The Center Science and Innovation for Development (SCiDEV) has started the implementation of the project “Improving food security through improved legal framework and dialogue”, funded through a sub-grant of the project “ideAL – Dialogue for inclusive evidence-based policy development in Albania“, with the financial support of the European Union. The project will be implemented in partnership with the Albanian Food Industry (AFI).
The scope of the project is to impact the improvement of food safety in Albania through the analysis, policy evaluation, improvement of the legal framework, advocacy, and awareness-raising of producers and consumers. This scope will be achieved through the evaluation of the current situation of food safety by analyzing the legal and normative framework, policies, and main decision-making actors that implement food safety, as well as by identifying challenges and shortcomings.
The cooperation between SCiDEV and AFI aims to research, advocate and lobby for food safety, to impact systemic and legal changes for more food safety for the Albanian consumer by proposing models based on evidence for strategic solutions for guaranteeing food safety in the framework of consumer protection, by establishing simple models and practices that enable the implementation of food safety standards by the food operators and the examination through monitoring, inspection, and self-reporting, as well as awareness-raising of the producers, consumers and other actors in Albania and the larger public for the importance of food safety. In order to achieve this scope, the project will cooperate with policymaking and legislative institutions, and those responsible for examining, monitoring, and guaranteeing food safety like the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Food Business Operators.
Project timeframe: 15 December 2020 – 15 September 2021.
ide-AL is implemented by Co-PLAN, the Institute for Habitat Development in cooperation with the European Policy Center (Brussels) and with the financial support of the IPA Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2018 – 2019 of the European Union. It aims to contribute to the improvement of the public policy dialogue in Albania, by strengthening the policy dialogue in the reform process and facilitating engagement and dialogue between central and local state institutions and non-state actors. ideAL envisages working closely with state and non-state actors in support of dialogue between the parties, creating a capacity development platform to support non-state actors in policy-related areas, and financially supporting through one substantial grant program, non-state actors engaged in policy research. It is funded by IPA Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2018 – 2019.