Global Food Safety Partnership 3rd Annual Conference

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GFSP_LogoThe 3rd Annual Conference of the Global Food Safety Partnership is taking place between 8 – 12 December 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa. It will consist of various information sharing sessions and bilateral meetings that will allow the GFSP partners to exchange ideas and updates on the food safety sector. More focused discussions will take place in the context of Working Group meetings and the Round Table meetings that are expected to summarize the discussions that will take place over the previous days.

Agro-Know CEO Nikos Manouselis is participating in the Conference on behalf of Agro-Know and he is expected to contribute not only to the Database Subgroup and the Knowledge & Learning Systems Group of GFSP (to which Agro-Know is an active contributor) but also to propose the Agro-Know data-powered solutions that will benefit GFSP.… Click to read the full post

The GFSP Open Source Platform for Food Safety Capacity Building: Hands-on session

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GFSP_logoLast week, we worked together with our GFSP colleagues from the World Bank and CCCET Global to prepare a presentation of the technology platform that we would like to see being set up to support such a large scale network of institutions. We took advantage of a GFSP event titled “Food Safety in Dairy Development Stakeholder Consultation Workshop – East Africa that took place on November 3rd and 4th, at the Nairobi campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI, one of the CGIAR consortium centres). Our aim was to help Amy Evans from the GFSP Secretariat of the World Bank give a talk about the rationale and need for putting such a platform in place.… Click to read the full post

Visiting the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

The GFSP discovery service demonstrator that we customised for JIFSAN. It looks and feels like the JIFSAN web site and could be integrated into it, while being powered by the GFSP backbone. Only a sample of data has been populated but you can get a feeling yourself: greenlearningnetwork.com/jifsan/
As part of my Washington visit meeting in July’14, I also had the opportunity to meet with one of the great people that we have the pleasure to work with in the context of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP).On July 8th, I arranged a visit to the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), to meet in person the Lab Manager Janie Dubois. Janie is one of the people that volunteered to serve as a case study for the analysis that the Knowledge and Learning Systems WG of the GFSP is doing on food safety information related data.
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Open data+models for food safety: a first small step in making a really big difference

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One of the great things about being part of the Knowledge & Learning Systems Working Group (KLSWG) at a private-public network like the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) is that our team (a) works with some amazing people around the world that are pioneering the way that education & training takes place today in our sector; and (b) has a unique opportunity to validate innovative tools & ideas with the people that actually do this for a living and at an important scale.

This is exactly what bright people like Paul Stacey (Associate Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons), Garin Fons (Programs Manager, Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin), and Theresa Bernardo (Founder, One Health Knowledge Initiatives & Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Health Informatics, Michigan State University – and TEDx speaker 🙂 ) did in a concept paper that was just released for discussion & reflection among the GFSP network members.… Click to read the full post

OpenEd-powered global food safety?

It was about a year ago when I traveled to snowy Michigan in order to take part to a very interesting event that the MSUglobal team of the Michigan State University (MSU) hosted in East Lansing: the Open Knowledge for Agricultural Development Convening 2013 that the MSU, OER Africa, and The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized with funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MSU. This was the first time that I heard about the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) by Dr. Brian Bedard, a Senior Livestock Specialist at that time working with The World Bank.… Click to read the full post