Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Linking research to private sector needs (1)

7-9 April 2019. Cairo. Africa Food Manufacturing conference.

ICARDA video interview with Atef Wafic Idriss 
MENA Food Safety Associates (MEFOSA) was formed to assist companies hone their competitive edge by establishing and verifying procedures and practices that ensure quality, wholesome and safe products. It provides consulting, auditing and training services in HACCP, GMPs, Hygiene and more. MEFOSA can help move businesses into a leadership position through science-based food safety.

Atef Wafic Idriss pf MEFOSA responds to following questions on Public Private Partnerships and Linking research to private sector research priorities:
  • What is the impact of ICARDA's fusarium resistant chickpea in Lebanon?(Note: Some fusarium species produce mycotoxins in cereal crops that can affect human and animal health if they enter the food chain)
  • Was this variety up-scaled?(Note: there is no seed multiplication system in Lebanon except for wheat which is done by the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute LARI)
  • How difficult is it to convince researchers to do research based on private sector priorities?
  • What is your main message for donors?

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