on your own. These assignments are an essential part of the learning and most of them count for getting the certificate. They are meant to introduce or deepen knowledge and make the link between theory and your own situation. These assignments are reviewed either by peers or facilitators.

In some, but not all, courses we go on virtual field visits – showing you ‘live’ situations in the field, or with companies or organizations that we collaborate with. We offer coaching trajectories where we support you one-on-one or in small groups to review your individual learning paths in the course and help with any basic questions you may have.

Online platforms: zoom and TalenLMS

Internet connection is important for the completion of the course. Not sure about the connection in your area? Send training.cdi@wur.nl  an e-mail about your situation.

We use Zoom as a facilitating platform for all our online courses. Our courses take place in general over a 6-8 week period to make the workload and time you spend online manageable.

Our online learning system is TalentLMS. Everything you need — our course programme, chatrooms, assignments, background information are in this system. TalentLMS is easy to operate, can also be accessed by your phone and has an on-and offline functionality. We even organize a technical check-in before the course starts, to test your facilities and get familiar with the tools.

Course planning and certificates

The courses workload is approximately 16-20 hours a week (2-2.5 workdays).

The exact data of your course will be available 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the course. If you’ve successfully completed your course we send you a digital certificate.

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