Food Safety Information Leaders Come Together

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At the District of Columbia (D.C.) lies the capital of the United States of America, the beautiful Washington D.C. And it is there, at the World Bank Group headquarters, where a number of great minds will meet on October 14th, to decide on the next steps for developing an information sharing infrastructure that can help the world scale up food safety capacity building activities.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

At the World Bank headquarters, in a glorious and impressive building.

As part of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), the international public-private network that the World Bank facilitates, the Knowledge & Learning Systems Working Group (WG) will come together once more to plan ahead on the way that the various components and services of this information infrastructure should be implemented.… Click to read the full post

Agro-Know got funded for Foodakai: an intelligent app to harmonise access to food safety information

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One of the good news of this summer was that Agro-Know, together with EPI Interactive, have been selected for funding from the European Commission in order to develop further the concept of Foodakai: an intelligent online application that aims to help consumers and small food businesses get better and more quickly informed about emerging food risks and relevant food alerts in their area.

Food safety is one of the hottest topics these days; food has become more complex than ever with the addition of ingredients for coloring, flavor, preservation etc.… Click to read the full post

First Issue of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) Newsletter

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GFSP_logoThose registered in the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) mailing list must have received the first issue of the GFSP digital newsletter; a publication intended to be published quarterly, highlighting news and events related to the Partnership and its members.

The newsletter is nicely divided in four sections, namely Features, Voices, News and Updates (both from GFSP Secretariat and our partners) and Events.

In this first issue, the major news items are:

The newsletter also features two interviews with researchers working on food safety as well as a detailed list of GFSP-related events.… Click to read the full post

Join the GFSP Development Dialogue: Improving Global Food Safety

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GFSP_logoLast Monday, March 23rd, the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) launched a two-week online discussion on global food safety open to the widest possible group of experts and stakeholders. This discussion, known as a thematic Development Dialogue, is hosted by the World Bank Striking Poverty digital platform and is moderated by Juergen Voegele, Senior Director of the Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank.

The panel consists of distinguished people, activated in the Food Safety sector, including the following:

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Help us better serve the Food Safety Capacity Building community in just 3 steps

The GFSP Demonstrator

As you may already know, Agro-Know is a member of the the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) and has developed an Open Source Platform for meeting the needs of the Food Safety Capacity Building community – called the GFSP Demonstrator. The demonstrator provides access to quality capacity building resources (such as training courses, research resources and OER) on various food safety topics from various content providers, including the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), the Food Safety Knowledge Network (FSKN), the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), one of the 15 CGIAR Research Centers.… Click to read the full post

A global alliance for food safety: reflections on the GFSP 2014 conference

Receiving a certificate (on the most smiling participant?) from Dr. Francois Le Gall of the World Bank who is responsible for the strategy and coordination of the GFSP

While writing this, I am on the plane for home and trying to adjust from the summer weather of Cape Town to the chilly weather of Athens. But most of all, I am trying to digest a wealth of ideas, images and impressions that I bring back with me from the annual conference of the Global Food Safety Partnership. I have to admit that I was not prepared for this. I was expecting a quite slow and boring conference, with some meetings of interest but with an emphasis on the process (how this huge partnership will function) rather than the substance (how impact will be achieved).… Click to read the full post

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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Some thoughts on the joint CIARD/GODAN consultation meeting

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CIARD-GODAN-consultationThe 1st joint CIARD/GODAN Consultation meeting took place between 22-24/4/2014 at the FAO Headquarters at Rome, Italy. This was an invitation-only meeting, aiming to bring together people from the CIARD initiative as well as the GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) representatives in order to investigate the opportunities for close collaboration. In this context, having three members of the Agro-Know team participating (Nikos Manouselis, Effie Tsiflidou and me) was a significant privilege and we tried to make the most out of it.

In my opinion, one of the biggest success of the meeting was the fact that it managed to bring together so many policy and decision makers, initiative and community leaders etc., who sat at the same table and tried to explore  ways of collaboration between these two large-scale initiatives.… Click to read the full post