The development and application of impact evaluation and project formulation methods in capacity building of food control systems in developing countries

  • Period: 2018 2022


Food safety remains a challenge for many countries, limiting their ability to maximize the economic and social potential and attain their objectives of human and economic development. The high-level performance of robust food control systems in developed nations has resulted from decades of experience and billions of dollars' investments in building infrastructures and capacities of food safety stakeholders. Developing countries cannot afford such a costly and lengthy process due to the negative consequences of unsafe food affecting their public health and agri-food trade. Although a large sum of international aid is being channeled towards the upgrade of food safety capacities and practices in these countries, results on the ground can often be invisible and struggle with sustainability issues, particularly for enhancing the performance of food control systems. Investigating the possibility of improving the "value for money" of these investments in developing countries entails setting better guidelines on project formulation, impact assessment and approaches in food regulatory decision-making.