Sustainable practices, innovative solutions for a safer food future
T he Food Safety for Africa (FS4Africa) project is designed to address food safety challenges in Africa. Focus is given to addressing food safety issues associated with weak channels for value chain organisation, traceability & authentication of safe food. Food safety challenges addressed include mycotoxin contamination in multiple food crops including food and feed, pesticide residues in grains and vegetables, microbial contamination particularly Escherichia coli contamination, and food adulteration of foods.
The aim of the project is to improve African food safety systems – with particular attention to the informal sector – through local market transformation enhancing food security and regional trade while reducing negative impacts on the environment, biodiversity, health and society.
FS4Africa will launch 2 open calls (total budget of €800k) addressed to 1) research and technology stakeholders (e.g. SMEs, research organisations) to test, validate and enhance the business concepts and tools of the project,
Enhancing Food Safety in Africa
Our role in the project
FSH being the Leader of WP5 Ecosystem Building, Acceleration and Upscaling, is responsible for the development of the Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication Plan and the creation of an expanding, and sustainable ecosystem of local entrepreneurs, start/scale-ups, (digital) innovation hubs, SMEs, competence centres and investors around the project.
Moreover, FSH will lead the activities for the Open Call Preparation, Launch and Monitoring. As the Open Call Manager, FSH will launch 2 Open Calls addressed to 1) research and technology stakeholders (e.g. SMEs, research organisations) to test, validate and enhance the business concepts and tools of the project, 2) innovation hubs (IH) to provide training to the use cases or/and projects from the 1st open call.