FAO-IMA-ITC Project: "Improving food packaging for Small and Medium Agro-Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa"
The Steering Committee of the Project supported by IMA and ITC (International Trade Center) “Improving food packaging for Small and Medium Agro-Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa” was held in Rome at the FAO Head Quarters, on March 1st 2018.
During the committee, FAO and ITC officers have showed all the activities and outcomes reached during 2017.
In particular, the results of ToT (Training of Trainers) on food packaging held in Tanzania, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal (27-31 November 2017), and the assessment studies held in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia (3-7 December 2017) were analyzed. These trainings have contributed to build the capacity of Small and Medium Agro-Enterprises (SMAEs) in different food-related sectors, to build the network of packaging advisers who can assist SMAEs in packaging and ensure a sustainable business model.
All the trainings were organized at local level through presentations, discussions, and interactions with local manufacturers and suppliers, to improve the participants’ knowledge on packaging technologies and the preservation of food products.
Concerning the future activities to be held in 2018, assessment studies in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal are going to be organized, to improve a sustainable business model and to identify a national food packaging center implemented to follow this model.
In conclusion, the proposal for a Project Regional Workshop was discussed, proposing the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) as main location. The WEDF is an annual forum hosted by the International Trade Centre and the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Zambia and it will be held in Lusaka, Zambia, in September 2018. IMA was invited to participate at the event.
Mr. Alberto Vacchi, IMA Chairman and CEO, has expressed his satisfaction for the activities carried out by FAO and ITC. He has confirmed the support of IMA to this Project, affirming that the reduction of food loss and waste in the poor areas of the World represents a crucial issue and a primary objective, together with a responsible and sustainable packaging technology.