Risky Business: Food Safety Concerns in Agricultural Development
Meeting food safety standards is an increasing constraint to market access for farmers in developing countries. Recent studies show that the global health burden of foodborne disease (FBD) is equivalent to malaria, tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS, which is why the development community needs new approaches to addressing food safety, where risks are pervasive, costs of compliance are high, and enforcement capacity is weak.
Join our July Ag Sector Council seminar as presenters introduce key food safety issues of concern to agricultural development practitioners. Ahmed Kablan (USAID/BFS) will provide an overview of Feed the Future’s approach to food safety. Jagger Harvey, Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss, will discuss the growing threat of toxin contamination of a range of crops and integrated approaches to effectively and sustainably address this challenge. Finally, Delia Grace (International Livestock Research Institute) will discuss how stakeholder engagement and incentive-based processes can lead to better food safety outcomes than conventional command and control approaches to regulating food safety.
USAID Bureau for Food Security
Kansas State University