Transdisciplinary co-creation to manage upcoming food safety challenges

Co-creation, sharing knowledge, and together in a transdisciplinary way will bring us further to the upcoming challenges in the food industry. For example, food chain efficiency and efficacy must be improved immediately. According to King et al. (2017), 9 billion people will be on the planet by the year 2050, needing 70% more food and requiring the food chain to become completely sustainable. Food issues will arise due to megatrends such as climate change, a rising ageing population, greater urbanization, and increased prosperity. These issues will impose new demands on food (King et al., 2017). In , governmental capacity is restricted, as well as effective consumer demand, which prevents them from quickly achieving the same food standards and results as high-income countries (Unnevehr, 2017).

Food safety and food security management

Food safety is connected to via health and livelihoods. Therefore, it is vital to improving food safety in order to tackle the issue of food (Unnevehr, 2017). Despite the fact that food security is of equal significance to importing and nations, a number of nations have inadequate food safety regulations and have not yet created effective monitoring or reporting methods to detect and track foodborne diseases (WHO, 2015). Enforcement of food safety regulations and robust monitoring networks are necessary at the national, regional, and levels (WHO, 2015).  According to the FAOin ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’ (2022), increasing infrastructure through the complete value chain is essential for improving food safety. For instance, proper and reliable curing and storage facilities are essential to reducing linked to cancer mycotoxins (e.g. aflatoxins) in wheat, , and related dry staple foods; capital-intensive cold chains that meet food  standards are required for the export of aquatic food.

Need for transdisciplinary co-creation in food

We cannot do this alone; digitalization in the food sector and emerging food quality practices in emerging countries are both complex issues. Co-creation, the collaborative effort of an ’s different stakeholders to improve the value creation process, is critical in generating common objectives (Kim et al., 2020). Most crucially, the larger the variety among ecosystem participants, the stronger the support for innovation within the value of the co-creation cycle (Eckhardt et al., 2021). The difficulties and possibilities posed by technological progress and digitization, as well as the need for collaboration and cross-sectoral, transdisciplinary, multinational methods to ensure food safety on a global scale (FAO, 2020). Therefore, innovative and effective partnerships for safe and sustainable food are necessary. 

Transdisciplinary partnerships to speed up change

Research is rapidly going toward more transdisciplinary undertakings in order to address the most difficult challenges facing the world today (Lam et al., 2021). According to Augustin et al. (2021) to achieve food security on a global scale, the food system must undergo significant reformation. Accelerating the of sustainable solutions requires the agriculture and food industry to be encouraged to innovate systems (Augustin et al., 2021). Therefore, multi-stakeholder transdisciplinary partnerships enable co-creation and speed up transformational change within food systems (Augustin et al., 2021).

QAssurance partnerships in action

Together with other organisations, like AGREA their knowledge of the Philippine food industry is necessary to understand the and the gaps between the food industry in the Netherlands and the Philippines. Together with nuTIQ we combine our knowledge of food safety and to come up with and co-create new market opportunities with the food industry. Profound helped us with their knowledge of emerging countries as well as sharing knowledge. With Profounds knowledge of food security and our knowledge of food safety, we can work symbiotically. Therefore, it is important to embrace your and acknowledge them. It was a pleasure to see them at , and we are looking forward to our future project together. Our partnerships transcend disciplines and strengthen the global food chain as a whole, step by step.

Food System Resilience within a Learning Organization

If you want to read more about a holistic approach to food management, read ‘Food System Resilience within a Learning Organization’. Written and co-created between QAsssurance Netherlands, Food Protection and Defense Institute USA and Spaceforce USA.

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