UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and GFSI (The Global Food Safety Initiative) established strategic partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding at the 60th Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit in South Africa.
The main goal of the partnership is to advance food safety in key regions – Africa, China, the Middle East and Southeast Asia – by developing large-scale food safety capability building projects.
Managing Director at UNIDO Philippe Scholtes said, “The World Health Organization estimates that up to 600 million people fall ill every year after eating contaminated food. Our collaboration with GFSI will further strengthen and promote multiple benefits of safe food for social inclusiveness, sustainability and industrial development.”
The partnership is expected to establish Food Safety Initiative in China, enhance the role of the private sector in the regional food safety harmonization in the Middle East, build UNIDO –GFSI multi-country multi-buyer project on capacity building for Africa, initiate a regional SSDP programme in Southeast Asia by scaling up the UNIDO-AEON Malaysia SSDP programme into a multi-country and multi-buyer initiative.
After implementing projects in these key regions, UNIDO and GFSI plan to continue developing projects in other locations. “We are very enthusiastic about the potential to have a bigger impact in these key regions thanks to this collaboration with UNIDO. Multi-sector collaboration is the way forward in achieving food safety across borders and barriers. Our joint efforts within this partnership will take us further and faster towards our vision of safe food for consumers, everywhere,” added Chair of the GFSI Board of Directors Mike Robach.
by Natalie Myhalnytska
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