As part of a project funded by the European Union, 30 people in Guinea-Bissau have received training on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000.
The virtual training involved HACCP and the ISO standard on food safety management systems.
The West Africa Competitiveness Program (WACOMP) is implemented by the United Nations' Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Trade Centre.
Training was offered to everyone who participated in the program. In total, 60 people attended the session from nine countries in West Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, and Togo.
WACOMP's objective is to strengthen competitiveness of West African countries and enhance their integration into the regional and international trading system. It is funded by a €120 million ($145 million) contribution under the 11th European Development Fund and includes 1 regional and 16 country components.
UNIDO is also overseeing a project looking at the use of voluntary third-party assurance programs to improve food safety in West Africa.
Authorities are considering or using such programs to better inform their risk profiling of businesses and more effectively target resources within national food control systems.