May 2009: Dissemination Workshop on the Effects of Food Safety Standards on the Livelihoods of Actors in the Nile Perch Value Chain
Mwanza, Tanzania, 25 May 2009.
The objectives of the workshop were:
The workshop was conducted in Swahili. The main presentation of the workshop was based on the study on effects of food safety standards on livelihoods of actors in the Nile perch value chain. The presentation was preceded by remarks made by the Fish-subproject team leader and opening speech delivered by the Nyamagana District Commissioner on behalf of the Minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries.
The presentation was followed by general discussions on the presentation, policy implications and the role of local government and policy makers in supporting efforts to maintain compliance with food safety standards to avoid loss of export market for Nile perch as well as supporting measures to ensure sustainable fishing in Lake Victoria.
Attached (in Swahili) are:
1. Opening Remarks
2. Effects of Food Safety Standards on the Livelihoods of Actors in the Nile Perch Value Chain (R.M.J. Kadigi et al.)
Summary of outreach and dissemination activities for 2008
Sustainability standards project(coordinator Dr. Lazaro, SUA)
Carried out training for small scale coffee producers and workers in coffee plantations in collaboration with Machare Coffee Plantation. Machare Coffee Plantation was initially Utz certified and is now Rainforest Alliance certified.
Draft training manuals were prepared for use by extension workers and farmers. The manuals will be field-tested during the first quarter of 2009.
Nile perch project(coordinator Prof. Mdoe, SUA)
Translated SAFE Policy Brief No. 2 in Swahili and disseminated
Delivered a lecture to postgraduate (Master of Arts in International Trade) students at University of Dar-es-salaam on fish standards and impacts to livelihoods.
Made an official visit to the Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Food security and cooperatives. The purpose of the visit was to discuss and present the findings of the fish research to policy makers as well as distributing policy briefs.
Made other engagements with other stakeholders including PASS in Morogoro, and members of BMUs in Mwanza
Organics sub-project(coordinator Dr. Mbiha, SUA)
Meeting with the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) and TANCERT as a training and research committee
Attended the closing event of EPOPA
Participation in the design of National Export Development strategy Organized by the Ministry of Industries and Trade. The strategy includes Organic agriculture as a separate sector.
Project on the economic impact of organics(Simon Bolwig and Peter Gibbon, DIIS)
Carried out seminar on 'Economic Impact of Organic Contract Farming in Uganda - Research Results and Policy Implications' (9 December 2008, Muyenga Club, Kampala)
Fliers for the press and various organisations, in East African and abroad: Small Holder Farmers and Organic Value Chains – The Future? (with Alastair Taylor); Food Security and the Impact of Certified Organic Agriculture (with Alastair Taylor)
Presentations and media appearances (Simon Bolwig):
‘Revenue and productivity effects of organic coffee contract farming in Africa’, presentation at the ‘Coffee and Africa’ seminar arranged by the Danish Coffee Club [Kaffeklubben]. 22 September, IBIS, Copenhagen.
‘Household food security effects of organic export production’, presentation at the seminar ‘Economic Impact of Organic Contract Farming in Uganda. Research results and policy implications’, 09/12/2008, Muyenga Club, Kampala.
‘Economic Effects of Organic Contract Farming in Uganda’ presentation with Peter Gibbon at the seminar ‘Economic Impact of Organic Contract Farming in Uganda. Research results and policy implications’, 09/12/2008, Muyenga Club, Kampala.
‘Airfreight, Organic Products and Africa’, presentation at the Biofach 2008 World Organic Trade Fair, Session on ‘climate change and organic agriculture’, Nuremberg, 21 February.
‘Climate friendly organic food should also be ‘fair food’’ [Klimavenlig økologisk mad skal også være ‘fair mad’]. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Økologisk Landsforening, Svendborg, 7 March.
‘The Food Miles Debate and Developing Country Exports’, short paper presented at the ‘Buying Local: Miles Better?’ session of the World Export Development Forum (WEFD) of the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO, Montreux 08-11 October. URL: http://www.intracen.org/wedf/ef2008/Montreux/Html/Buying-Local.htm
‘Flere lande giver ret til det daglige broed’, http://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/artikel/299698:Udland.
‘CO2-faktoren. Hvem vinder?’ Max Havelaar Denmark Magazine Fair Nok, No. 7 2008.
e) Project on labour standards in the cut flower industry in Kenya and Tanzania (Lone Riisgaard, DIIS, PhD project)
Key note speaker at the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions’ conference on international solidarity 13.09.2008
Key note speaker at the Danish Trade union Council for International Development Cooperation’ Africa conference 06.02.2008
Paper presentation ‘Competition between social standard initiatives in the cut flower industry’, at the International Workshop on Globalization, Global Governance and Private Standards - 4-5 November 2009 – Leuven, Belgium
Media article ‘Etiske standarder diskriminerer kvinder i udviklingslande’ published in Information 22.05.08.
Project on quality standards in the tea sector in India and East Africa(Marianne Nylandsted Larsen, post-doc, KU-Geography)
‘The role of quality standards in governing the value chain for tea’, paper presented at the Association of American Geographers Meeting, Boston (USA), 15-19 April 2008
Project on food safety law in the EU(Morten Broberg, post-doc, KU-jura)
‘Transforming the European Community´s Regulation of Food Safety’, published with SIEPS in Stockholm (http://www.sieps.se/publ/rapporter/2008/2008_5.html).
Transforming the European Community´s Regulation of Food Safety’, presentation at SIPES, Stockholm, 21 April 2008 (http://www.sieps.se/sem/2008/sem_0421/sem_0421.html).
‘EU og ulandene - fra koloniherredømme til partnerskab?, presentation at a workshop at the University of Copenhagen, 3 December 2008 (http://www.ku.dk/Satsning/europa/)
Teaching a master course in the Spring of 2008 at the University of Copenhagen (which also covers SAFE-related topics)
Project on ecolabels in fisheries and quality standards in wine(Stefano Ponte, DIIS)
“Performing the ‘Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy’: Case Studies on Food Safety and Sustainability,” conference paper prepared for the First ISA Forum of Sociology, Sociological Research and Public Debate; Session 16: The ‘Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy’: Critical perspectives, Barcelona (5-9 September 2008).
“Disjunctures and fragmentations in Global Value Chains: Reflections on ‘quality’ in (South African) wine”, paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Boston (18 April 2008).
“Uganda fisheries: The challenges of EU import regulation, sustainability and media perceptions”, presentation at the Economic Policy Research Institute (EPRC), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda (17 January 2008)
Tralac Working Paper on fish ecolabelling and BEE in South African fisheries featured in the Cape Times (South Africa), 7 May 2008.
August 2008: New outreach activities
SAFE Fish project coordinator Dr. Ntengua Mdoe visits the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives (MAFSC) and the Ministry of Livestock Development and Fisheries to liaise on the project activities and outcomes.
New outreach activities
SAFE project: Sustainability standards and coffee production for Tanzania
Activity: Training for small scale coffee producers and workers in coffee plantations
The training was conducted by SUA/DIIS, SAFE project in collaboration with Machare Coffee Plantation. Machare Coffee Plantation was initially Utz certified and is now Rainforest Alliance certified
Main objective of training: To create awareness among smallholder coffee farmers on sustainability standards in coffee
Key issues covered during the training:
Outcome of the training session: The participants showed interest in getting more information regarding sustainability standards, certification and marketing of sustainably-produced coffee. To date, we have received a letter from the Ward secretary requesting further training to a wider population in the area. This confirms the findings of the research on inadeaquate information among smallholder farmers regarding sustainability standards.
Way forward: The SAFE ‘sustainability standards team’ agreed with the management of Machare plantation to work on further activities related to encouraging smallholder coffee farmers in the area to adopt Good Agricutural Practices for possible certifiction and to linking smallholder coffee farmers to better coffee markets.
Acknowledgement: The research team acknowledges the assistance of Ms Bente Luther-Medoch of Machare plantation for facilitating the training sessions. The two sessions were conducted on the farm, and she organized all the logistics required for the training.
General profile of SAFE policy and outreach activities
Training and outreach
- Training of three PhD students at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agri-business, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
- Training of one PhD student at DIIS and the Institute for Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark
- Development of syllabi on standards and agro-food trade for undergraduate and Master’s courses at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agri-business, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
- Research training for post-graduate students at SUA in the area of standards and exports of agro-food products; in 2007, three MSc students are doing research on organic, fair trade, and food safety standards
- Collaboration with the Professional Masters in International Trade, Faculty of Commerce and Management, University of Dar es Salaam -- supported by BSPS II
- Training of workers in coffee plantations in Tanzania that are certified against sustainability certifications to raise awareness of the reasons behind the implementation of practical procedures at the farm level that are linked to the sustainability standard
- Training on standards issues with Small and Medium Enterprise Competitive Facility stakeholders (part of the access to markets component of BSPS II)
- Teaching courses and/or modules on standards in the agro-food sector at the University of Copenhagen