Implementation of Traceability System for Tanzania’s Agricultural Products; 23rd June 2018 @ London South Bank University

The Britain Tanzania Society is inviting you to the above Workshop to be held on the 23rd June 2018 between 1100am to 0600pm (time TBC) in Room LR10 London Road Building at London South Bank University.

The main objective of this event is to present the strategic measures that the businesses must implement to ensure compliance with the importation standards/regulations of the EU, Codex alimentarius and the World Trade Organization. These measures include the traceability system from field to fork, phytosanitary requirement, food fraud, compliance at Border of Inspection Post among other initiatives. We are targeting participation from Diaspora engaged in farming and trade, companies that import fresh produce in the UK and if possible those importing from Tanzania, regulators, supermarket chains, freight forwarders, DEFRA and other relevant stakeholders directly involved with fresh produce importation and selling in the UK Market.

This event will be complementing our last event on “Tanzania making Progress in Agriculture”, which received overwhelming response and great feedback from audience. The event was organised in collaboration with All Party Parliamentary Group led by the Honourable Member of Parliament, Mr Jeremy Lefroy.

Tanzania agricultural sector has recently increased boosting the economy tremendously however there is a need to expand market and understanding of international regulatory requirements   and barriers faced to market the products in developed world like EU. Yet the importance and potential of the sector is often played down. This event will look at traceability requirements which needs to be complied with in order to trade in European Market.

Here below are the presenters for the event.

1. Nahum Kidan – DEFRA

 He is a Higher Scientific Officer in the Food Science team at the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) where his role entails commissioning and managing food science, innovation and sustainability research projects to support policy making.  He also contributes to European working groups on food systems, food security and food authenticity.  Prior to joining Defra, he spent 4 years in academia as a lecturer on undergraduate and postgraduate environmental health programmes and 8 years in local government as an environmental health practitioner specialising in food safety and standards.

2. Stephen J Cooper CEnvH, FCIEH

During a 42 year career in Local Government Stephen worked in the environmental health departments of three Northern Ireland local authorities completing his service as Assistant Director of Environmental Health with Newry and Mourne District Council holding responsibility for Food Safety, Tobacco Control and Training.  His particular interest in his last post was working with the Northern Ireland Fishing and Aquaculture industry helping to guide the businesses through the EU Approval process.

Stephen is a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and a Director of the International Federation of Environmental Health.  It is in this latter position that he has developed mutually beneficial relationships with fellow environmental health practitioners in Tanzania both at University and practitioner level.

3. Dr Joseph Senyah B.Sc(Hons), 3 M.Scs, Ph.D, MIFST, MCIEH, CEnvH Microbiology Society

Formerly, he worked as a University Researcher and Lecturer and he is currently working as a Senior Environmental Health Officer (Chartered) Imported Food Office (Port Health) London Heathrow Airport where his duties include controlling imported food. Joseph is going to shed some insight on the procedures involved before and after the consignment arrive in EU.

4. Michele Wilson -Farm Africa

10 years of experience in overseas humanitarian and development programmes at senior management level based in fragile states (N Uganda, DRC, Sierra Leone, Chad, Sudan and South Sudan). She has experience across a wide range of sectors (education, health, livelihoods, WASH and most recently Climate Change as well as extensive experience with many institutional donors including but not restricted to DFID, EU, USAID and UNICEF.  Her keen interest is focused in programmes that are focused on reducing inequality, particularly women and girls, as well as a passion for quality in programme design and implementation. Michele is MSc graduate in Conflict, Violence and Development and has a first degree in French and Business from St Andrews University.

5. Josh Meek -Farm Africa

Josh is a Technical Manager for Market Engagement.Have experience working in international development focusing on enterprise development and agricultural market systems in East Africa. He has worked with teams on the ground across Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania to partner with smallholder farmers and businesses to build resilient and sustainable economies and increase farmer incomes.

6. Mayank Vashisht- Imports Operations at Freight Services

International Market Demand on Food Safety Compliance and Import Regulations

Mayank has been working in freight industries for last 15 year with various companies dealing with a lots of imports and export of perishable and general cargo. s to and from UK.. Currently is a Director of Export and Import Company assisting businesses dealing with import and exports to obtain relevant documents as required by port health and EU regulations,

7. Petronila Mlowe MCIEH FRSPH

Petronila is a Vice chair for Britain Tanzania Society and Senior Food Safety Officer in a UK Local Government, Trainer, Project Officer and Trustee of Tanzania Development Trust.  She conducts various food safety courses in UK and runs workshops in Tanzania. She has worked with farmers in Tanzania and advises businesses in order to comply with EU Food Safety Regulations. Awarded an accolade with Tanzanian current government on her active role in helping Tanzanian farmers.

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