A Civil Society Organization:BSAFE Foundation
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BSAFE Foundation has been established in 2009 as a not-for-profit civil society organization to address issues concerning access to safe and nutritious food to overcome barriers and challenges associate to food safety and nutrition and assist the government and policy makers in formulating appropriate policy environments. The Foundation is engaged in agriculture (Crops, Livestock and fisheries) and processed agro-based food sectors for improving the functioning of the value chain of safe and nutritious foods in Bangladesh. BSAFE Foundation terms the value chain as “Farm to Plate” which include farmers, entrepreneurs, agro-processors (for value addition in different forms), small traders, packaging, storage, transportation, wholesaling, retailing, hospitality industry (restaurants and street food vendors), and consumers.

There is no denying that many agro-based primary and processed food in Bangladesh are being heavily contaminated by harmful pesticides and other chemicals during production and/or post-harvest processing, storage and transportation phases. Produced food are also being adulterated by range of various harmful chemicals and offered to consumers in unhygienic conditions. There is growing concerns among both the government and citizens and become extremely sensitive to the issue. The Government has enacted laws and constituted regulatory body to regulate and monitor reduction of such practices. However, the adulteration and contamination are still remain across the value chain due to various factors. Likewise, indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizer and application of harmful pesticides are polluting the environment, damaging the soil bio-diversity, killing useful insects, polluting water resources and harming life bellow water, etc. Human health is being compromised and there are incidences of more diseases linked to harmful pesticides, other contaminants and adulterants. This has to stop immediately.

  • To be recognized as one of the champions in promoting safe and nutritious food locally and internationally.

  • Mission
  • Educate people to develop a safe food culture across the value chain “from Farm to Plate”.

  • Goals
  • Promote the availability of safe and nutritious agro-based foods for all.
  • Objectives and Strategies :
    1. To identify constraints and potential solutions of ensuring safe and nutritious agro-based food sustainability across the value chain “from farm to plate”.

    Strategies to achieve the objectives:
    1. To identify constraints and potential solutions of ensuring safe and nutritious food sustainability across the value chain “from farm to plate”.

    2. To engage with policy makers so that favourable policy and implementation environments are created.

    3. To educate and create mass awareness on practices needed for safe and nutritious food from production to post-harvest processing, handling, packaging, storage, transportation, whole-sale, retailing, and cooking, handling of cooked food and preservation at restaurants, street side vendors and home.

    4. To promote research and development on technology innovation and adaptation, and transfer of knowledge and skills to both public and private sectors to establish a sustained backward and forward linkages in agro production and processing sector.

    5. To establish a strong partnership among all stakeholders and processes supportive of food safety, nutrition and sustainable eco-friendly agricultural practice.