Food Safety Information Leaders Come Together


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

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


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


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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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

Agro-Know discusses Information & Data Management at the workshop


It all started with an invitation….

About one month ago we received a kind invitation from our, regarding our participation in a training session on Data and Information Management, a domain that Agro-Know knows pretty well and has significant experience in. We were glad to accept the invitation and in the meantime we started planning our participation and contribution to the specific session. Lito Pateraki, our Food Safety Specialist, was the one representing Agro-Know and with contributions from the rest of the Agro-Know team, she started organizing things.


A few words about is a business incubation program for startup companies operating in Greece.… Click to read the full post

Global Food Safety Partnership 3rd Annual Conference


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


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