Under the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) of NUFFIC, the Netherlands, a new institutional collaboration project for higher education in Food Safety was started in Bangladesh, on 30 June.
This OKP project, entitled ‘Enhancing food safety TVET and higher education in Bangladesh’, is lead by the Interdisciplinary Institute for Food Security (IIFS) of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh in partnership with Shere-Bangla Agriculture University (SAU), Dhaka Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) on Bangladesh side and on Dutch side Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) of Wageningen University & Research is leading in partnership with Précon Food Management. The key objectives of this project are to develop & offer MS programmes in Food Safety and short courses for food safety professionals.
The new Dutch support for higher education in food safety was appreciated by the guests who participated in the project launching programme via Zoom. Among others, the launching event was attended by BAU VC Professor Dr Lutful Hassan, SAU VC Professor Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahamed, BFSA Chairman Mr. Md. Abdul Kayowm Sarker and Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Harry Verweij.
The speakers recognized the present challenges in the Covid-19 situation and showed their concern, sympathy and solidarity during the virtual inauguration programme. The Netherlands has been supporting Bangladesh since 2012 to build its Food Safety infrastructure, including laboratory establishment, capacity building of lab technicians and Food Inspectors, developing food protocols and guidelines, and revitalizing the Food Safety Act.
On Bangladesh side, IIFS Director Prof. Dr. A.S. Mahfuzul Bari is director of this project and Prof. Dr. Harunur Rashid, Associate Director of IIFS is project coordinator. On Dutch side, ir. Marianne van Dorp & Ms Monika Sopov of WCDI are project director & coordinator, respectively.