USAID Oceans Partners with the Global Food Traceability Center to Enhance Traceability
USAID Oceans has partnered with the Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC), a global resource and authoritative voice on food traceability, to increase the robustness of its electronic catch documentation and traceability (CDT) system. Through the partnership, USAID Oceans hopes to leverage GFTC’s experience in global food traceability standards to ensure the CDT system uses best practices and aligns with existing traceability efforts worldwide. GFTC will also help USAID Oceans to build support and buy-in for the CDT system, especially from seafood importers and retailers in markets like the U.S. and E.U.
Together, GFTC and USAID Oceans will work to design and demonstrate a common technology architecture for the CDT system that aligns with existing data and traceability standards. GFTC will also help strengthen the USAID Oceans CDT system and ensure it meets the needs of different stakeholders by developing a coalition of seafood industry importers and retailers to agree on a common approach and standards for traceability. Finally, in collaboration, USAID and GFTC will engage foundations and other potential funding sources to support the expansion and replication of the CDT system beyond the demonstration sites. USAID’s partnership with GFTC has the potential to leverage $500,000 in funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to support the development and expansion of the seafood traceability system.