Mars and World Food Programme Strengthen Food Safety Systems Through Partnership

06/01/2022

Bieniaszewska, Rebecca

Director - Communications, Engagement and Training

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- Reposted from Mars.com -
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Without food safety, there is no food security. Yet, ensuring safe food is harder and more complex than ever before. Due to changes in the external environment, including through climate change, changes in agricultural practices, food safety risks that have impacted the global food supply chain for many years are evolving and multiplying, with new challenges and hazards emerging at an unprecedented rate.

In 2021, close to 193 million people were acutely food insecure – meaning, without access to safe, sufficient food, and in need of urgent assistance across 53 countries or territories. That’s an increase of nearly 40 million people compared to the previous high reached in 20201. The number continues to grow.

Why we must collaborate to ensure safe food for all

As a global manufacturer, we believe Mars has a responsibility to act. We also know it is not possible to effectively address these global challenges on our own. That’s why we work hard with partners to drive awareness, exchange knowledge and insights, and foster collaboration across the global food supply chain. It’s also why we have renewed our partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP). We have seen the lasting difference that external partnerships can make to strengthen the global food supply chain. By working together, we believe we can help reduce food waste and save lives.

A call for collaboration

Since 2015, Mars and the World Food Programme - the world’s largest humanitarian organization – have joined together to ensure that vulnerable communities around the world have access to safe and nutritious food. Through the partnership, Mars and WFP have worked together to strengthen food safety systems, help reduce risk for people receiving food assistance, prevent food safety incidents, and provide food safety training to smallholder farmers – improving resilience across the supply chain.

Through an exchange of insights, guidance and expertise, millions of people have benefitted, from families affected by food shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies, to farmers, and vulnerable children who receive school meals.

Find out more about our partnership work, here: 

Maria Velissariou, Vice President of Corporate R&D and Chief Science Officer at Mars, said

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization providing food for those who need it most around the world and we are extremely proud to extend our partnership. Food safety challenges impact everyone from farmers to consumers and will continue to grow, through factors such as climate change, changes in agriculture and more. It is only by working together that we can address these challenges effectively to ensure safe food for all. There is always more to do, and partnerships are the key. For private sector organizations who are keen to support WFP’s work, there has never been a more important time to take action.” 

  1. Global Report on Food Crises 2022, Joint Analysis For Better Decisions, Food Security and Information Network, 2022. https://reliefweb.int/report/world/global-report-food-crises-2022
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