Cape Town Declaration

XVth World Congress of Food Science and Technology

Cape Town, South Africa

1. We, the delegates to the 13th General Assembly of the International Union
of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) held in Cape Town on August
26th 2010, recognise the valuable efforts already made by IUFoST to
promote and set objectives and standards for our profession, and we call on
IUFoST to further strengthen our efforts by means of the following principles
while continuing to monitor and report on the outcomes.

2. We recognise that access to nutritionally adequate and safe food is the right
of each individual. Accordingly we re-affirm the commitment made in our
Budapest Declaration (1995) in which we recognised the indispensable role
of food science and technology and undertook to apply it in seeking to
ensure the world-wide year-round availability of the quantity and variety of
safe and wholesome foods necessary to meet the nutritional and health
needs of the world’s growing population. Of particular importance are:

  • promotion of the safety and quality of all foods;
  • reduction of physical and nutritional losses in the food value chain;
  • adaptation and improvement of traditional foods and processes, while respecting the traditional, ethical, cultural and religious aspects involved;
  • beneficial application of science and technology;
  • development and dissemination of improved knowledge of food composition;
  • facilitation of domestic and international food trade;
  • development of food materials with improved functionality;
  • more efficient and environmentally sustainable food production, processing and packaging;
  • education in nutrition, food science and technology at all levels.

3. We recognise that there are many factors currently contributing to or
aggravating food and nutrition insecurity: poverty, poor health, natural
disasters, poor soil, water shortages, use of food crops for biofuel, political
and economic factors, wars, corrupt or inefficient governments, and the
global economic crisis. Moreover, in decades to come, with the expected
substantial increase in the world population (9.1 billion by 2050), mostly in
the poorest and least developed countries, coupled with the possible effects
of climate change, the demand for food, water and energy will greatly
increase. Thus, combating food insecurity must address both the present
and growing future problems. Many of the foregoing factors are beyond the
ability of food science and technology to control, or its expertise to
ameliorate. We accept that the problem of food insecurity has huge political
and economic dimensions and will not be solved by food science and
technology alone nor even by science alone; but it will certainly not be
solved without the contribution of science and of food science and

4. We reaffirm our commitment to seek to ensure food safety and in particular
protection from chemical or microbiological contamination, both by applying
existing food science and technology knowledge and by gaining improved
knowledge through research.

5. We reaffirm our continuing responsibility for promoting food science and
technology education and training at all levels and through all appropriate

  • for the present and future generation of food scientists and technologists;
  • for those involved in food production, whether urban or village, at all stages of the processes of sourcing, manufacture and distribution;
  • by engaging with the general public, to help them understand and welcome the benefits resulting from the application of food science and technology
  • for policy makers to assist them in taking science-based decisions.

6. We reaffirm the need for ongoing active collaboration and exchange of
information with other bodies, including governments, multilateral, bilateral
and non-governmental organisations, academic bodies, research
institutions, the private sector, communities and individuals, but particularly
those of the sciences contributing to or related to the multi-disciplinary
subject which is food science.

7. We recognise our continuing responsibility to promote and encourage
professionalism, transparency, professional competence and professional
integrity among all food scientists and technologists.

This Declaration was approved by the General Assembly Delegates to the XVth World Congress of Food Science and Technology, held in Cape Town, South Africa, 2010.

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IUFoST Aims and Objectives

The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) is the global scientific organization for food science and technology supporting programmes and projects to increase the safety and security of the worlds food supply.  IUFoST is a not for profit country member organization, each country represented by its national food science organisation.  IUFoST is one of 31 Unions worldwide elected to full membership in the International Council for Science (ICSU) and IUFoST represents food science and technology to other world bodies.

With over 65 members countries, four regional groupings EFFoST in Europe, WAAFoST in Africa, FIFSTA in Asia and ALACCTA in Latin America and representing more than 200,000 food scientists and technologists worldwide, IUFoST is the world voice of food science and technology.

IUFoST Vision is to Strengthen Global Food Science and Technology for Humanity

The IUFoST Mission is to promote international co-operation and information exchange, to provide education and training to food scientists and technologists around the world and to promote professionalism and profession organisation among food scientists and technologists.

IUFoST responds to worldwide needs by: 

Delivering educational programmes, student scholarships and opportunities for young scientists, as well as Distance Education, which currently being developed for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Providing scientific expertise through the provision of experts for short courses and workshops, and organizing conferences and symposia, in partnership with our Adhering Bodies, on important current issues such as food safety, security, traceability, and food defense.

Providing global leadership through our biennial World Food Congresses, guidelines for professional behaviour, and scientific information bulletins on currently important topics such as obesity, nanotechnology, biotechnology. These bulletins are used by government, industry and academia worldwide.

Stimulating exchange of knowledge in the international food science and technology community through the electronic magazine “The World of Food Science, the annual review of the state of global food science and technology, textbooks, world congress review papers and the Hunger Handbook applying food science and technology to improve nutrition and promote national development.

Representing scientific integrity as an authoritative global scientific voice representing the worlds food science and technology community. This includes endorsing and sponsoring programmes of scientific merit worldwide.

Maintaining the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST)  to recognize individuals with outstanding achievements and leadership in the field.  These distinguished elected Fellows develop and accomplish initiatives related to adequacy and safety of the worlds food supply in support of IUFoST.

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