Distance Assisted Training Programme

 One of the objectives of IUFoST is to provide opportunity for education and training to all professionals engaged in providing a safe, nutritious food supply to consumers. To that end, the IUFoST Distance Education Task Force developed a Distance-Assisted Training Programme (DATP). This programme is aimed at those involved in any way with the growing, production, processing, marketing, distribution, or preparation of food products who do not have formal training in food science and technology and desire to advance their career and enhance the quality of the food supply.  The Distance Assisted Training Programme was begun through the need expressed by Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) food industry for enhanced training of mid-level employees already in the food sector who do not have the necessary formal education in the field or access to it.

A Core Curricula Outline

Core curricula for food science and technology to aid in basic programme planning has been compiled by an expert IUFoST working group, who by synthesizing efforts by many IUFoST Adhering Bodies, developed an outline of the core curricula studies needed for future food professionals in the global arena. 

Recognition programme of achievement of  international standard for Under-Graduate Food Science and Technology Education

Approval Programmes in Undergraduate Food Science and Technology post-secondary education have begun at the request of IUFoST regional groups and national scientific bodies to provide an official benchmark of excellence in food science and technology programming.

The Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative  (GFSCI)

Ensuring food safety around the world has been identified as a key public health priority, essential to health protection and economic development. At the first annual Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) Conference in December 2012, it was announced that the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) had been commissioned to lead an initiative by academia and other partners to identify gaps in food safety curricula, build capacity, and establish,  harmonize core competencies and develop syllabi at the university and graduate levels. This is the Global Food Safety Curricula Initiative (GFSCI), an ambitious project which will add the power of education to ensuring food safety on a global level.

Supported by the GFSP, facilitated by the World Bank, and led by IUFoST, the GFSCI process is already underway. IUFoST’s multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach brings together scientists and industry experts from many fields from around the world to assess the core competencies needed at each level with partners across academia, industry and government. They will determine what constitutes an international standard for core food safety curricula, implement a recognition program for existing programs which meet those standards, and identify any remaining gaps in food safety programming.