On January 23th 2018, following authorization by the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, a one day NOODLES workshop has been hosted at the Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Buea, Cameroon. The workshop was organized with a strong involvement of Dr MVODO Stephanie, lecturer of agribusiness and agricultural economics in the same faculty. The workshop was chaired by the Dean of Faculty (Professor Ernest MOLUA). After presentation of the vision, mission, activities and projects of the NOODLES network, perspectives on food safety, food standards, food law and regulations in Cameroon were discussed with the participants. As usual, NOODLES published papers and journal, and reports have been freely distributed to students and staffs for a better immersion of activities carried out by the organization since 2008.
Students participating were mainly bachelor, master and PhD level. Up to 80 students and staffs registered and attended the workshop.
From NOODLES experience, students noticed the relationship between safety of agricultural products and their compliance with food legislation and regulation as a critical parameter to set the prize of a products and to facilitate access to formal markets.
The open discussion therefore allowed participants to better understand how research can help demonstrating the quality of foods and articulate into legal framework to regulate business operations.
A visit of the University farm was done to observe how students practice agricultural techniques and foremost, how safety and nutritional concerns should be integrated during farm work.
Under a specific request of the Dean of faculty, we visited a class of “entrepreneurship courses” to deliver a 15 minutes talk on business opportunities that NOODLES experience and findings have identified so far.
Jan 23th 2018