CAIRO, 9 April 2020 – Experts from the Arab Network of Food Risk Analysis (AFRANet) have issued a technical review of the latest scientific knowledge on COVID-19 and the associated virus SARS-CoV-2 in relation to the implications on food safety and food business operations. AFRANet’s review, which is in Arabic, was organized by way of virtual meetings and email exchanges involving eight experts representing seven Arab countries.
A set of measures to enhance risk management protocols and food hygiene practices was also produced, with the emphasis on mitigating risks of transmission of the virus amongst food operators and maintaining food production as a critical sector during the global COVID-19 crisis.
AFRANet consists of scientists who have completed a programme in food risk assessment designed and implemented by the Arab Food Safety Initiative for Trade Facilitation (SAFE) in collaboration with Université Laval’s Food Risk Analysis Platform: PARERA.
SAFE is a food safety capacity-building programme funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS) and its subsidiary organizations, the Arab Organization for Agriculture Development (AOAD) and the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO).
The AFRANet review is part of UNIDO’s contribution to maintaining the operations of food production businesses locally and globally in the context of the COVID19 pandemic. The Food Systems and Nutrition Division in UNIDO’s Department of Agribusiness provides technical advice to food business operators and regulators involved in various capacity building initiatives.
For more information, contact:
Chief, Food Systems and Nutrition Division
Department of Agri-Business, UNIDO