Established in Ghana in 2013, African Food Safety Co (AFSCo) is set up to provide a pivotal and specialist food safety and security ingredient into the emerging African agro-food processing and hospitality sectors. Through sustainable skills transfer, enabled by building the competencies of food industry workers and managers, AFSCo is borne out of the need to empower and enhance the productivity of food companies in Africa. In line with the Food and Agricultural Organization’s recommendations, it is imperative for the region to develop effective food regulatory control systems, underpinned by appropriate food laws, enforcement and educational support.
The fragmented nature of the food regulatory framework clearly undermines the continent’s quest to tap into the lucrative global food trade. What is more, food insecurity on the continent means food safety requirements are instrumental in curbing post-harvest losses of grains and fruits and monitoring the use of ineffective pesticides. Significantly, as Africa continues to realize its great agro-processing potential from increased trading of non–traditional products such as fruits, vegetables, fish and nuts, there is even a greater need to adopt global food safety and quality standards.
Contributing to building a robust and competitive food industry in Africa, by delivering effective and targeted food safety education, and training solutions in a manner that produces sustainable behavioral change evidenced by a culture shift on the ground.
Promote food safety in Africa’s food manufacturing sector.