Businesswomen Lead Development of Safe, Nutritious Food Systems in Senegal
In partnership with USAID and Feed the Future, Food Enterprise Solutions implements the pioneering program called Business Drivers for Food Safety (BD4FS). Part research and development and part implementation, BD4FS's purpose is to research and develop effective strategies to accelerate adoption of food safety technologies and practices among food businesses. BD4FS offers food safety training, technical assistance and business-to-business networking services to businesses (processors, transporters, storage operators, retailers, etc.) working along supply chains for local markets.
In addition to group trainings, online events and technical advice to businesses directly, BD4FS also sponsors broad-based communication campaigns such as our digital platform mSafeFood, which transmits food safety information in four different local Senegalese languages, and which reaches a large segment of the non-literate workforce, most of whom are women. Program staff also expects to see wider benefits for women consumers, who are primarily responsible for purchasing food for households and, increasingly, shop at large markets.
The Platform of Women for Development and Solidarity (PFDS) is a national network of women entrepreneurs that includes women cooperatives and individual enterprises. Most of the members are young and involved in different sectors of activity, such as food processing or natural cosmetic products. To help them build their professional reputation, PFDS partnered with BD4FS to provide food safety trainings for its members.