Business Drivers for Food Safety
Farm products pass through many hands on their way to consumers. Some foods are sold closer to the point of production in village markets, whereas some move through complex systems of aggregators, transporters, storage operators, and retailers, on their way to small towns and urban centers. As it moves through this system, food is susceptible to contamination and spoilage, resulting in seriously negative impacts on health, nutrition, economic development, and general well-being.
Local businesses within this system – micro, small, and mediumsized food enterprises (SMEs) – have the potential, however, to substantially reduce these negative effects by adopting better food safety standards and practices. FTF’s Business Drivers for Food Safety project (BD4FS) aims to strengthen capacities of these key actors and make them agents of positive change in the effort to reduce malnutrition, pre-consumer food loss, and overall hunger.