Mekong Institute (MI), with support from the New Zealand Aid Programme, is organizing the last leg of PROSAFE training courses this year. Five (5) courses will be offered from October to December 2022 at the MI Training Centre, Khon Kaen, Thailand. Interested applicants from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar and Vietnam are encouraged to apply.
The following courses are now open for applications:
Postharvest Safe Food Handling for Fresh Produce
A 5-day training program designed to help participants understand the fundamental concepts and significance of safe postharvest handling for fresh produce. Participants will also learn how to maintain water quality, prevent cross-contamination, and control biofilm development, as well as develop a practical action plan for implementation in their home countries.
Government officials, faculty and researchers, agri-extension workers, or farmer leaders involved in maintaining the quality of fresh produce from farm to table
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for food SMEs
A 5-day training program intended to assist participants in understanding the principles of HACCP and the steps to build and implement a HACCP system, providing a working knowledge on how to identify food safety hazards in each step of the manufacturing process, initiating documentation of a HACCP system appropriate for food processing operations, and understanding and realizing the roles of the staff in the establishment and implementation of the company's HACCP system to produce safe food.
Individuals at mid to senior levels within a food processing organization, such as those in QA/QC, Production, Engineering, Purchasing as well as food processing top management positions
Food Safety Risk Communication
A 10-day training program designed to enhance the professional capacity of national food safety authorities and food chain stakeholders in establishing or enhancing risk communication practice and capacity in the food safety sector.
National food safety authorities, managers, policy-makers and specialists that are already managing or building food risk analysis and communication units, and/or performing or contributing to risk communication functions as part of food safety management and risk analysis
Preservation and Packaging for Safer Food
November 28 - December 9
A 10-day training program aimed at strengthening the knowledge and understanding on the selection of food preservation, packaging and application of food labeling approaches for safe and quality food and to promote application of best practices in enhancing safety, quality, market access and profitability of food products and minimize loss in the food value chain.
Representatives of the private sector from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and VietNam (CLMV). It is also useful to the private sector in the fresh produce sector aiming to minimize food loss and cross contamination. Food regulators and researchers from institutes of higher learning are also invited to attend the training to build their capacity to support the private sector in the choice of food preservation and packaging for safe and quality food products.
Food Safety for Market Access
A 5-day training program aimed to improve knowledge and understanding on the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreements (WTO SPS/TBT) related to trade in agri-food and access to credible information on food safety market requirements. Participants are also able to link the importance of an effective National Food Quality Infrastructure policy and strategies to support compliance agri-food SPS/TBT related requirements.
Participants are required to present the national SPS and agri-food trade facilitation strategies and their role in these strategies.
Officials involved in the SPS measures (food safety, plant protection and animal health) are the main focus of the training program. Officials involved in agri-food trade facilitation measures are also encouraged to apply to attend the training program. The training program may also be useful to agri-food business development services (BDS) providers and researchers from institutes of higher learning.
All applications will close on October 15, except for the Postharvest Safe Food Handling for Fresh Produce which will close on September 28.
Full training scholarships are available to a total of 28 participants: seven (7) each from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Apply today and be a PROSAFE Alumni. Together, let’s champion food safety in the Mekong region!