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15.08.2017 : International Quality Platform

On Oct.8th 2017 at ANUGA a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed among others between EQA and European Retail Academy to promote research and penetration of know-how about Quality Assurance.

The Food Exhibition Anuga was founded in 1919 as an exhibition rotating between German cities. Since 1924 it is permanently based in Cologne and exhibits biannually. It is the world-leader in its sector, covering about 300.000 square meters, being attended in 2017 by about 7200 exhibitors, being about 90 percent foreigners. " An excellent platform for international contacts" Prof.Dr.Hallier stated in his invitation to his network of professors .

15.07.2017: Save Food III

In 2013 the network "Save Food" was founded at the Interpack Exhibition of Messe Duesseldorf in Germany - today it has about 900 supporters from all regions of the world and from all sectors along the Total Supply Chain from farm to fork! The photo shows the CEO of Messe Duesseldorf, W. Dornscheidt, at the founding conference in 2013 together with the former UNEP-Director-General Prof.Dr.K.Toepfer and ERA-President Prof.Dr.B.Hallier.

At its third World Conference Save Food presented among many other case-studies an example about mangos in Kenya. In the past, in times of over-supply they became food waste. Now in a pilot-project they are sliced, dried, packed and finally exported. Prof.Dr.Hallier decided to support this project in Kenya together with the Education Qualification Alliance (EQA)/Bonn and Warsaw and by Globalgap to educate about 200 mango-farmers towards Globalgap Certification. The potential annual volume for export might go step by step to about 30.000 tons. Partner for the vocational and academic training will be the University of Nairobi.

15.06.2017 : Globalgap

After starting in 1994/96 tracing/tracking for beef and cows as an anti-crisis tool against the mad cow-desease/BSE the EHI Retail Institute started in 1997 to create Eurepgap/Globalgap as a proactive Food Safety Concept for fruit and vegetables. Now 20 years later Prof.Dr.B.Hallier and the Globalgap-CEO Dr.Kristian Moeller remember proudly the GlobalG.A.P. Milestones 1997-2017 being edited as a book for distribution at universities.

In 2017 GlobalG.A.P. is the internationally recognized standard for farm production and food safety/sustainability. It is integrating the Total Supply Chain as its membership split shows: 12 percent coming from retail, 42 percent being associate members and 46 percent suppliers.

04.05.2017 : Postharvest Losses

The first All African Conference and Exhibition about the future management of Postharvest/Food Losses did attract over 600 participants from more than 60 countries to come to Nairobi/Kenya ! 71 studies were shown in different formats ( total audience or special workshops) over the three Conference days . Also field excursions were offered in an additional day.

Prof.Dr.B.Hallier presented his thoughts for a Global House of Harmony based on Economics, Ecology and Ethics demanding for Africa more Fair Trade and investment to introduce technologies especially for SMEs . Eliminating the postharvest losses could result in the fact that Africa is able to feed Africa sufficiently. But postharvest losses are also partly the result of problems at the pre-farm-gate : therefore there is a Total Supply Chain Responsibility from farm to fork ! Last but not least Africa has to be understood by its history - making the difference to continents like America, Asia or Europe ( see also YouTube ) .

06.03.2017: Challenge Food Waste

In the beginning of the 21st century due to global mass distribution the world is divided into countries with affluent society and poor countries where 80 percent of the children suffer from hunger. The explosion of population numbers will widen this gap - in the year 2050 about 40 percent more food is needed! If production at the best would keep its present volume, the prices for food will increase and the poorest of the poor will suffer even more. Research about the food distribution shows that at the moment nearly the same rate of food products is wasted as crop on the fields, due to insufficient storing and transportation, lack of processing, within the distribution and at the consumer level. Theoretically the gap between available food and demand could be closed by a better transfer of know-how and a change of consumer habits.

The first African Postharvest Congress organized under the leadership of the University of Nairobi/Kenya (Web Page) will bring together worldwide experts of the agriculture, processing, and total supply chain to work on solutions of this problem. The exhibition of the IKV-Club of international artists (Web Page) in the Museum of Nairobi wants to support the awareness for Food Waste as a challenge by joint exhibits of African and German artists. Moreover, a painting session with children of the Shangilia-slum is planned.

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