Grace, D., Dominguez-Salas, P., Alonso, S., Fahrion, A., Haesler, B., Heilmann, M., Hoffmann, V., Kang’ethe, E., Roesel, K. and Lore, T. 2018. Food safety metrics relevant to low and middle income countries. Technical Brief. Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy Food Safety Working Group. Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions programme. London, UK
The safety of food is a matter of growing concern, especially following the recent publication of the first ever global study on the burden of foodborne diseases.
The study by the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group of the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly a decade in the making, estimated that the global burden of foodborne diseases was comparable to that of HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis; with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) bearing 98% of this burden.
Yet despite this heavy burden among LMICs, the systems and practices for monitoring foodborne hazards and risks, food safety system performance and related disease outcomes are predominantly utilised in high income countries (HICs). Whilst there are many promising approaches to managing food safety in LMICs, few have demonstrated sustainable impact at scale.
In order to better understand how this gap can be closed the Food Safety Working Group have produced two reports - a technical brief and an extended working paper - that synthesise the range of metrics available for measuring and monitoring food safety, with a focus on LMIC-contexts.
These outputs are designed to help researchers identify areas for further research, whilst offering an overview of existing tools and protocols to policymakers and practitioners.
- Apply for free AGORA ONLINE (English) COURSE (by 13 May 2018): Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture
- Webinar Recording: AGRIS (International System for Agricultural Science and Technology) for Agricultural Information Users
- Using DGroups for stakeholder engagement & participation
Berkhout, P., T. Achterbosch, S. van Berkum, H. Dagevos, J. Dengerink, A.P. van Duijn, I. Terluin, 2018. Global implications of the European Food System; A food systems approach. Wageningen, Wageningen Economic Research, Report 2018-051. 56 pp.
- 29 - 30 May, 2018: EU Food & Farming Forum, Brussels, Belgium
- 30 May - 1 June 2018 : 4th IAALD Africa Conference: Agricultural Innovations, Information and Knowledge: Catalyzing the Attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063, Pretoria
- 25-29 June 2018. Accra, Ghana. The 2018 ANH (Agriculture, Nutrition and Health) Academy Week. The ANH Academy builds on the successful legacy of five agri-health research conferences organised in London by the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH); as well as ongoing events and activities coordinated under the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), which is led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
- 30 -31 August 2018: SDG-Conference: Towards Zero Hunger - Partnerships for impact, the Netherlands
- 5 - 6 September 2018 : The international Congress FOOD 2030 Towards sustainable agri-food systems at the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart), Germany
- 5 - 8 November 2018 : SciDataCon 2018 : The Digital Frontiers of Global Science - part of International Data Week (Gaborone, Botswana) Now accepting submission for paper abstracts and posters!
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