Project Title

Preparing Trainers to Deliver Sustainable Education to Prevent Food Safety Concerns Threatening Aquaculture Development including Related Concerns for Disease Management - a Joint FSCF PTIN and World Bank Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) Program 

Project Year

2015   

Project Number

CTI 09 2015 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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Project No.

CTI 09 2015 

Project Title

Preparing Trainers to Deliver Sustainable Education to Prevent Food Safety Concerns Threatening Aquaculture Development including Related Concerns for Disease Management - a Joint FSCF PTIN and World Bank Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) Program 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

General Project Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2015 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

73,285 

Co-funding Amount

64,850 

Total Project Value

138,135 

Sponsoring Forum

Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance (SCSC) 

Topics

Conformance; Standards 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States; Viet Nam 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Chile; China; Indonesia; Chinese Taipei; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/05/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/12/2016 

Project Proponent Name 1

Megan Crowe 

Job Title 1

Senior International Economist 

Organization 1

US Department of Commerce 

Postal Address 1

1401 Constitution Ave NW, Room 10008, Washington, DC, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 4822250 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

megan.crowe@trade.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Mai Van Tan 

Job Title 2

Head of Department 

Organization 2

Department of Science, International Collaboration and Education, Research Institute for Aquaculture No 1 (RIA1), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) 

Postal Address 2

Dinh Bang, Tu Son, Bac Ninh, Viet Nam 

Telephone 2

84 (9) 912268961 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

maivantai@ria1.org 

Declaration

Megan Crowe and Mai Van Tai 

Project Summary

This project supports Rank 1 funding priorities: standards/conformity assessment, ocean related issues, food safety, food security, trade facilitation and liberalization, and SME development.

Aquaculture provides substantial economic benefits to APEC economies, but continued success depends on responsible controls to prevent animal diseases, and address related food safety concerns.

Initial aquaculture work began in a 2010 FSCF PTIN workshop in China in partnership with the World Bank.  A subsequent MOU led to development of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) and an agreement to develop further capacity building.  This is a joint APEC FSCF PTIN/GFSP project that also has support of the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group.   

The deliverable would be a 4 day train-the-trainer workshop scheduled in Hanoi, Vietnam, in late September 2015 for selected APEC aquaculture expert participants. The program will provide orientation to practices and controls for food safety including related issues for disease management.

Relevance

According to the FAO, 20 of 21 APEC economies are aquaculture producers and 9 APEC economies are among the top 20 global producers worldwide.  Aquaculture development and commerce have provided substantial benefits, but continued success depends on responsible controls to prevent the primary threats associated with persistent food safety issues (proper sanitation, specific hazards controls and improper use of antibiotics) and related concerns for disease management such as the recent bacterial infections (EMS; Early Mortality Syndrome) that have caused devastating declines in world shrimp production. The project selection process will help identify appropriate personnel with talent, ability and responsibilities to conduct future trainings. These individuals, and their recommendations, will be used to establish an APEC Cadre of Instructors for Aquaculture Product Safety. The Cadre of instructors will be involved in the evaluation of future training events, contribute to develop course support materials through the internet, and attend continuing educational events for regulatory and commercial audiences in each of the APEC eligible economies.

This directly addresses Rank 1 funding priorities: standards and conformity assessment, ocean related issues for economic growth, food safety and food security, trade facilitation and liberalization, and SME development including access to regional and global markets.   Aquaculture is a key industry for many APEC economies and the vast majority of businesses are small holder farms.  By addressing disease prevention with food safety in this train-the-trainer workshop, knowledge will be further disseminated across the region and will have positive outcomes for economic growth, food safety and food security, and trade.

Objectives

The overall objective is to establish a cadre of trainers as an ‘APEC network’ to communicate and coordinate delivery of pertinent information for responsible and successful aquaculture operations. The 4 day program will prepare trainers to serve as conduits for information to prevent food safety problems and related issues involved in management practices to avert potential animal diseases in aquaculture operations. The approach includes:

a) Selection of  candidates to assure capability, roles and intentions to provide an exchange of information with pertinent audiences in respective economies;

b) Completion of  a standardized aquaculture product safety HACCP course that provides recognized qualifications and credentials for subsequent training efforts consistent with existing regulations, established authorities and market expectations; and

c) Concurrent completion of an introductory course for management of animal diseases based on recent experiences in commercial operations including use of appropriate controls during adverse situations.

Trainers will be further supported to carry forward training in their respective economies after the course through

a) visual and audio tools with instruction manuals; and

b) exposure to internet resources and linked with continuing resources and programs to help sustain and maintain pertinent and current training.

Alignment

The project supports APEC wide priorities of promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment by providing training in best practices in food safety and disease prevention in aquaculture to further integrate and facilitate trade across the region.  APEC Leaders have noted the importance of food safety in most of the past Leader’s Statements including the 2014 statement, and Ministers have noted its importance in every statement since 2007 when the FSCF was formed.  In 2014 Ocean Ministers noted the importance of sustainable aquaculture and promotion of aquaculture for food security.  Strengthening aquaculture practices is a specific goal of the Food Security Roadmap towards 2020.

The APEC FSCF PTIN had aquaculture as a priority area of interest since 2010 when it delivered initial training in aquaculture.  The goal of the FSCF PTIN is to provide capacity building in food safety through public-private partnership in 5 key areas (aquaculture falls under supply chain management) and has worked to pursue this goal since 2008.  In partnering with the Global Food Safety Partnership, a plan was made to further develop and disseminate train-the- trainer capacity building and eventually enable training to be available globally.  This workshop represents initial steps towards that goal and would facilitate trade across the region, reduce food insecurity, and address food safety and public health issues.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: The outputs this activity will create are:

a) The delivery of a customized, certificate-level aquaculture food safety and supply chain management training program.  This training will be conducted with text and audio-visual support accessible through classroom and internet based formats.  The training will focus on (a) existing and proven educational courses for seafood/aquaculture HACCP programs established by the Seafood HACCP Alliance/Association of Food and Drug Officials (SHA/AFDO), and (b) emerging management practices for aquatic farm animal health based on ‘lessons learned’ in recent commercial operations (i.e., RAF).

b)  The establishment of a network of trainers as ‘qualified’ instructors.  As a result of this training, instructors will be prepared and formally recognized to deliver future trainings through a standardized curriculum following HACCP principles and related pre-requisites for sanitation control procedures (SCP) to fish and fishery product processing and related farming practices. These practices are recognized as adequate by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) and all affiliated food safety authorities of the U.S. Association of Food and Drug Official (AFDO).  Additional training will address related concerns for aquaculture disease management as it relates to food safety through reduced reliance on antibiotics.  The additional training will also involve expertise from SHA/AFDO, FDA and JIFSAN (Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/University of Maryland/FDA).

Outcomes: By establishing an APEC network of trainers for sustainable delivery of current and effective measures it is expected that the output will be better maintenance of aquaculture product safety including management practices to prevent aquatic animal diseases in the APEC region.

Objectives:

- Identify a cadre of potential ‘in-economy’ trainers that are qualified, able, recommended and intending to provide educational support for food safety and related disease management issues in the commerce and regulation of aquaculture production, processing and marketing.

- Assemble a new, customized training program with text and audio-visual support accessible through classroom and internet formats based on 1) existing and proven educational programs for seafood/aquaculture HACCP programs, and 2) emerging management practices for aquatic farm animal health.

- Convene an introductory Train-the-Trainers program for four days of instruction and practice in conducting training programs that will be 1) formally recognized with recorded certifications for trainer qualifications, and 2) aligned with continuing evaluations for training activities, impacts and additional support to sustain the APEC Aquaculture Trainer Network (AATN).

Beneficiaries: Participants will need to meet specific criteria, including being a trainer from a recognized institution, program or company, having the support of their organizations, and the authority to deliver future training for audience involving aquaculture production and commerce. Criteria for selection of participants is necessary to assure the trainers will indeed conduct training in their respective nations or region and the training will be uniform, current and consistent with established methods, requirements and expectations. The selection criteria will involve an application process screening for;

- Experience with pertinent food safety concerns, HACCP concepts and/or related hazards involving animal diseases management as may apply to aquaculture operations.

- Ability to offer training programs either as part of an assigned occupation or position including government or private sector roles with identified support for related training.

- Evidence for intent to actually conduct related training programs and maintain liaison for continuing evaluations and support to maintain such training.

- Recommendations to attest to the experience, ability and intent to conduct pertinent training in-economy or in-region.

The selection of participants will involve advice or appointments from the APEC economies and a Trainer Committee assigned to advise and review the applications for pre-approval. 

APEC economies will benefit from the training:

-  In-economy trainer preparation and linkage to continuing support will assure more immediate access to advice and resources to compliment regulatory programs and authorities in respect economies.

-  Access to in-economy trainers can provide more immediate response to commercial needs in respective operations per species and economies.

-  In-economy trainers can assure more protection and enhancement of values, employment and responsible use of resources involving aquaculture operations and commerce.

-  In-economy training with sustainable support can help assure commerce and product values through international markets that require certain controls and product expectations.

- Likewise, appropriate in-economy training can help assure more responsible and sustainable aquaculture for the general welfare and health of consumers in local economies.

Dissemination

- Training materials will be publicly available on the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) website.

- Training materials will be disseminated and publicly available through the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) housed at the World Bank.  The GFSP may continue to provide this training program in other economies using GFSP funds.

- The target audience will be other trainers who are interested in disseminating the training in their economy.

-  The training material will be available in English and Spanish.  However, if trainers would like to further translate training materials for subsequent training use in their own economy that expense will be the responsibility of the training participant’s organization.

Gender

Engagement of training participants will work to include good participation of both men and women in the project activities.  Half of the project organizers are women.  Project objectives benefit women by providing train the trainer knowledge to women trainers, and by ultimately providing safer aquaculture outputs and better public health outputs to both men and women.

The project encourages the selection of women to enhance capacity building at the local level.  Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Production and delivery of the initial training content will be in English with full intentions to involve local institutions and programs in participating economies to provide assistance, as available, for translations and gender components to better suit use of the base contents.

Work Plan

The 4 day workshop will be held in late September 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam, and will include representatives from all APEC travel eligible economies.  Preparation of training materials and identification of qualified participants will commence in early 2015 and will build on the PTIN 2011 workshop and GFSP aquaculture work.  Follow up will be done to measure impact of the training and to encourage continued dissemination of training materials.

The existing aquaculture training content is applicable across all economies in that it addresses the prevailing food safety issues common for all aquaculture products, farms and processing operations. Differences due to local regulations can be covered in required pre-requisite programs, and issues with scale of operations can be addressed in the manner of controls and necessary records. HACCP and disease management may require adjustments in priorities, but the issues pertinent to food safety are not restricted by geographic setting or local economies

Tentative timeline:

a) May/June 2015- draft invitation, recruit participants from APEC developing economies

b) May- July 2015- develop training materials and agenda

c) May/June 2015- confirm trainers and speakers

d) Late September 2015- hold 4 day workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam

e) Upon workshop conclusion- draft workshop report

f) November/December 2015- follow up survey

g) March 2015- follow up survey

h) September 2016- follow up survey

Risks

The timeline for holding the workshop by late September will be tight, however, project overseers will adhere to strict deadlines to manage work.  It will also be important to ensure the right participants are involved so as to ensure sustainability of the training going forward.  Criteria for participants have been carefully thought out and should address the issue of having the right participants in the training.  One possible mitigating factor is that the training course and materials will be available on line, at no cost, in both English and Spanish languages.

Due to the importance of aquaculture in the region, low participation is not seen as a large risk. However, should some economies fail to select a candidate, additional, potential trainers will be invited.  The plan is to include at least two participants per eligible economy. Financial support for travel is covered, and the proposal has so far gained significant endorsements from APEC economies.

Monitoring and Evaluation

This project is expected to train 22 trainers  (2 from each of the 11 travel eligible economies),  Each of these trainers is asked to conduct at least two follow up training sessions in their respective economy before the end of 2016.  Follow up training could also be done online using the freely available training materials at minimal cost.  Project trainers will continue follow up with course participants.  .

Once the participants have been identified and complete the initial courses, the resulting APEC network of aquaculture trainers can be progressively monitored as a ‘unit’ to determine the delivery and utility of training programs, mode and effectiveness of delivery and materials, needs for supplemental support and training in terms of materials and internet sources, and issues compromising training or aquaculture success. Monitoring can be arranged in two fashions, 1) periodic through assigned questionnaires, and 2) on an as needed bases or as volunteered by individual trainers. The returns can be compiled to direct additional responses to better preparing training support and trainers.

As for point 1) assignment of pre and post questionnaires: a set of pilot evaluation tools will be designed and administered to participants before and after the training to measure the effectiveness and impact of the capacity building training program.  More specifically, the pre-training evaluations will assist the trainers in developing a baseline for current understanding and needs’ levels through courses and web-based materials. The post-training evaluations will capture changes in awareness and ability to delivery courses with current support.  They will also support recommendations to change or supplement current training delivery in APEC economies. To participate in the surveys is considered an integral part of the training impact evaluation process and it is a requirement in order to receive a certificate at the end of the training.  Questionnaires will collect (i) general information about participants (trainers and trainees) as well as data on (ii) satisfaction levels (training and environment); (iii) learning levels (retained information; applied knowledge); (iv) reasons to participate (needs; expectations, motivations); (v) barriers and difficulties level. 

·  The participating trainers will have more involved and recognized talent valued within their nation and available to advance future assistance for sustainable and responsible aquaculture.

.  All trainers will be oriented and linked with continuing resources and programs to help sustain and maintain pertinent and current training.

Linkages

Engagement: Outreach has been done to the Oceans and Fisheries Working Group and Policy Partnership on Food Security to encourage cross collaboration.  There can be stakeholders involved through the GFSP including the World Bank, Responsible Aquaculture Foundation (RAF), Global Aquaculture Alliance, Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Joint Institute of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN), World Health Organization (FAO-Fisheries Division), and regional APEC expertise.

Previous Work: Initial aquaculture work began in a 2010 FSCF PTIN workshop in China in partnership with the World Bank.  A subsequent MOU between the FSCF and the World Bank led to development of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) and an agreement to develop further capacity building.  This is a joint APEC FSCF PTIN/GFSP project that also has support of the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Group. The aquaculture work also builds upon the Blue Economy focus of the 2015 Philippines year.  

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: Aquaculture is an important sector to the APEC region.   APEC funding of this project is also important as it shows the collaboration between the APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) and the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) and further builds upon the MOU signed between the World Bank and the FSCF for continued collaboration in capacity building.  The GFSP is providing funding for the trainers of this project and APEC funds will provide for travel for developing economy representatives to attend.  The goal is to build a sustainable network of trainers across the APEC region that will continue to train others in their economy after the initial workshop is completed.

Sustainability

The goal is to build a sustainable network of trainers across the APEC region that will continue to train others in their economy after the initial workshop is completed.  By carefully vetting participants, it is expected that participants will be positioned to deliver training in their own economies through their own training institutions upon completion of the training.  Trainers will be provided with course material for further replication of training.  Follow up with participants by the Responsible Aquaculture Foundation will be done to assess whether future trainings are scheduled and if any additional support is needed to assure that the training takes place.  Progress on outcomes and impacts will be measured through questionnaires to program participants.  To establish an APEC network of qualified trainers with in-country capacity for food safety and aquaculture commerce requires time and effort.  This initial activity intends to create ‘momentum’ and identify ‘leaders of change’ who commit to conduct at least 2 follow-up training sessions in his/her respective economy before the end of 2016.

Outcomes of the work will be reported at the SCSC, FSCF, Oceans and Fisheries, and PPFS meetings..  Outcomes will also be reported at the Global Food Safety Partnership meetings through the World Bank and could be distributed more broadly in that way.

The project anticipates keeping  participants informed in post-training activities including: ability to access online courses and newsletters directed towards training recipients.

Project Overseers

·   Megan Crowe, Senior International Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce

·   Mai Van Tai, Head of Department, Department of Science, International Collaboration and Education, Research Institute for Aquaculture No.1 (RIA1), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development (MARD), Vietnam

·   Emanuela Montanari-Stephens, Liaison Officer, Global Food Safety Partnership Secretariat, World Bank 

.    Steve Otwell, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, United States

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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