The demand for fresh fruit & vegetables (F&V) is growing in many low and middle income economies. At the same time these countries are struggling to implement sanitary (food safety) and phytosanitary regulations. This affects the quality of F&V for the domestic market but also hampers export to the region and international markets such as the EU. Major issues include pesticide residues, contaminants and mycotoxins.
The refresher course ‘Food Safety and phytosanitary measures in global horticulture supply chains’ explores the interlinkages between horticulture, food safety, food systems and the role of women & youth. To address these issues related to food safety, it is important to identify clear strategies to prevent and mitigate risks. Proper institutional arrangements must be in place to catalyse the adoption of good practices and to support the implementation of sustainability standards.
Together with other course participants and various guest speakers, you will explore the underlying reasons, institutional, knowledge and external factors, that hamper the production and trade of safe and quality fruit & vegetable. Many participants are likely to come from organisations involved in advising farmers, food safety, trade and market access. Understanding the specific issues regarding food safety and trade but also the necessary institutional arrangements will empower them to execute their work more effectively. Highlighting the emerging challenges and innovations will emphasize areas that need attention in their organisations and countries.
What is included
This course is organized by WCDI (Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation) in collaboration with NFP Alumni from UNSIKA (University of Singaperbangsa Karawang), Karawang, Indonesia.
During the course, you will work in smaller peer groups on real life case studies where you will be guided from analysis to action planning. The course is interactive and hands-on and many participatory methods will be used such as discussions, field visits, expert input to stimulate dialogue, innovative thinking and group work. As the course takes place in Indonesia, we will see the real examples of the vegetable sector in an emerging economy. Focus will also be on the role of youth entering the sector as well as women as main actors in food production. During field trip we will explore these dynamics in Indonesia.
Who can attend
It is intended for NFP alumni and their colleagues that successfully completed one of the following courses of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation in the period 2012 - 2017:
- Intergrated Pest Management and Food Safety
- Governance and Food Safety
- Lost Harvest and Wasted Food
- Horticulture Sector Development
- Agriculture in Transition
- Market Access for Food and Nutrition Security
- Local Economic Development
- Multi-Stakeholder processes
- Seed Potato
- Organised farmers as Partners in Agribusiness
- Food Systems: towards Food Security in an Urbanising Society
- Global One Health
The learning objectives:
- to increase participants knowledge on recent developments in food safety standards, good agricultural practices, and innovative approaches in enhancing food & nutrition security and trade
- to assess opportunities and challenges in the domain of horticulture, food safety, food & nutrition security and trade through participatory methods and multi-stakeholder analysis
- to learn through using the plant health challenges in Indonesia as an example, how to formulate solutions for participants own and their country’s context
- to provide opportunity for exchange of experiences and development of new ideas between participating professionals
- analyse and develop their current situation based on the global standards and vision
We are aiming for a balanced mix of participants from NGO, government, universities and research institutes, countries, gender and age. Work experience, motivation and the relevance of the course for the participants work are guiding in the selection process.
- Apply latest September 15, 2019 via the apply button on this website. Early application is recommended as some procedures to finalise subscription (e.g. funding, visa) can take some time. Please also include a following motivation letter.
- As the application process takes time and requires several documents, we recommend that you start as soon as possible. A limited number of scholarships is available. You will be informed by WCDI if you have been awarded a scholarship once the selection has been done.