Food Traceability Education & Training GFTC PROJECT CONCEPT

Purpose

To design, develop, and deliver food traceability learning courses.

Expected Outcomes

A food traceability curriculum that starts with addressing general principles, systems, and common or best business practices; then extends the learning to include implementation assistance, and onto project management supporting tools and techniques.

We are anticipating delivery of multiple courses during the first year via Internet and webinar, as well as in-classroom settings at IFT or partner facilities depending on the nature of the content and needs of clients.

Scope

The course content will initially meet the needs of a broad range of food system stakeholders – specifically from farming through the entire food system to the point of sale to consumers. The first course(s) may be ‘higher level’ in terms of general principles and practices.

The content will fit within a common framework, with targeted content for the audience (for example case histories that align with the participants’ businesses).

We also want the courses to evolve and become more comprehensive in future years. This project will be open to members and non-members of IFT. Depending on the development of the offering, it may include in-class as well as online versions.

Approach

Incorporating the successful features of previous IFT learning events, we plan to begin with developing courseware on the general principles and requirements of food traceability. This should include practical tools and case histories. Subsequent courses will build upon this foundation.

The design and development of the education program should be a collaborative process between food traceability experts and adult learning professionals.

Future goals of the program may include the development of a certification or certificate program depending on the demand and success of the offerings.
In the future, we may include the development of a certification or certificate program depending on the demand and success of the offerings.

Required Resources

The project will require experienced adult learning and readily available access to food traceability content subject matter experts (SME).

The course content should encompass all uses for traceability, from the farm through to the point of sale to consumers. Therefore, we plan to request assistance from SME in fields such as farming, food processing, distribution, transportation, and food service/retailing. These SME’s may need to develop content depending on quality and relevance of existing IFT content. The course planning and design will be prepared by IFT staff.

Timing

We have an aggressive horizon and will seek delivery of the first course within 90 days of launch of this project.