Based on the guidance of its Advisory Council and input from key stakeholders, the Global Food Traceability Center has embarked on the following projects:

Current Projects

Development and Testing of Interoperable Data Standards

Purpose: This project will to develop, test and convey interoperable traceability standards and best practices for integrating catch documentation with processing and retail business systems, across entire supply chains, based on a combination of existing global standards, as well as both established and new and emerging technologies. This will be done with the full participation of multiple leading fishing and aquaculture companies, as well as seafood retailers.
Funding Source: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Work to date: Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) , End-to-end Traceability Pilot

Completed Projects

OSMI 2.1 Seafood Traceability Collaboration

Purpose: This grant is a collaborative effort with Future of Fish, World Wildlife Fund, FishWise, and GFTC to build on efforts the Moore Foundation has previously funded around sustainability and traceability. Throughout the duration of the grant, GFTC will conduct education and training around traceability, create tools for industry to implement traceability into their businesses operations, and engage in industry outreach to encourage interoperable traceability practices. Learn more about this project and our collaboration through our project descriptions and our work with our partners.
Funding Source: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Work to date: Taking the First Steps Towards Full-Chain Seafood Traceability: A preliminary Guide for Industry, Collaborating Toward Interoperable Full-Chain Food Traceability supplement, Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), Demystifying Traceability online course

Global Seafood Catch Documentation and Traceability Public Private Partnership

Purpose: To develop a financially stable catch documentation and traceability (CDT) system to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud in South East Asia, and to enhance public-private partnerships (PPPs) to conserve biodiversity, promote sustainable fisheries management.
Funding Source: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Interoperable Traceability Architecture

Purpose:  To develop an overall blueprint for a global interoperable system and how it would function to enable participants in the system to understand their individual roles in enabling traceability across all sectors of the food industry. This project will include collaboration with the Consumer Goods Forum and other international organizations engaged in aligned programs, as well as the collaborators in OSMI 2.1.
Outcomes: Project to Develop and Interoperable Traceability Technology Architecture Issues Brief & GFTC Interoperable Traceability Technology Architecture
Funding Source: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Enhancing Seafood Value Chain Traceability

Purpose: To provide practical research and advice about the utility of traceability to reduce waste, enhance consumer trust, and increase business efficiencies.
GFTC Tools

Best Practices in Food Traceability - Guide for Regulators

Purpose: To assess current food traceability best practices in selected industry sectors and create a reference document, based on principles of Critical Tracking Events (CTEs) and Key Data Elements (KDEs). The intention is that the document serves as a guide for government regulatory authorities and others to foster the use of uniform data gathering and record keeping requirements.
Outcome: Complete Guidance Document on the Best Practices in Food Traceability

Global Food Traceability Regulations

Purpose: To assist in the discussion and development of harmonized food traceability requirements around the world.
Outcome: Report: Comparison of Global Food Traceability Regulations and Requirements

Capacity Building – Traceability

Purpose: To build the capacity of Public Sector Professionals and Private Sector Stakeholders in the development of traceability systems to support implementation of 10th EDF SPS measure and contribute to increased trade opportunities in the CARIFORUM countries. This capacity building will take the form of educational courses that will help to design and implement a traceability training program in several CARIFORUM countries. These trainings will take place in the following countries:

Barbados, Suriname, Belize, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Guyana
Funding Source: Inter-American Institute for Cooperation of Agriculture (IICA)

Food Traceability Education & Training

Purpose: To design, develop, and deliver food traceability learning courses
Outcome (ongoing): IFT Traceability Webcast Series. Includes topics such as; Best Practices in Food Traceability for the Processed Food Sector; Calculating the Payback from Seafood Traceability and Harmonizing Food Protocols.
Funding Source: GFTC

Food Traceability and How it Relates to an Overall Food Protection Plan

Purpose:  To investigate how traceability supports and fits into an overall food protection/safety program. This may include exploring the development of tools such as a ‘gap assessment tool’ to help the businesses and the food industry strengthen their existing food protection plans.
Funding Source: GFTC

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