AFRICA – Dr Blaise Ouattara, the Regional Food safety and Quality Officer for Africa at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will be speaking at the Africa Food Safety Summit.

Blaise started his career in 1989 as a Lecturer at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and subsequently served as Invited Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, Ontario and INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Laval, Quebec

Prior to joining FAO, Rome, he worked at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in the Policy and Program Branch as a national Specialist, Food Microbiology and in the Science Branch as Chief of the risk prioritization and profiling unit.

While there, he steered the development of the CFIA’s risk prioritization and profiling process and the abattoir component of the Canadian Integrated Program on Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS).

Experienced at developing strong partnerships with industry stakeholders and government departments and in reviewing / developing national food safety policies.

His position as the  Technical Director of the Canadian Meat Council (CMC), Canada’s national trade association of federally-inspected meat packers and processors of meat and poultry, equipped him with a robust industry experience.

“I have several articles in peer-reviewed journals and have been invited to speak at national, regional, and international conferences,” he says.

Blaise has a passion for food safety and aims to contribute in achieving safer food and fair trade of food and food products at global level.

He will be talking about “Food Safety Infrastructure & Standards Development to Enhance Trade in Africa” at the Summit scheduled for July 20-22.

About 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit

The 2022 Africa Food Safety Summit in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) is Africa’s premier and largest international food safety, quality management and conformity conference and exhibition.

The Summit brings together regional and global experts and stakeholders to share the latest trends in science and technology; regulations, standards and compliance; operations and sustainable adoption of food safety practices and technologies in the entire agriculture and food value chain in Africa.

Held in physical and virtual format, the Summit aims at providing the platform to boost quality, food safety and conformity in Africa and the region’s fast rising food and agriculture sector that will enhance trade in local, regional and global markets.

The 2022 edition of the Summit will be held together with the AFMASS Youth Summit – a pan-African mentorship, networking and capacity building platform for university students and young professionals and budding start-up entrepreneurs in Africa’s food and agriculture sector.

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