Musaddiqul Islam Tanvir, BAU Correspondent
Under the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) of NUFFIC, the Netherlands, a new institutional collaboration project for higher education in Food Safety started in Bangladesh last week.
This OKP project, entitled ‘Enhancing food safety TVET and higher education in Bangladesh’, is led by the Interdisciplinary Institute for Food Security (IIFS) of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh in partnership with Shere-Bangla Agriculture University (SAU) Dhaka and Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) on Bangladesh side and on Dutch side Wageningen University and Research is leading in partnership with Précon Food Management. The key objectives of this project are to offer MS programmes in Food Safety and other professional courses for food safety professionals.
The new Dutch support for higher education in food safety was appreciated by the guests who participated in the project launching program via Zoom. Among others, the launching event was attended by BAU VC Professor Dr Lutful Hassan, SAU VC Professor Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahamed, BFSA Chairman Md. Abdul Kayowm Sarker and Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Harry Verweij.
The speakers recognized the present challenges in the Covid-19 situation and showed their concern, sympathy and solidarity during the virtual inauguration programme. The Netherlands has been supporting Bangladesh since 2012 to build its Food Safety infrastructure, including laboratory establishment, capacity building of lab technicians and Food Inspectors, developing food protocols and guidelines, and revitalizing the Food Safety Act.