Projects SAFE Transforming Zimbabwe’s Animal Health and Food Safety Systems for the Future

Transforming Zimbabwe’s Animal Health and Food Safety Systems for the Future

The overall objective of the “Transforming Zimbabwe’s Animal Health and Food Safety Systems for the Future” (SAFE) project, is to transform Zimbabwe’s animal health, sanitary and phytosanitary/food safety systems for improved livestock productivity, food safety and consumer safety to enhance market access.

SAFE is aligned to the locations of the ZAGP livestock value chains and the major ports of entry into Zimbabwe. 

To achieve the project objective, SAFE will focus on animal disease control and sanitary and phytosanitary and food safety services.

The project focuses on building the capacity for animal disease control and sanitary and phytosanitary food safety services in the livestock and food processing and handling sectors. The overall objective of the project is to transform Zimbabwe’s animal health and food safety systems for improved livestock productivity, food safety and consumer safety that enhance both domestic and international market access. 

The SAFE project is led by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations working in partnership with the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement as well as the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC). 

SAFE is focusing on the public sector regulatory authorities and facilitated a number of trainings for government officers for adoption and implementation of international standards.

Following the "Farm to Fork" concept, the SAFE project is designed to implement interventions that enable the overall improvement of the environment for the value chain actors to be able to express full potential in the production of targeted animal products that meet both domestic and international quality and food safety standards. The two main areas of focus are animal disease control and food safety services. 

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