Under the Regional Component of the African Great Lakes project - Improvement of food security in cross-border districts of Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda in support of modernization of agriculture under the NEPAD/CAADP framework (GTFS/RAF/391/ITA) - a regional food safety training was organized from 8-10 May, 2012, in Kigali, with the main objective to improve food security through enhancing food safety and quality awareness among the project beneficiaries.
The project is implemented in the cross-border districts of Burundi (Ngozi and Kayanza), Rwanda (Humure, Nyagatare and Butare), Uganda (Kabale and Kisoro) and recently also in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The project aims to increase incomes and living standards of the small rural householders, through more profitable crop system and increased market access. The project also addresses constraints specifically related to the post harvest segment of the value-chain.
The other specific objectives of the training have included: (I) to provide ToT (Training of Trainers) on food safety; (II) to enable participant countries for the organization of food safety training in each country for the producers and processors under the Great Lakes project (GTFS/RAF/391/ITA); (III) to initiate integration of food safety/quality activities with the other agricultural productivity activities throughout the VC commodities under the project.
The training was attended by a total of 25 participants from the four countries- Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo. The participants came from National Bureaus of Standards, Ministries of Agriculture, Industry and Trade, food laboratories, Customs Authorities, research and academia, Cooperatives, Service providers and private sector actors involved in the project.
Discussions and question and answer session was carried out on the responsibilities of actors in a national food safety system including government agencies, food business operators, consumers and NGOs.
More details can be found in the Report of the Training.