IFIF Global Animal Nutrition Programme 'Train the Trainer'

In 2015 IFIF launched the Global Animal Nutrition Programme 'Train the Trainer' pilot project to develop and train the capacities of the relevant compound feed production stakeholders in Nigeria using the FAO/IFIF Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry based on the Codex Code of Practice on Good Animal Feeding.

Capacity Development for feed safety is one of the key priorities of IFIF under our strategic Pillar III: Education & Best Practices and links closely to FAO initiatives in this area.

The aim of the programme is to raise capacities for feed safety in developing regions by training key individuals who can then act as trainers on site within a country. This reflects IFIF’s mission to promote science-based solutions and information sharing for the feed industry, as well as stimulate the adoption of international standards and global equivalency.

The training event in Lagos supported by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) brought together over 30 representatives from the Nigerian feed industries, who will act as multipliers by sharing the training with colleagues throughout Nigeria.

Already in 2010, IFIF together with the FAO published the Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, in order to support the spreading of good manufacturing practice and higher feed safety standards around the globe.  The publication of the Feed Manual is intended to increase safety and feed quality at the production level both for industrial production and on farm mixing with a particular focus on the developing world.

The objectives of the Pilot Project in Nigeria were to:

  • Extend capacity building to those countries and industries that lack knowledge and feed safety tools;
  • Secure feed safety growth to governments and independent companies;
  • Introduce systems and structures that are required to comply with international feed safety practices;
  • Increase the quality and safety of feed for domestic consumption and international trade.

The Pilot project “Train the trainer” in Nigeria is focussing on Implementation of IFIF/FAO Manual on Good Practices for the Feed Industry including:

  • Health hazards associated with animal feed
  • Good Production Practices – Pre Requisite Programs
  • On farm production and use of feed and feed ingredients
  • Cross contamination
  • Sampling and analysis

As a next step, in 2016 IFIF will monitor the outcomes and evaluate the learnings from the pilot programme in Nigeria, and based on that roll out the training programme in other qualifying countries to support, train and develop the local feed industry to raise feed and food safety standards globally. Should you be interested in taking part in the Train the Trainer programme please email info@ifif.org.