The Food Safety Knowledge Network (FSKN) was created to provide cost effective technical resources in order to promote food safety in developing countries and small companies. FSKN uses a competency based model including a framework, open educational resources (OERs), and assessments which support face-to-face and fully online training in India, Egypt, China, and other developing countries. The online, open resources are searchable by topic or through an open online course.
This model is innovative in the area of open educational resources. Food safety resources which previously were not accessible to the public are now openly available under a creative commons license. The model can be replicated at various levels depending on the needs of the audience and financial resources that are available. This project has an international scope especially focusing on developing countries. Potential impacts include an increase in food safety and new markets for small companies in emerging markets.