Date & Venue:
18-19 November. Brussels, Belgium.
A High Level Conference on Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) will be held in Brussels It will report and build on the successes of activities that have aimed at improving the Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) frameworks in Africa, focusing on improving veterinary services, legal frameworks, laboratory capacities, food hygiene inspections and authorisation of food establishments, leading to consumer protection, regional integration and improved access to regional and international markets.
In the run-up of the High level conference two events are planned to feed into the Brussels high level conference (for more information on these events, see the website main section).
- Capacity building training of officials of the AU Commission, Regional Economic Communities and specialised bodies in relation to harmonisation of SPS frameworks, 12-14 October, Cape Town, S. Africa
- Stocktaking training of BTSF national contact points from 26 African countries focusing on food hygiene in Small and Medium size Enterprises, 18-22 October, Lilongwe, Malawi
In 2009, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Mrs Rhoda Peace Tumusiime and EU Commissioner for Health, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou conjointly launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the programme "Better Training for Safer Food Africa (BTSF Africa). The BTFS is a European Commission training initiative covering food and feed law, animal health and welfare and plant health rules. Through BTSF-Africa, 10 million Euros will fund capacity building activities until 2011. Improving agricultural systems in order to attain food security and enhance nutritional quality for internal and external markets is a key challenge for African countries.
Over 100 participants are expected from different institutions, namely: the African Union, the European Union, the Member States, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Brussels-based African embassies, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Codex Alimentarius/Africa, and the private sector (regional farmers / food / consumers' associations) etc.