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The Second Global Meeting of the FAO/WHO International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN): Meeting Report












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    FAO Bangladesh Newsletter, March 2022, Issue #6 2022
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    This is the 6th edition of the FAO Bangladesh newsletter, covering January to March 2022. The 36th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific was hosted by the Government of Bangladesh for the first time. It was the first APRC to be held in hybrid, with some delegates attending in person in Dhaka and others joining by video link. More than 1 100 participants from 42 Member countries registered. The Director-General, QU Dongyu, attended in person during a five-day visit to Bangladesh as part of his first official trip outside Italy since the start of COVID-19 international travel restrictions. It was also the first time that had had attendended. On the sidelines, the Director-General conducted several bilateral meetings with country delegations. He also met with United Nations Country Team representatives and headed a discussion on FAO’s Hand-in-Hand initiative. Before leaving, he paid an official visit to see the Prime Minister. He thanked the country for hosting a successful APRC. He was joined by an FAO delgation that included Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, and Jong-Jin Kim, Assistant Director Geneal and FAO Regional Representatice for Asia and the Pacific. At the end of a five-day visit to Bangladesh and following the close of APRC36, the DG visited a thriving commercial fish pond, a bio-secure model poultry farm, and two of the country’s leading centres for agricultural research. In other news, FAO inaugurated its new Representation in Dhaka after 44 years in the old office.
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    FAO Bangladesh Newsletter, October 2022 – Issue #7 2022
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    FAO Representative in Bangladesh, Robert D. Simpson, accompanies Agriculture Minister to FAO’s Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum in Rome. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses World Food Day celebration. New five-year Country Programming Framework signed. Huge stockpile of pesticide DDT being sent to Europe for safe disposal after decades in city centre storage. Emergency assitance for farming households affected by severe floods. First Bangladesh veterinary Olympiad. The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with FAO, held a series of regional consultation workshops on investment for agricultural transformation. The Dhaka Food System project has established 12 farmers’ markets across Dhaka with a plan to launch four more. The project also organized a two-week study tour to Bangkok and Melbourne for select government officials to learn abou the cities' food systems. The Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge project, funded by the European Union, in collaboration with the Food Planning and Monitoring Unit, Ministry of Food, is carrying out an assessment which will look at the impact of cash, vouchers, and in-kind assistance (direct food provision) on the quality of diets of the ultra-poor. A major new global climate change report, co-authored by an expert from the FAO country team, Muhammad Arfanuzzaman, paints a grim picture for Bangladesh. FAO has conducted a RIMA study for the first time in Bangladesh.
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    Template for INFOSAN/IHR Communication
    National protocol for information sharing with national and international partners during food safety events and outbreaks of foodborne illness
    2020
    The document can serve as a starting point for the development of a national protocol for information sharing among various stakeholders involved in food safety emergency response in your State Party. This includes members of the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN), the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) National Focal Point (NFP), and other stakeholders as appropriate. The final document, when adapted to your national context, should provide a clear guidance about the procedures for communication between domestic authorities, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), including the INFOSAN Secretariat.

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