Over 100 Street Food Vendors Benefit from UrbanSafe Project Training in Greater Accra

Over 100 street food vendors across 29 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in Greater Accra have recently benefitted from a training programme as part of the UrbanSafe Project.

The initiative, organised by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, aimed to enhance food safety skills among street vendors in Ghana.

The two-day training workshop, a culmination of the two-year UrbanSafe Project, commenced with a welcome address from Dr. Cynthia Gadegbeku, Co-PI of the project. She highlighted the importance of the initiative, stating, “The event aims to give feedback and provide two days of training to vendors with information gathered during the survey conducted as part of the UrbanSafe Project.”

Dr. Abigail Adaku, the Principal Investigator of the UrbanSafe Project, provided an overview of the project's objectives and outcomes. She detailed that the project is focused on addressing challenges faced by food vendors and training them on safety measures for street foods.

Dr. Abigail Adaku, the Principal Investigator of the UrbanSafe Project

Prof. Firibu K. Saalia, current occupant of the OR Tambo Research Chair in Food Science and Technology at the University of Ghana, and Professor at the Departments of Food Process Engineering and Nutrition and Food Science, delivered a brief presentation. He outlined the goals of the OR Tambo Africa Research Chair Initiative (ORTAChI) under which the research was conducted, and its commitment to improving food quality and safety.