Mekong Institute Food Safety Capability Activity (MIFSCA)

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Fostering Food Safety in the GMS

In 2015, the Mekong Institute Food Safety Capability Activity (MIFSCA) was launched to provide training and support services on food safety for local governments, small and medium enterprises, and research/academic institutions from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV). The initiative was supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme under the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Anchored on the vision of developing responsibility and promoting a food safety culture across relevant actors along the horticultural value chain, the MIFSCA targeted to enhance the capacity of local governments and private sector actors in the region.

By September 2017, seven regional training programs were delivered improving food safety knowledge and skills among 193 public and private sector representatives within the region. In turn, course participants organized localized trainings, improved food safety regulations and guidelines, or published food safety stories in various mass media platforms. At the same time, small and medium enterprises initiated improvements in their food safety practices and facilities as they work toward complying with local and international food safety and quality standards.

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