An agreement between FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and IMA for the development of food packaging in the poorer parts of the world has been signed in Rome.
On 7 October 2015, the IMA's Chairman Alberto Vacchi and Laurent Thomas, FAO Assistant Director-General (Technical Cooperation Department) signed an agreement for the execution of the project "Improving food packaging for small and medium agro-enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa".
The project will last for three years and IMA has allocated a total contribution of 450,000 euros, of which about 50,000 euros of ancillary charges. The project will target the sub-Saharan region of Africa, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Zambia.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva will also participate in this project. ITC is the centre for international trade, affiliated to the World Trade Organisation and to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which provides technical assistance in the area of trade.
This project was conceived as part of the SAVE FOOD initiative, which IMA has been supporting since 2013. Along with FAO, it involves the leading manufacturers of automatic packaging machines.