Saturday, October 13, 2012

Why Low Income Countries Should Care About Food Safety

Mirriam Kutha recently published an interesting essay in Food Safety News, Why Low-Income Countries Should Care About Food Safety.  In it, Mirriam notes that while food safety is "one of the most ignored areas of policy in low-income countries, especially in Africa," food safety concerns are a threat not only to domestic consumers but inhibit involvement in international trade.

There are, of course, many barriers.  Developing and enforcing a food safety system is expensive and requires a significant commitment of resources.  And, food insecurity concerns may overshadow food safety issues.  Mirriam effectively argues, however, that the development of a food safety regime can actually "[b]oost food safety on a local level, [i]ncrease revenue through international food trade, and [b]olster food security."  It is a thoughtful essay based on additional work she has done in this area.

We are proud to claim Mirriam as one of our alumni in the LL.M Program in Agricultural & Food Law. Mirriam was just awarded her LL.M. degree. She also holds an LL.B. with honors from the University of Malawi.  She holds a Certficate in Growing Solutions to End Hunger from the ONE Campaign and WFP USA.  Her professional experience includes being an Assistant Lecturer in Law at the University of Malawi and a Senior Resident Magistrate Judiciary Malawi.

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