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What is the Feed Safety Multi-Stakeholder Partnership?

The Feed Safety Multi-Stakeholder Partnership is a FAO-led Partnership for Capacity Development for Feed Safety, with the objective to strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders along the feed and food value chain to produce and supply safer feed - thereby contributing to animal health and welfare and enhancing food safety and food security.

The Partnership addresses feed safety in the feed and food continuum that includes feed ingredients, feed inputs, feeding practices, feed handling, packaging, transportation, storage and manufacture. Activities of the Partnership will be relevant to all major feed and livestock products and related supply chains. Some activities will benefit stakeholders globally, while others will address more localized feed safety issues. The primary beneficiaries will be producers and policy-makers in feed and livestock producing countries. Producers will benefit through the development of capacities to address feed safety issues.

In particular the Partnerships’ purpose is to:

  • strengthen and develop technical and functional capacities of producers, policy makers and other operators along the supply and production chain;
  • share best practices and risk-based measures for preventing and controlling hazards in feed;
  • support smallholders in reducing health risks for their animals and in reducing feed and food losses; and
  • create and share scientific knowledge on new feed and technologies. 

All activities implemented in the Feed Safety Multi-Stakeholder Partnership will follow a capacity development approach. Capacity development addresses different dimensions: i) individual; ii) organizational; and iii) the enabling environment. It considers social, economic and policy aspects, together with technical ones, and provides stakeholders and countries a leading role to ensure the sustainability of activities.

And how does it work?

Capacities developed in the individual dimension lead to changes in skills, behaviours and attitudes among actors in livestock, feed and food sectors. Training, knowledge sharing, and networking are ways of strengthening capacities in this dimension. Strengthening capacities in the organizational dimension  consists of taking measures to improve the overall functioning and performance of an organization or institution. This dimension impacts directly how individuals within the organization develop their competencies and use their capabilities. The enabling environment is where capacity development takes place, meaning the setting where individuals and organizations put capabilities into action. It includes: i) political commitment and vision; ii) policy, legal and economic frameworks; iii) budget allocations and processes; iv) governance and power structures; and v) incentives and social norms.

The development of technical and functional capacities in the three dimensions is fundamental in ensuring feed safety. Technical capacities are needed by individuals to take responsibility in ensuring the safety of feed. These include, among others, the capacity to implement good agricultural practices, good manufacturing practices and marketing and laboratory practices. Functional capacities are needed to uptake and sustain changes at governmental, farm, industry and professional level to ensure that the technical know-how is embodied in local systems and processes in a sustainable way.

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