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Nigeria holds forum on food safety and trade

Opening of the first Nigerian Food Safety and Investment Forum. Picture: UNIDO

Nigeria has held its first food safety and investment forum.

The two-day event brought together stakeholders from public institutions, the private sector, international organizations and academia to exchange global and local best practices.

Participants exchanged expertise in food safety and the value chain as well as discussing investment opportunities and business partnerships.

The forum was organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the European Union, Government of Nigeria and the Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) in Nigeria as part of the EU-funded National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP).

Food science professional body NIFST, FAO, WHO, USAID, the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) were at the event.

Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, director of UNIDO’s Trade, Investment and Innovation Department, said investment plays a critical role in national prosperity and a multi-stakeholder approach is essential in food safety and investment.

“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals would require global investments far beyond the current levels. This forum is a milestone in this regard and is a crucial step on Nigeria’s path to achieving the SDGs.”

Attendees emphasized the role of a quality infrastructure and culture in ensuring food safety, and acknowledged it is a shared responsibility.

They called for strengthening of regulatory policy, value chain development and greater knowledge-sharing in the field.

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