Celebration of National Food Safety Day 2021 by IIFS, BAU

Honourable Vice-Chancellor of BAU Professor Dr Lutful Hassan (Chief Guest) & IIFS Director Prof. Dr. Farida Yeasmin Bari (Chair of the Seminar) while speaking during Celebration of National Food Safety Day (2nd February 2021) by Interdisciplinary Institute for Food Security (IIFS) at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh. The KeyNote Paper entitled FOOD CONTROL SYSTEM IN BANGLADESH: CHALLENGES & WAY FORWARD was presented by Dr Emdadul Haque Chowdhury, Professor of the Dept. of Pathology, BAU

Strengthening Food Safety TVET and Higher Education in Bangladesh (NUFFIC-funded Project)

Project Title: Strengthening food safety TVET & higher education in Bangladesh (NUFFIC-funded project; OKP-BGD-104475)
Key project outputs:

  1. Relevant, accessible and attractive MSc and Short Courses on Food Safety curricula and training material developed based on labour market needs;
  2. Competence of lecturers to teach food safety in MSc program and short courses enhanced;
  3. Access to laboratory analyses and staff competencies of BAU and SAU to carry out analyses enhanced;
  4. Higher education and research opportunities created for people already dealing with food safety issues and employed at different universities, research institutes and government departments or other organisation; Need for centre of excellence evaluated, and strategy developed in case of GO decision by relevant stakeholders;
  5. Awareness and capacity enhanced to safeguard inclusiveness and diversity;
  6. Relationships among consortium partners and linkages with local relevant stakeholders sustain during and after the project lifespan, well-embedded institutionally in the Bangladeshi context.

Project funded by: Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). OKP (Orange Knowledge Program).

Project period: June 2020 – December 2021

Requesting Organization: Interdisciplinary Institute for Food Security, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh

Dutch Project Partner: Stichting Wageningen Research & Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, the Netherlands
Bangladesh Project Director: Prof. Dr. Farida Yeasmin Bari, Director, Interdisciplinary Institute for Food Security, BAU

Bangladesh Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr Harunur Rashid, Department of Fisheries Management, BAU

Consortium Partners in Bangladesh: Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University & Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA)

New Dutch Collaboration to Food Safety Capacity Development in Bangladesh

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.