Global Animal Nutrition Programme launches pilot in Nigeria

'Train the Trainer' pilot will bring together representatives from the Nigerian feed industry, who will share their training with colleagues

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) is pleased to announce the launch of the IFIF Global Animal Nutrition Programme “Train the Trainer” pilot in Nigeria. Supported by the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS), the program is based on the IFIF FAO Feed Manual of Good Practices for the Feed Industry, focused on increasing safety and feed quality at the production level. It brings together over 30 representatives from the Nigerian feed industries, who will act as multipliers by sharing the training with colleagues throughout Nigeria.

Developed by IFIF in 2015, the Train the Trainer program is designed to raise capacities for feed safety in developing regions by training key individuals who can then act as trainers on site within a country. This reflects IFIF’s mission to promote science-based solutions and information sharing for the feed industry, as well as stimulate the adoption of international standards and global equivalency.

Alexandra de Athayde, IFIF executive director, explains, “We are pleased that we were able to launch the pilot of the IFIF Global Animal Nutrition Programme in Nigeria, a key player in agriculture in Africa, with the support of NIAS and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. IFIF members represent over 80% of animal feed production worldwide and capacity development for feed safety is one of the key priorities for IFIF.”

De Athayde added, “IFIF now has the opportunity to evaluate the learnings from the pilot program in Nigeria, and based on that, take the program to other parts of the world to support, train and develop local feed industry to raise feed and food safety standards globally.”

Dr. Godwin Oyediji, registrar and chief executive of the NIAS, said, “Current laws in Nigeria are still weak and some are without enforcement powers. But Nigeria is making steady progress on feed legislation to achieve international benchmarks for animal feed safety and human food safety.” Dr. Oyediji added, “The industry is being mobilized to embrace the FAO/IFIF Code of Practice for Good Animal Feeding and other Codex standards on traceability, contaminants and HACCP.”