In 2015 IFIF launched the Global Animal Nutrition Program \'Train the Trainer\' pilot project to develop and train the capacities of the relevant compound feed production stakeholders in Nigeria using the FAO/IFIF Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry based on the Codex Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding.
Capacity Development for feed safety is one of the key priorities of IFIF under the strategic Pillar III: Education & Best Practices, and links closely to FAO initiatives in this area.
The aim of the program is to raise capacities for feed safety in developing regions by training key individuals who can then act as trainers on site within a country. This reflects IFIF’s mission to promote science-based solutions and information sharing for the feed industry, as well as stimulate the adoption of international standards and global equivalency.
The training event in Lagos supported by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) brought together over 30 representatives from the Nigerian feed industries, who will act as multipliers by sharing the training with colleagues throughout Nigeria.
Already in 2010, IFIF together with the FAO published the Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, in order to support the spreading of good manufacturing practice and higher feed safety standards around the globe. The publication of the Feed Manual is intended to increase safety and feed quality at the production level both for industrial production and on farm mixing with a particular focus on the developing world.
The Pilot project “Train the trainer” in Nigeria is focussing on Implementation of IFIF/FAO Manual on Good Practices for the Feed Industry including:
- Health hazards associated with animal feed
- Good Production Practices – Pre Requisite Programs
- On farm production and use of feed and feed ingredients
- Cross contamination
- Sampling and analysis
As a next step, in 2016 IFIF will monitor the outcomes and evaluate the learnings from the pilot program in Nigeria, and based on that roll out the training program in other qualifying countries to support, train and develop the local feed industry to raise feed and food safety standards globally.
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