USAID Cooperation for Growth Project

60th anniversary of the Institute for Food Technology and Biochemistry

On Friday, November 29, USAID Cooperation for Growth Project, together with USAID Competitive Economy Project, took part in the special event marking the 60th anniversary of the Institute for Food Technology and Biochemistry from Belgrade University’s Faculty of Agriculture, a leading education and science institution in the area of food production, conservation, and food safety.

The event gathered more than 500 representatives of academia, former and current students, as well as large number of companies where former food technology students work today. In her opening speech at the event, Shanley Pinchotti, Director of the Office of Democratic Governance and Economic Growth, highlighted the important role this institution has in strengthening the link between education and the market by creating new certified courses for food industry.

As Serbia is the world's biggest raspberry producer, which is mostly exported frozen, the collaboration focuses on capacity building program for Serbian cold storages and developing risk assessment inland and border food safety inspections. USAID Cooperation for Growth Project is collaborating with the Head of Department for Food Microbiology in the area of food safety inspections. On the other hand, USAID Competitive Economy Project collaborates with the Faculty of Agriculture and the Institute for Food Technology and Biochemistry in areas of workforce development and agricultural production area.

The event consisted of the exhibition part, where the projects presented their work and already available solutions to SMEs, but it also provided a great opportunity to reward the best individuals and organizations from the field, while promoting the work of USAID projects to wider audience, as well as ideas of innovation and public-private collaboration. Both projects are complementing each other in strengthening Serbia’s economic potentials, while USAID Cooperation for Growth Project intends to continue the collaboration with renowned experts of the Faculty of Agriculture and the Institute in its agri-food activities, which link academia, public and private sector in agri-food industry.

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