In an article published in Advances in Nutrition and Food Science, EatSafe conducted a desk review of food safety legislation, regulations, and standards in Nigeria and consulted with food safety stakeholders representing government agencies, NGOs, and food business operators in the Federal Capital Territory, Kebbi, and Nasarawa States.
Using a theory of change or a programme impact pathway to guide design, monitoring, and evaluation efforts is increasingly being used across various nutrition interventions, yet there are few documented examples in biofortification programmes.
Biofortification (or nutrient enrichment) of staple crops has the potential to contribute to reducing micronutrient deficiencies by increasing micronutrient intakes. In 2019, GAIN and HarvestPlus entered a partnership to lead the Commercialisation of Biofortified Crops (CBC) Programme, which aims to catalyse commercial markets for biofortified crops in six countries across Africa and Asia.
To inform the development of effective commercialisation strategies, a systematic assessment of country- and crop-specific value chains is essential to identify success factors, barriers, and opportunities.
EatSafe sought to understand consumer and vendors' understand knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to personal and environmental hygiene, food purchasing decisions, and the influence of sociocultural norms on food safety behaviors in Kebbi State, Nigeria. Data was collected via in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with 96 participants, including 36 vendors and 60 consumers.
Four regional guidelines developed by the Codex Alimentarius to improve the safety of street-vended food were examined for their application to traditional food markets. Given the gaps identified in the individual regional guidelines, a uniform international standard is needed for national, regional, and local governments to use when managing food safety in traditional markets.
In this report, EatSafe addresses the gap of food safety data within the Food Systems Dashboard (FSD) by identifying indicators relevant to national food safety systems, assess the availability of data sources, and develops a systematic, quantitative scheme to evaluate indicators against FSD inclusion criteria.
Stakeholders include any person, organization or social group that has a stake (vital interest) in the business of food and its safety. Stakeholder categories can reflect functional involvements or motives (e.g., customers, employees, investors, suppliers, vendors, communities, or the government).
Micronutrient deficiencies are a public health challenge in Bangladesh. Many children, women, and vulnerable populations are not getting the nutrients they need for proper brain development, immunity, and physical and mental health. Together with diversified diets, large scale food fortification has the potential to make a significant impact on micronutrient deficiency in Bangladesh.
Accelerated digitalization is one of the most significant growth engines for developing nations. With technology driving increased sales and profits globally, a digital quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) system for food fortification in Bangladesh will open THREE paths to greater efficiency and enhanced financial performance for fortified food producers.