In parallel with the increasing size of the world population, consumer demand for a wider variety of foods is growing, entailing a longer and more complex food-chain. However, food safety in developing countries, usually receives minimal policy attention and investment and only tends to capture national attention during foodborne disease outbreaks and other crises. As a result, these countries have weak food safety systems in terms of infrastructure, trained human resources, food safety culture and enforceable regulations.    

The economic costs of unsafe food are high—especially in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, which have the highest incidence of foodborne diseases. Aside from public health costs and the loss of productivity associated with food-borne diseases, disruptions to food markets and impediments to agri-food exports due to food safety problems also take a toll.

Join us at the FIA Lunch Series session where we will discuss how each sector plays a role in accelerating food safety across developing countries



Steven Jaffee
Lead Agricultural Economist
Agriculture Global Practice
The World Bank

Steven Jaffee is a Lead Agricultural Economist with the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice. His research, policy and investment project work over 27 years at the World Bank has spanned many themes including food security, food safety, agricultural risk management, agricultural policy, value chain development, and trade and standards compliance.

He has had extensive field experience in Africa and Southeast Asia. He led the team which recently produced The Safe Food Imperative: Accelerating Progress in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. In the past few years, he co-led major (Asian) regional research projects on rice and food security, agricultural pollution, agri-food system transformation, urban food systems, and agri-environmental measures in export industries.  He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a DPhil in agricultural economics from Oxford University.


Prof Jøergen Schlundt
Adjunct Professor 
Nanyang Technological University Food Technology Centre 

From 2015 Jørgen Schlundt is Professor in Food Science and Technology at the  Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, one of the fastest rising young Universities in the world.

Internationally, Jørgen Schlundt has participated in the development of food safety Risk Analysis principles and the initiation of studies to estimate the global burden of foodborne diseases, related to both chemical, microbiological and nutritional issues.

Jørgen Schlundt continues an active, international involvement in his work at NTU focusing on major new initiatives based on the generic principle that sound scientific decision support provides the best background for innovative improvements and sensible solutions. GMI is seen as a potential cornerstone for future decision support at global, national and local level.



Bruce Blakeman
Vice President, Corporate Affairs Asia Pacific


Bruce Blakeman is the Vice President for Corporate Affairs in the Asia-Pacific region for Cargill stationed in Singapore. His responsibilities include managing government relations, stakeholder management, M&A, internal & external communications, issues management, and corporate social responsibility activities in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Prior to joining Cargill in October 2005, Bruce served four years as a Presidential Appointee in the Bush Administration. He was first appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Commerce where he ran the domestic operations of the U.S. Commercial Service (2001-2003). He was then asked to serve as the Secretary of Commerce Donald Evan’s special envoy to China stationed in the Beijing Embassy where he served for two years (2003-2005).