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SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS FOOD SAFETY ASSOCIATES LTD OR ITS KEY EXPERTS HAVE WORKED ON

Assignment 1: Consultancy Services to Support the Implementation of Key Short Term Assignments under QUISP Project

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives

Start Date (months/year): May/2016

Completion date: November/2016

Objective of the assignment

  1. Developing short-term policy studies to guide the decisions of the SMCA fora and other relevant institutions on topical issues.
  2. Supporting MAAIF, KCCA and UNBS to implement  the animal feeds and meat value related standards and or technical regulation
  3. Developing end of implementation evaluation and phasing out strategy to ensure sustainability of key QUISP results
  4. Supporting training of MDAs in: development of Technical Regulations according to Good Regulatory Practice (GRP), implementation of control plans and standard operating procedures, modern monitoring, surveillance and control based on Risk Analysis (i.e auditing, certification, sampling and testing) – including code of practice or check lists for fresh fruits and vegetables
  5. Supporting the training and implementation of quality standards and best practices for MSMEs
  6. Supporting  capacity building of Technical Assessors and laboratory Analysts in method validation and estimation of measurement uncertainty

Assignment 2: Consultancy Services to develop the National Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan under the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Entebbe

Name of client: Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

Start period: July/2016

Completion: September/2016

Key Experts of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and the functions they performed:

Narrative description of project: Food Safety Associates Ltd was requested by the MAAIF to undertake a sector-wide value chain study to generate information and data needed to guide the development of the National Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan to realize the objectives of the policy.

Objective of the assignment: The main objective is to develop National Fisheries Policy (NFP) Implementation Plan in line with the mission of the new National Fisheries Policy i.e. to optimize the utilization of the fisheries resources benefits through increased and sustainable production

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates Ltd:

  • Conducting desk research, stakeholders analysis and field studies to undertake a subsector-wide value chain analysis study for major fish species to identify the technologies, nature of fishing and fish related operations, processes and enterprises, challenges, solutions available to address the challenges, opportunities for improving operations, productivity, profitability, product development, value addition and marketing among others for each of the major species from major water bodies and aquaculture
  • Analyse data and information obtained from the desk research, stakeholder’s analysis and field work study and produce a report of the fisheries subsector wide value chain analysis highlighting the situation analysis for major fish species captured from major water bodies in Uganda and aquaculture. The report will identify in detail the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for improving operations and increasing productivity, profitability, product development, value addition and marketing for each of the species. The report will also identify issues confronting the developments in the value chains for different species as well as the key stakeholders affected or impacted by the developments. It will give the actions and interventions necessary for improving the above variables for each of the species while considering the nature of the operators, institutional and policy frameworks in place.
  • Meet with key stakeholders at National Level to seek their views on the findings of the Value Chain Analysis Study and validate the findings. Individual stakeholders could be contacted through e-mails to seek their views or organise individual or joint meetings.
  • Use the findings of the value chain study and the provisions of the National Fisheries Policy, to determine policy interventions, expected outcomes, outputs and develop a five-year costed National Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan in accordance to the suggestions made above
  • Meet or circulate the developed National Fisheries Policy Implementation plan to consult key stakeholders for their inputs to the draft National Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan
  • Incorporate comments of the stakeholders and Present the National Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan to the Directorate of Fisheries Resources for comments
  • Receive comments if any, from the Directorate of the Fisheries Resources, revise the draft NFP Implementation Plan by incorporating those comments of DiFR and submit the final draft of the Plan
  • Compiling a brief end of assignment report detailing the constraints and lessons leant in undertaking the assignment to inform future similar work
  • Submit the report to the DiFR

Assignment 3: Developing the Fruits and Vegetables (Phytosanitary and Quality Assurance) Rules 2016

Country: Uganda

Location with Country: Kampala

Name of Client: Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives through the Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP) with Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

Start period: April/2015

Completion: May/2016

Key Experts of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and the functions they performed:

  1. 1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Key Expert on Development of Fruits and Vegetable rules
  2. Jeffrey Atwiine, Reviewed the fruits and vegetable rules

Narrative description of Project: Food Safety Associates Ltd/NIRAS/BSI team was requested by Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives to develop a Fruits and Vegetables Phytosanitary and Quality Assurance Rules that will enable the fruits and vegetable operators and official controls comply with the requirements for the EU markets.

Objective: The objective was to provide an instrument that could be issued by government to enforce phytosatinary and quality assurance requirements set out in the various EU legislation within the Uganda fruits and vegetable subsector so as to ensure compliance of the exports to the EU market requirements

Description of actual services provided by key Consultants of Food Safety Associates Ltd:

The project involved desk work review of the EU market requirements for fruits and vegetables set out in the various EU legislations.

It also involved reviewing the current Plant Health and Protection Act (2015), The Agricultural Chemicals Control Act (2006), the Plant Variety Protection Act (2014) and others such as the Food and Drugs Act (1964) and Public Health Act (1969) to identify provisions related to phytosanitary and food safety that have effect on production, handling, trade and export of fruits and vegetables. And by adopting the Government of Uganda Format for development of Rules (Statutory Instruments) develop the Fruits and Vegetable (Phytosanitary and Quality Assurance) Rules for enforcing compliance with requirements for fruits and vegetables that are harmonized with those applied in the EU markets

Assignment 4: Supporting the collaboration between MTIC/QUISP and Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering to establish a Masters’ Degree Course in Food Safety and Quality Management

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Kampala

Name of client: The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC) Under the Quality Infrastructure and Standards Project (QUISP)

Start period: January/ 2016

Completion: March/2016

Narrative description of the project: The overall objective of the proposed course was to produce adequate and well equipped food safety and quality professionals that can support the establishment and sustenance of an appropriate food safety and quality system which is capable to respond to the ever changing needs of the agro food sector in Uganda and beyond.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates ltd:

  1. Conducted  a capacity  gap  analysis in industry and  potential  employer institutions and identified food safety and quality issues that should be covered by the course to meet the needs of the agro-food sectors
  2. Provided  technical  expertise in the  design  and  development  of  course  content and curriculum by Makerere  University, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering.
  3. Supported  the  development  of the course content and curriculum  by  working with  key academic  staff  at the DFTN
  4. Coordinated stakeholders consultations with respect to development of course content and the curriculum
  5. Consulted the key and representative stakeholders for their input to ensure the relevance of the course to the needs of the agro food sector.
  6. Supported  the approval process  of the  curriculum developed to ensure  compliance  with the  guidelines  recommended by the  University,  Uganda National Council  for  Higher Education  and  other relevant accreditation bodies.
  7. Provided  technical support on  all processes  leading to approval of the  courses  by relevant  bodies
  8. Supported the development of academic and laboratory inventories and identified the initial relevant teaching materials and aids needed for the commencement of the Msc Programme
  9. Developed a resource  roadmap for implementation of the MSC FSQM programme by  Mak SFTNB,
  10. Supported  exchange visits and information sharing  with reputable  institutions  with  experience  of  running similar or related programs  for  successful implementation of   the  developed program

Assignment 5: Developing a Traceability User Manual for Operators in the Fruits and Vegetables Export Supply Chain

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Kampala

Name of Client: Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives through the Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP) in Collaboration with the Uganda Fruits and Vegetable Exporters and Producers Association, Uganda Export Promotions Board and MAAIF

Start period: December/ 2015

Completion: February/ 2016

Key experts of Food Safety Associates Ltd Involved and the functions they performed:

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, key expert on  Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme
  2. Nelson Wafula, Reviewed the Traceability User Manual for Operators in the Fruits and Vegetables Export Supply Chain

Narrative description of Project: Food Safety Associates Ltd/NIRAS/BSI team was requested by Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives to develop a tool for enabling the fruits and vegetable operators play their roles as stipulated in the Implementation Guide for the Traceability of Fruits and Vegetables in the Export Supply Chain

 

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates experts within the assignment

  1. The Food Safety Associates Experts worked with the representatives of the Uganda Fruits and Vegetable Exporters and Producers Association and MAAIF and visited facilities of some of the Fruits and Vegetables operators to seek their views.
  2. Developed tracing manual which was reviewed with the coordinators or agronomists of the export companies. The final manual was discussed with representatives of MAAIF, UFVEPA and technical personnel of export companies.

Assignment 6: Traceability for Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Exports in Uganda: Implementation Guide

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperative (MTIC) through Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme (QUISP) with Ministry Of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)

Start period: May/2015

Completion: June/2015

Narrative description of the project: Food Safety Associates Ltd/NIRAS/BSI team was requested by Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives to come up with implementation guide for Traceability of Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Exports in Uganda.

The overall goal was to come up with guidelines that are purposed to the manner in which different players undertake traceability activities and how they are linked together to establish an effective traceability that can allow Uganda’s stakeholders respond effectively to any food related incident involving fruits and vegetable exports. Draft the document for guiding the implementation of the traceability requirements by all stakeholders in fruits and vegetable sector in Uganda.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates Experts:

  1. Considered fruit and vegetable facilities, processes and procedures of operators and practices along the production and supply chain
  2. Sampled exporters of fruits and vegetables
  3. Sampled farms that supply the exporters under study
  4. Sampled at least one pack house operated by exporters understudy
  5. Visited facilities of entire production and supply chain (from on-farm to airport chain) to observe activities and consult operators on modalities for: Product collection/bulking, product loading and offloading, handling, packaging, transportation, packing and shipment
  6. Consulted with MAAIF, UEPB, MTIC and Uganda Fruits and Vegetable exporters and producers on the current and feasible system for identification and information generation in light of international best practices already established in the Traceability system guide.

Assignment 7: Strengthening of Sanitary, Phytosanitary and Quality Infrastructure in Uganda to Meet the Export Requirements for Agro-food Products Program

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Kampala

Name of client: United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Start date: April/ 2015

Completion: June/ 2015

Food Safety Associates expert involved and functions he performed:

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Key Expert on Sanitary, Phytosanitary and Quality Infrastructure

Narrative description of the project: The overall goal was to develop and sustain agro-food exports to support employment, increase the people’s income and contribute to poverty reduction.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates Expert:

  1. Implementation of key aspects of National SPS Policy and Strategic development plan for food safety (2016-2020)
  2. Development, enactment and implementation of rules for food safety, sanitary and phytosanitary controls for exports in line with Policy, Strategy and existing Acts
  3. An institutional framework for coordinating food safety and quality controls in the country established in accordance to the new food safety law
  4. Institutional structure for supporting official controls for SPS streamlined and roles of individual institutions harmonized, rationalized and clarified
  5. Risk Analysis framework for agro-food sectors developed and implemented for all exported commodities
  6. Standard operating procedures for SPS inspection that are in accordance to EU regulations developed and implemented
  7. Data bases for all agro-food operators within the agro-food export chain established
  8. Tools such as quarantined pests and approved pesticides developed to support inspection services
  9. An organized system for surveillance for plant and animal products established and implemented
  10. Rapid alert system for plant and animal products developed and implemented
  11. Rationalize the use of the available laboratory services
  12. Continuous exchange of technical information between operators within the chain together with mandated public sector institutions through regular meeting supported

Assignment 8: Inventories of New Industrial POPs: Perflorooctane Sulfonic Acids (PFOS), Its Salts and Perflorooctane Sulfonyl Floride (PFOS-F) in Uganda

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Kampala

Client: National Environmental Management Authority

Start period: October/2014

Completion: February/2015

Food Safety Associates expert involved and functions he performed:

Narrative description of Project: The main objective of this assignment was to carry out inventory of new industrial Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): Perflorooctane Sulfonic Acids (PFOS), its salts and Perflorooctane Sulfonyl Floride (PFOS-F) and establish the quantity of PFOS in Uganda’s environment and develop the action plan for its management in accordance with the Stockholm convention requirements.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates ltd:

  1. Reviewed and documented data and information on the manufacture, use and importation of articles containing PFOS and PFOS-F
  2. Conducted national inventories to collect information from sectors dealing with products that contain PFOS
  3. Identified the types and quantities of processes using the articles containing PFOS; identified the types of alternatives available at the international level and which are used in products and processes at the international level so as to replace the PFOS
  4. Proposed acceptable purposes and specific exceptions applicable to Ugandan scenario
  5. Developed strategies with measures, timelines and goals for the management of these chemicals (actions plans under the NIP);
  6. Prepared inventory report for these chemicals;
  7. Collaborated and provided information when required to other task teams carrying out similar consultancies under the project;
  8. Made other input that was appropriate to ensure that the inventory report on these industrial chemicals reflects the circumstances of Uganda regarding the subject matter.

Assignment 9: Providing technical Assistance to Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme in Uganda PHASE 11

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Start date: February/2014

Completion date: January/2015

Hired team: Food Safety Associates Ltd/NIRAS/BSI

Key Experts of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and the functions they performed:

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Key Expert on Coordination of Quality and Standardisation
  2. Mr. Jeffrey Atwine, SQMT Legal Frameworks Expert

Narrative description of the project: The overall objective was to promote sustainable use of standards and quality infrastructure so as to improve the competitiveness of Uganda’s products, processes and service delivery systems in domestic, regional and international markets

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates Ltd:

  • Reviewing the results and recommendations of a study carried out to identify gaps in the legal framework for the enforcement of technical regulations that need to be filled
  • Supporting the development and/or enactment of new legislation to fill the identified gaps
  • Facilitate (where appropriate) stakeholder consultations during the review and update of the respective current laws in quality infrastructure area.
  • Providing technical input on the on-going study on the establishment of national framework for coordination and collaboration of all stakeholders in standards and quality area – The standards and quality forum
  • Advising on the establishment of elaborate procedures and chart for mode of coordination and operations of the standards and quality forum
  • Assisting in the drafting of procedures, modalities and frequency for national quality and standards forum

Assignment 10: Consultancy to provide technical support to implementation of priority activities under the QUISP

Country: Uganda

Location within country: Kampala

Name of Client: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Start date period: September/2014

Completion: January/2015

Key Experts of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and the functions they performed:

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire (Team Leader)
  2. Prof. Charles Muyanja (Food Safety Expert),
  3. Mr. Jeffrey Atwine (legal Expert)
  4. Mr. Roland Karumuna (Meat Hygiene Expert)

Narrative description of Project: The assignment aimed to:

  1. Review and update the draft National SPS policy and its implementation plan and support the QUISP PMU and the task force that was established to implement the meat standards in Kampala Market
  2. Support the continuation of legal and regulatory review that was initiated during the course of QUISP 1 and QUISP 2 which was abruptly halted when the work of technical assistance team of QUISP was suspended after the donor with drew the funding
  3. Support the establishment of the National Quality Coordination Forum and Implementation of strategies to strengthen and reform the national quality infrastructure in Uganda already agreed upon during the QUISP phase 1and 2

Description of actual services provided by FSA staff regarding meat hygiene standards within the assignment: 

The Food Safety Associates (FSA) Ltd’s Experts reviewed and undertook a Gap Analysis in abattoirs in Kampala and wrote a comprehensive report. The gap analysis identified the areas within the enterprises that required greater technical emphasis. They compiled training and awareness materials that focus on improvement of the specific aspects identified and conducted a workshop to sensitise the representatives of abattoir operators. The experts developed materials used in the training of the meat business operators selected by MTIC and Task force.

Assignment 11: Consultancy to establish a well functioning food safety control system in Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

Name of client: Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department of Fisheries Resources/Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA)

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Entebbe

Start date period: November/2012

Completion: September/2013

Name of senior professional staff of our firm involved and functions performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Team Leader
  2. Prof. Charles Muyanja, Food safety expert
  3. Mr. David Baziwane, Food Safety Expert

Narrative description of the project: The main goal was to recommend the appropriate measures to establish a well coordinated and functioning food control system for MAAIF

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates (ltd):

  1. Carried out desk and literature review to obtain information on the best international practices in food safety control and the existing system in Uganda
  2. Carried out field visits to food producers, processors, handlers etc to identify the existing practices and the deficiencies in food control and management and establishment level.
  3. Consulted national level stakeholders to identify their views and suggestions to the national food control system suited for Uganda
  4. Produced an analytical report to the current status of food safety control system and what changes are necessary to establish a well coordinated and functioning food control system under MAAIF
  5. Developed an implementation manual and protocols to guide MAAIF in introduction and implementation of food control system recommended

Assignment 12: Undertaking a midterm review for the ICEIDA funded Quality Assurance for Fish Marketing Project implemented by the Department of Fisheries Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Entebbe

Name of client: Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department of Fisheries Resources/Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA)

Start period: March/2012

Completion: August/2013

Narrative description of the project: The development objective of the project was to increase volume of marketed fish both in the domestic and export markets through reduction in post-harvest losses. The main objective of the Midterm review was to review the project’s two and a half year period of implementation and establish if the project was still on track to achieve its intended objectives and meet its goal, and recommends the necessary changes where necessary to be implemented in the remaining term of the project

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates ltd:

  1. Visited the project office to obtain appropriate briefing and necessary information on the working of the project
  2. Met the officials of MAAIF, Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, and ICEIDA to discuss leadership and vision of the project and the financing mechanisms
  3. Interacted with project stakeholders across the project districts and MAAIF headquarters to obtain updates on project implementation
  4. Visited project sites to interact with the beneficiaries and assess the state of the facilities and services provided by the project
  5. Provided and drafted report for review by the clients

Developed a final report

Assignment 13: Providing Technical Assistance to Economic Partnership Agreement and Trade related Private Sector Support (EPA TAPSS) Programme

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Start period: August/2012

Completion : June/2013

Hired team: Agriconsulting Europe/Ecorys Nederlands and Food Safety Associates Ltd

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and functions he performed

Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Team Leader – SPS component of the Technical Assistance Team.

Narrative description of the project: The main goal of the assignment was to strengthen standards environment and mechanism for implementation of SPS measures with a view to enabling Uganda’s products conform to international quality requirements

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates (ltd) staff:

  1. Developed the SPS awareness and sensitisation materials
  2. Trained the local government staff on good SPS practice.
  3. Drafted SPS guidelines, standard operating procedures and code of good practices
  4. Undertook a study on revitalisation of the WTO notifications office under MTIC
  5. Undertook a functional analysis study for the mandated public SPS institutions

Assignment 14: Capacity and equipment inventory of testing and calibration laboratories in Uganda

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Start period: March/2013

Completion: June/2013

Hired company: Tropical Agriculture and Natural Resources Services Centre Ltd (TRANRSEC) with Food Safety Associates (FSA) Ltd as sub contractor

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and functions performed:

  1. Prof Charles Muyanja (Team Leader);
  2. Dr. Ananias Bagumire (Laboratory Infrastructure Expert),
  3. Mr. Kephar Kachama Kateu (Laboratory testing and methodology expert);
  4. Mr. Mulongo George (Laboratory equipment and calibration expert)

Narrative description of the project: The main objective of this assignment was to establish the capacities and inventory of conformity assessment service providers in testing, calibration fields and related certification fields in Uganda.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates (ltd):

  1. Identified and developed an inventory of both Public and Private ( including industries) testing, verification and calibration laboratories involved in conformity assessment and research activities in Uganda and reviewed the mandates and legal frameworks under which they operate,
  2. Identified and developed an inventory of key equipment available, its age, capability and calibration status and identify essential but lacking equipment in the testing and calibration laboratories,
  3. Identified the testing and calibration scopes covered by the existing testing and calibration laboratories and the scopes that are lacking but which are critically needed by clients (exporters, importers, manufacturers, regulators, etc) ,
  4. Identified and developed an inventory of the available trained experts (human resource) in SMCA field both in Public and Private Sector,
  5. Provided a comparative assessment of the time taken to provide results for similar tests/certification services and cost implications by different SMCA service providers,
  6. Identified any other competence or gaps in the existing testing and calibration laboratories in terms of; expertise, accreditation status, presence or absence of formal laboratory quality management systems, equipment maintenance and servicing capacity, existence of formal laboratory safety management systems, operating environment, ICT capability, existence of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), and any other capacity needs and challenges,
  7. Based on the gap analysis, prepared proposals for capacity development of human and physical resources,
  8. Provided/designed the criteria for rationalizing the set up and allocation of centers of excellence in for specific testing and certification services,
  9. Recommended a sustainable way of keeping and updating a database on laboratory capacities and equipment inventory as an important component of quality infrastructure

Produced and presented an inception report for stakeholder input and later produce a draft report for discussion and stakeholder in put before producing a final report

Assignment 15: Providing technical Assistance to Quality Infrastructure and Standards Programme in Uganda

Country: Uganda

Location with Country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Start date period: June/2011

Completion: May/2013

Hired company: NIRAS and Food Safety Associates Ltd as sub contractor

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates involved and functions performed:

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Key Expert on Coordination of Quality and Standardisation Stakeholders
  2. Mr. Jeffrey Atwine, SQMT Legal Frameworks Expert

Narrative description of the project: The overall objective was to promote sustainable use of standards and quality infrastructure so as to improve the competitiveness of Uganda’s products, processes and service delivery systems in domestic, regional and international markets

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates (ltd) staff:

  • Reviewed the results and recommendations of a study carried out to identify gaps in the legal framework for the enforcement of technical regulations that needed to be filled
  • Supported the development and/or enactment of new legislation to fill the identified gaps
  • Facilitated (where appropriate) stakeholder consultations during the review and update of the respective current laws in quality infrastructure area.
  • Provided technical input on the on-going study on the establishment of national framework for coordination and collaboration of all stakeholders in standards and quality area – The standards and quality forum
  • Advised on the establishment of elaborate procedures and chart for mode of coordination and operations of the standards and quality forum
  • Assisted in the drafting of procedures, modalities and frequency for national quality and standards forum

Assignment 16: Study to collect data and information for developing modalities for harmonizing Uganda’s position and effective participation in SPS-related International Trade Negotiations

Country: Uganda

Location: Kampala

Name of Client: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Start period: June/2012

Completion:  September/2012

Hired companies:  Tropical Agriculture, and Natural Resources Services Centre (TRANRSEC LTD) with Food Safety Associates Limited as sub contractor

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and functions performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, (Team Leader)
  2. Prof. Charles Muyanja (SPS and Food Safety Expert)
  3. Ms. Faith Wabulya Kiboneka (SPS Expert) ;
  4. Mr. Muzoora Elly (Economist)

Narrative description of Project: The main Objective of the Project was to analyze the mandates, approaches, procedures, and current SPS issues being discussed in WTO SPS Committee, OIE, IPPC and CAC that are of interest to Uganda; so as to identify appropriate modalities for improving effectiveness of Uganda’s participation in those meetings.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates staff within the assignment

The staff was solely responsible for the assignment; they developed action plans, undertook filed work, literature search, reviewed mandates, modalities and procedures of the studied organizations and produced the required reports and final outputs of the assignment

Assignment 17: Developing modalities for harmonising Uganda’s position and effective participation in food safety-related international trade negotiations

Country: Uganda

Location within Country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives

Start period: June/2012

Completion July/2012

Hired companies:  Tropical Agriculture, and Natural Resources Services Centre (TRANRSEC LTD) with Food Safety Associates Limited as sub contractor

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and functions performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire (Team Leader) and
  2. Prof. Charles Muyanja (Food Safety Expert)

Narrative description of the project: the aim was to provide information for guiding Ugandan delegates attending international meetings to push for harmonized national positions in Codex and international food safety meetings.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates (ltd):

  1. Reviewed of the codex working manual, codex websites, WTO websites, reports of codex and its technical committees’ meetings and various technical reports on the subject matter.
  2. Review and appraisal of national policies related to food safety and national food safety strategic plan.
  3. Establishment of key contacts with in relevant public institutions that provided some information that was based on.
  4. Studied 3 cases of developed, developing and less developed countries in order to get Ugandan delegates an informed point of view of different countries.
  5. Obtained the required information/data both in published and un-published form from scientific, policy and trade journals; research reports, and dissertations, and various websites.

Assignment 18: Implementation of EAC/UNIDO-NORAD Programme on Trade Capacity Building in Agro- Industry products for Establishment and proof of Compliance with International Market Requirements

Country: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi

Location within Region: The capital cities of the EAC member states

Name of client: United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)

Start period: October /2009

Completion: June/ 2012

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates involved and functions he performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Regional Programme Coordinator

Narrative description of the project: The global objective of the programme was to enhance institutional capacities of the five countries members of the East African Community to implement WTO TBT/SPS agreements and achieve compliance with international markets requirements.

The main objectives are to enhance the capacity of enterprises to produce according to international market requirements and strengthen export oriented support services mainly relating to conformity assessment.

Objectives of the National components

  • (a) Provide technical and logistical support to national export-support institutions to participate effectively in regional harmonization of SPS measures and standards
  • (b) Provide technical and Information Technology support to national TBT and SPS enquiry and notification points to improve service delivery to the private sector
  • (c) Upgrade selected national chemistry laboratories based on the identified needs and assist them to accreditation in selected scopes
  • (d) Upgrade selected national microbiology laboratories based on the identified needs and assist them to accreditation in selected scopes
  • (e) Upgrade enterprises for selected agro-industry products to serve as pilot models for demonstrating the application of appropriate food safety management systems and assist towards ISO 22,000:2005 certification.

Description of actual services provided by staff of Food Safety Associates:

  • (a) Provided experts to produce a draft and support consultations in the development of an EAC SPS protocol
  • (b) Provided experts to produce a draft and support consultations in the development of EAC Harmonised measures for food safety
  • (c) Supported regional technical experts in a series of meetings to update EAC to Harmonised measures for plant health, Animal Health and sanitary measures for fish and fishery products
  • (d) Supported the relevant East African Standards sectoral committees to develop various EAC Harmonised regional standards for food and food products
  • (e) Supported East African Business Council (EABC) to sensitise the business community about the TBT and SPS issues affecting trade in agro-products through workshops, printed material and websites
  • (f) Provided experts to draft an EABC Business guide on TBT and SPS , support the regional consultation on draft and printing of final copies of the guide
  • (g) Assisted all EAC member states to develop mechanisms for developing and implementing food safety and SPS policies
  • (h) Assisted national laboratories in the Bureaus of Standards and other food control agencies by procuring equipment, training the staff and preparing labs for accreditation in some scopes
  • (i) Assisted member states to establish and operationalize Enquiry and notification points for TBT and SPS in line with the respective WTO agreements
  • (j) Assisted selected enterprises in EAC member states to institute appropriate food safety management systems to serve as pilot models and assist them in preparation for ISO 22,000:2005 certification

Assignment 19: Development of Code of good practices for food safety in aquaculture and artisanal fisheries subsectors and a fish inspector’s guide

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Entebbe

Name of Client: Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department of Fisheries Resources/Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA)

Start date: March/2011

Completion):  June/2011

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates involved and functions performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Team Leader
  2. Prof. Charles Muyanja, Quality assurance expert
  3. Ms. Faith Wabulya, fish and fishery products expert

Narrative description of Project: The main goal was to develop codes of good practices that would support stakeholders and operators in fisheries subsector to comply with the newly developed regulatory requirements needed to guarantee safety of fish at all stages in the chain.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates staff within the assignment: 

  1. Assessed the current practices by operators and produce a manual of code of good food safety and quality assurance for aquaculture products
  2. Assessed the current practices and develop the code of good food safety and quality assurance practices fish and fishery products obtained from the artisanal subsector
  3. Assessed the current practices and develop a simplified inspectors’ guide to be used by inspectors during MSC activities for fish and fishery products
  4. Presented the developed documents to the respective representatives of the stakeholders and revised the document

Assignment 20: Harmonising legislation for control of quality assurance of aquaculture products with that of the EU

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Kampala

Name of client: Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department of Fisheries Resources/Icelandic International Development Agency (ICEIDA

Start date: October/2010

Completion: February/2011

Name of senior professional staff of our firm involved and functions performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Team Leader
  2. Prof. Charles Muyanja, Quality assurance expert
  3. Ms. Faith Wabulya, fish and fishery products expert
  4. Mr. Jeffrey Atwiine, Legal Expert

Narrative description of the project: The main goal was to review the existing quality assurance regulatory system for aquaculture products in order to strengthen regulations to harmonise with or meet equivalence of international market requirement and therefore ensure sustainable market access through export of aquaculture products from Uganda to the EU.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates staff:

  1. Identified gaps, revised and harmonised the Fish (Quality Assurance), Rules, 2008 with the relevant National, Regional and International legislation of aquaculture products.
  2. Identified gaps, revised and harmonised the aquaculture Rules, 2003 with National, Regional and international legislations for aquaculture products.
  3. Revised manual of standard operating procedures (SOP) for fish inspection and quality assurance , 2008
  4. Revised Manual of SOPs for Aquaculture establishment and production, 2003
  5. Consulted stake holders during the revision process (2 – commercial Fish Farmers; 2- small scale Fish Farmers; 1 feed manufacture; 3 commercial Fish processors, ; 3- related regulatory services; 1 national Fisheries Research Institute ; UNBS)
  6. Documented gaps and indicated the required costs for establishing a comprehensive quality assurance system that can be sustainable, guarantee safety and quality of aquaculture products.

Assignment 21: Mid Term Review of EAC/UNIDO-NORAD programme on Trade Capacity building in Agro-Industry products for establishment and proof of compliance with International Market Requirement

Country: Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi

Location within Region: The capital cities of the EAC member states

Name of client: United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Trade Capacity Branch

Start period: October/2009

Completion: February/2010

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and functions performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, SQMT, SPS and Project Evaluation Expert:

Narrative description of the project: The global objective of the UNIDO-NORAD programme in East Africa on Trade Capacity Building in Agro-Industry products for the establishment and proof of compliance with International Markets Requirements is to enhance institutional capacities of the five countries members of the East African Community to implement WTO, TBT/SPS agreement and to achieve compliance with international markets requirements.

Narrative description of Project: The global objective of the UNIDO-NORAD programme in East Africa on Trade Capacity Building in Agro-Industry products for the establishment and proof of Compliance with International Markets Requirements is to enhance institutional capacities of the five countries members of the East African Community to implement WTO, TBT/SPS agreement and to achieve compliance with international markets requirements.

The main objectives are:

  1. To enhance the capacity of enterprises to produce according to international market requirements
  2. To strengthen export oriented support services mainly relating to conformity assessment.

The objective of the Mid Term Review (MTR) was to assess the progress of the programme after one and a half years of implementation having started in 2007, and to identify areas of success and areas where performance was not adequate, and to suggest approaches on building on success and improving areas of the programme where adequate success had not been realised.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates staff within the assignment:

  1. Visited the five EAC member states of Uganda , Burundi,  Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania; EAC secretariat in Arusha and UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna to hold focused discussions and carryout first hand assessment of deliverables the programme had provided to programme counterpart agencies (National Bureau of standards, government ministries, institutions of high learning, private sector etc), also discuss with UNIDO experts hired to implement the programme, and obtain their views on performance  and improvement  of the programme performance in the region.
  2. Assessed the capacities of institutions (labs, inspection services, regulators, etc) being supported by the programme to establish whether the support given addresses the existing needs
  3. Updated the programme document, redrew the expected out puts, and activities to ensure that the programme is focused to meet the intended programme goal.
  4. Developed a new programme work plan and budget to ensure the remaining funds are channeled in area that address  identified needs to the stakeholders
  5. Wrote a report that analysed the status and progress of programme  implementation in the region, the capacity gaps  in supported institutions, agencies and enterprises, and needs to be done to fill those gaps and the workman and budget for the two-years period remaining on the programme for both the national and regional components of the programme

Proposed a coordination mechanism for the stakeholders in the programme to improve the delivery of programme outputs

Assignment 22: Evaluation of the Impact of Global Financial and Economic Crisis on Fish Industry in Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania, Under the UNIDO programme on impact of global financial and Economic Crisis on LDC‘s Productive Capacities and Trade.

Country: Uganda and Tanzania

Name of Client: UNIDO

Start period: September/2009

Completion: November/2009

Name of senior professional staff of Food Safety Associates Ltd involved and functions performed

Dr. Ananias Bagumire, The Team Leader

Ms. Faith Wabulya Kiboneka (Fish Industry Expert)

Narrative description of Project: The global objective of the project was to understand how the structural, competitive, and political – economic situations of specific industries were shaping the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on those industries and their future courses.

The main objective of the evaluation in East Africa was to understand the impact of global financial and economic crisis on food industries in the LDCs that depend on food exports and the appropriate interventions and/ or mitigation measures necessary.

Description of actual services provided by our staff within the assignment:

  1. Carried out a rapid assessment based on visits of selected fish factories, and interviews with executive managers and stakeholders such as fish industry associations, relevant government agencies, and donor representatives
  2. Used primary and secondary data and information obtained to analyse the status, performance, needs, and constraints of fish industry regarding trade, output, value addition, labour and industry structure during the financial and economic crisis and the implication of the crisis on future courses.

Assignment 23: Developing residue monitoring plan and harmonisation dossier for Uganda’s application to the EU for approval of aquaculture exports and harmonising legislation for control of quality assurance of aquaculture products with that of the EU

Country: Uganda

Location with country: Entebbe

Name of client: Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Department of Fisheries

Start period: March/2009

Completion: April/2009

Name of senior professional staff of our firm involved and functions performed

  1. Dr. Ananias Bagumire, Team Leader and Responsibility holder for the assignment

Narrative description of the project: The main goal of the project was to obtain approval from the EU authorities to include Uganda on the positive list of countries approved to export aquaculture products in Europe.

Description of actual services provided by Food Safety Associates (ltd):

  1. Carried out assessment of the status of aquaculture facilities and estimated the export potential of existing facilities
  2. Advised the existing aquaculture operators and collaborated with them in developing the residue monitoring plan and compilation of the harmonisation dossier submitted to EU in application for approval of Uganda’s Aquaculture exports
  3. Reviewed the existing legal frame work status of controls and proposing the sanitary surveillance and control mechanism that will improve the status quo and draw  a road map for the country progress in meeting the necessary compliance
  4. Responded to EU checklist and made a case for Uganda’s entry to EU market based on the progress made and future actions leading to compliance.

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