On 16th July 2018, a Seminar on ‘Food Safety Focusing Safe Tomato and Mango Products’ was held at Hotel Warison, Rajshahi. SNV arranged this seminar to promote food safety in Bangladesh. The objectives of the seminar were to share experience and good practices of this project; arrange dialogue at the field level for better collaboration and engagement among the stakeholders from public and private entities; raise awareness among the local communities and beneficiaries of Rajshahi regarding food safety aspects; and engage stakeholders to follow good practices to produce and supply safe tomato and mango processed products. The main aim of the seminar is to make safe food available from field to consumer level fostering inclusive business.

Md. Sabat Ali, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC of Revenue) was present there as the Chairperson. Mr. S. M. Mostafizur Rahman, Additional Director, Department of Agriculture Extensions (DAE), Rajshahi Region inaugurated the seminar as the Chief Guest. Mr. Mahbub Ullah, Project Coordinator, SNV, delivered the welcome speech and briefed on the project activities towards fostering good agricultural practices (GAP), good handling practices (GHP) and good manufacturing practices (GAP) which depicted how the project is working towards an enabling environment in Bangladesh.

Mahboob Alam, Director, Bangladesh Food Safety Authority, delivering his speech

Mahbub Ullah, PC, SNV, briefing on the project objectives

SNV, Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) and Centre of Excellence Agro Food Skills (CEAFS) have been implementing the project “Improving consumer awareness and access to certified safe tomato and mango products in Bangladesh” since January 2016. The project is a part of the regional programme SWITCH-Asia, funded by the European Commission (EC) which aims to promote the adoption of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).