BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
TWENTY-plus street food vendors underwent a three-day food hygiene and safety workshop in Honiara.
The workshop was initiated by United Nations Women purposely to support women in the Solomon Islands in the arena of advancing women’s economic empowerment.
Women’s participation in economic empowerment activities allows them (women) to effect positive changes in their own lives and communities, contributing to positive effects for the whole nation.
Speaking to this paper Ms Ella Riswold, Principal Inspector of the Honiara City Council (HCC) who facilitated the training, said the training was based on food hygiene and safety and it was a prerequisite for all who venture into the food business in this country.
“Hence it is important for all food vendors to have basic understanding of food handling and preparations with regards to hygiene and safety and as well as knowing the councils by-laws that govern the foods.
“Good food hygiene is an important practice that we need to observe to ensure our food is safe for consumption, without this healthy practice, harmful germs that cause food poisoning can spread very easily during food preparation process, it is therefore our full responsibility to keep the food that we and our loved ones eat very clean and safe during and after preparation on a daily basis,” she said.
She said it also essential for vendors to have this knowledge because they also contribute to the economy of this country in a small but important scale.
The market for change project is a six year, multi-country initiative that aims to ensure market places in rural and urban areas of Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.