Governance & food safety in international food chains

Are you already working up to standards? Many national food safety control systems fail to provide an appropriate level of protection. Or they create barriers to producers, manufacturers and retail to develop a sustainable business. How can you design and implement a control system that is adequate, efficient and contributes to sustainable trade?

Organisator Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

ma 9 maart 2015 tot vr 27 maart 2015

Food safety as the guiding principle of your daily work

Food safety essential to sustainable prosperity

Safe, good quality food is essential to public health and long-term economic development. Ensuring the safety and quality of food exports promotes international trade, and thus provides a means of generating growth and reducing poverty. This three-week course empowers you to manage food safety throughout the value chain. You will get

  1. a comprehensive overview of functional elements like standards and regulations, monitoring and surveillance, control management, inspection and certification, and communication, training and education.
  2. a step-wise approach to improve your own control system: benchmark current practice, identify local challenges and opportunities and design a strategy to manage the change process.

By using real life examples you will recognize and address the real challenges, focusing on consumer attitudes, market requirements and scientific foundations of food safety.

The course includes lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies and field trips.

Course objectives

Upon completion you will be able to:

  • understand key concepts and elements of national food safety;
  • 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;
  • identify institutional constraints and options to improve national control systems;
  • describe current safety hazards and understand how these translate into risk and control limits;
  • translate these options into an action plan, training or dissemination programme.

Target audience

This course is aimed at business, civic society or government professionals engaged in food control systems. Participants need to have a professional education and at least three years of professional experience in agri-food chains, be proficient in the English language and have some computer skills.