Cost-effective management tools for ensuring food quality and safety
  Cost-effective management tools
for ensuring food quality and safety

FAO Training Materials for Agricultural Management Marketing and Finance 11


Cost-effective management tools for
ensuring food quality and safety

FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM AGRO-INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES

Facilitatorsí manual


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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2009


ABSTRACT

The purpose of this manual is to improve and build the capacities of small and medium agro-industrial enterprises in order to guarantee the quality and safety of food products. The approach integrates the different factors that affect the capacity of a business to produce foods to meet market expectations and recognized standards, while maintaining and increasing the profitability and life of the business. Management and technical aspects are integrated through a practical and cost-effective approach.

The manual includes four modules on the following subjects: the use of market information for improving quality management; systems and tools for improving quality and safety management in agro-industry; the application of quality management principles in small and medium agro-industrial enterprises; planning as a tool for improving quality and safety management.

The manual contains case studies, exercises and bibliographic references, as well as a trainersí guide, PowerPoint presentations (on CD-ROM), appendices with further reading, links of interest and a glossary. The manual aims to assist trainers and entrepreneurs wishing to use the material for self-learning. With this manual, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) provides the small and medium agro-industry sector in developing countries with an important tool for improving competitiveness and the capacity to deliver high-quality products to consumers.



Table of Contents

Facilitatorsí manual

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Module 1
Use of market information for improving quality management

  pdf [1.5Mb]
   

Module 2
Systems and tools for improving quality and safety management in agro-industries

   [1.9Mb]
   

Module 3
Application of quality management principles in small and medium agro-industrial enterprises

   [3.6Mb]
   

Module 4
Planning as a tool for improving quality and safety management

   [854kb]

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