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RCCE for COVID-19 prevention III | Food Safety Guidelines: Keeping workers safe along the food chain in acutely food insecure contexts

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A webinar facilitated by KORE with support from and in collaboration with FAO's Food Systems and Food Safety Division (ESF), and the "Strengthening multi-sectoral coordination across relevant sectors to mitigate risks of COVID-19 transmission along the food supply chain"  Working Group.

Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) for COVID-19 prevention along the food supply chain webinar seriesFood Safety Guidelines: Keeping workers safe along the food supply chain within the most acutely food insecure countries

30 June 2021 – 12.00 - 13.30 CEST (UTC+2)

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  • Simone Moraeis Raszl, Technical Officer – Food Safety, WHO Western Pacific
  • Jeffrey LeJeune, Food Safety Officer, Food Systems and Food Safety Division, FAO


  • Halshka Graczyk, Technical Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), Labour Administration, Labour Inspection, Occupational Safety and Health Branch, International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Jeffrey LeJeune, Food Safety Officer, Food Systems and Food Safety Division, FAO


  • Wilson Makuwaza, Livestock Development Officer, FAO South Sudan
  • Simon Doherty, Chairman, Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) Technical Group on Food Safety and Sustainability
  • Peter Sousza Hoejskov, Technical Officer – Food Safety and Zoonotic Diseases, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Keeping food and food workers safe is even more complex during a global pandemic crisis and all stakeholders must contribute to maintaining 360° oversight of every aspect of the food supply chain. Food supply chain workers play an indispensable role in sustaining the movement of food along the supply chain. Therefore, keeping workers, production facilities, transport infrastructure and all other areas in the supply chain safe, is critical for mitigating the impacts of this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis

As part of the comprehensive COVID-19 response and recovery programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners are working to prevent the pandemic from disrupting food systems. Concerted efforts on the food supply chain and more specifically the health and safety of workers, will help the most food insecure countries mitigate the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and boost resilience for the long term by facilitating food and agricultural trade, preventing the spreading of any future zoonotic pandemic and helping the transition of the food systems towards sustainability. Component IV of FAO’s COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan is supporting awareness-raising and sensitization campaigns among food workers at all levels. 

Against this background, this webinar brings together diverse partners and experts from the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and FAO,  to discuss issues surrounding occupational health and safety risks along the food supply chain.The discussions will highlight global guidelines and explore some mitigation experiences and key learnings from the most acutely food insecure contexts. This webinar seeks to:

  • Reflect on the current occupational risks of workers along the food supply chain and the necessary measures to ensure that they are protected as well as to mitigate spread.  
  • Highlight gaps and occupational health and safety risks/challenges especially in the most acutely food insecure countries.
  • Strengthen coordination and collaboration among relevant organizations to assist the flow of information from reliable sources.

For any issue, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

This webinar is made possible by the support provided by the European Union, under the Partnership Programme contributing to the Global Network Against Food Crises, and the American People through the U.S. Agency for International Development. The contents of this webinar are the sole responsibility of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union, USAID, or the United States Government.

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