Innovation Lab for Food Safety

Innovation Lab for Food Safety

Global Themes

The Food Safety Innovation Lab targets a select group of focus countries for core activities in order to maximize impact and limit overhead while maintaining a global focus.  In its start-up phase, the Food Safety Innovation Lab leads foundational research grants — referred to as QuickStarts — with pre-identified partners in the initial focus countries:

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Cambodia country outline with country title.
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These QuickStarts in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya and Senegal incorporate country-wide and site-specific assessments, including:

  • Mapping key stakeholders at all levels
  • Cataloging food safety programs, practitioners and policies
  • Initiating discussions of food safety research priorities


Future projects and activities will follow, funded by competitive Requests for Application, Associate Awards, Buy-Ins and other investments.

Areas of Inquiry

At every point along our timeline, our research will embrace three core components:

Improve Nutrition & Human Outcomes

  • Leveraging our food safety research innovations into transformative knowledge
  • Strengthening nutritional outlook & communities’ well-being

Reduce & Mitigate Risk for Enhanced Resilience

  • Identifying technologies, practices and discoveries that minimize food safety risks
  • Creating more resilient and safe food systems
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Advance Productivity Frontiers Through Economic Development

  • Scaling up technologies and practices we identify to improve food safety
  • Targeting biological and chemical hazards

Cross-Cutting Themes

All Food Safety Innovation Lab research activities also incorporate cross-cutting themes of:

Empowering women, youth and other marginalized populations

Developing human and institutional capacity

Enabling environments that support food safety