Launched for a period of 3 years, the Asifood project concluded between Agreenium, 3 of its members (Montpellier SupAgro, AgroSup Dijon, CIRAD), the University of Liège in Belgium, the Boden Kultur University in Austria, the University of Pisa in Italy with 6 universities* in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, is due to end in october 2018. The aim of the collaboration was to set up training for trainers around a key theme for partner countries, food safety and quality. A wide audience was targeted: students and teachers but also professionals, political decision-makers and association leaders.
Many exchanges took place between the project leaders, Laurent Roy, Montpellier Sup Agro and Yves Waché, AgroSup Dijon, the European partner universities and 25 research professors from the 6 universities in the 3 Asian countries. The trainee teachers attended seminars in Austria, Belgium, Italy and France, in Montpellier SupAgro. Missions have been carried out regularly in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
The first year was devoted to a study and diagnostic phase in order to properly assess the training needs per university concerned and in each country. The second year made it possible to build the training paths around three axes: courses, quality and laboratory analysis; during the third year, a test phase was carried out with the partners by inserting the modules created in the bachelor's and master's degree courses offered by the universities.
Thanks to the network developed during these years of collaboration, research projects have been launched and allow the project to be extended. "The fact that we have developed very specialized modules, explains Yves Waché, is an asset for research because small projects can be set up with a few partners. The success of the project will be measured by the ability of our partners to develop training and research projects over time, thanks to the knowledge acquired. The good working atmosphere during these three years shows that this can continue! ».
*Kasetsart University (Thailand), AIT - Asian Institute of Technology (Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand), HUST - Hanoi University of Science and Technology (University of Science and Technology, Vietnam), Prince of Songkla University (Thailand), Institute of Technology of Cambodia (Institute of Technology, Cambodia), Royal University of Agriculture (Royal Agricultural University, Cambodia)
Photo: Asst. Prof. WarapaMahakarnchanakul (PhD) Departmentof Food Science and Technology Faculty of Agro-Industry Kasetsart University Bangkok,Thailand and Yves Waché, Research Professor, AgroSup Dijon