Gift of the magi






From Left to Right: Narendra Parthasarathy, Jay Khimani, Dnyaneshwar Sanap, Sunil Kulkarni,
David Goldwyn, Rajagopal Umakanthan & Aditya Rao


What is Oxfam Trailwalker?
Trailwalker is a fundraising event organized by
Oxfam – an international confederation of 17 organizations
registered in Den Haag – with a single
purpose – World without poverty. Through the
events like Trailwalker, Oxfam tries to bring people
around the world together and with collective
effort and awareness raise funds for this noble
cause. Result of all these efforts and hard work
• 1.4 million people benefiting from improvised
sanitation facilities.
• 400,000 people benefiting from support to improve
their crops.
• 3.9 million people reached by health promotion
• At the time of natural disasters and conflicts,
Oxfam is there to help by providing clean water,
food and sanitation

Who are we?
We are a group of friends, Workforce Managers,
Engineers, MBAs and
Finance professionals with one
common interest.

Trailwalker and Us
As a team we also share a common belief, which
is Equality. Everybody should and has the right
to basic needs of life, i.e. food, shelter,
sanitation and education. Our love for the hiking
introduced us to Oxfam. Through Oxfam we
have realized that its not so difficult to pursue
your passion and do things that make you happy
and at the same time make a difference to someone’s
life too. The thought of bringing in change
in lives of the deprived really inspired us to work
towards the larger cause . For our group its a big
challenge to walk for 100 kms in 30hrs.

Apart from the charity, this Trailwalker program
also gives expats like us an opportunity to meet
the locals and exchange views and knowing each
other. Hiking is a great way to interact and understand
the local community. Its relatively less connected
to digital world, and gives you more time
to think, discuss and understand different people,
their views, values, and culture.
On the 6th and 7th of June, the Trailwalker will
push us to our limits both physically and mentally.
None of us have ever attempted anything
like this before. The tough part is raising the
funds that we wish to generate to make some difference
to the lives of the impoverished.
If you like our challenge and wish to support us
through our journey, you can follow us at:

Team Random Talks: http://events.oxfamfrance.

Team Random Walks: http://events.oxfamfrance.


The codex Alimentarius is a UN
organisation, which develops
international standards for food
products with the aim of protecting
international food safety and
promoting fair trade practices in
the food trade. Unsafe food helps to cause an estimated
2 million deaths
annually. Contaminants are unwanted toxic
substances, which can be present in food and
feed, for example as a result of environmental
pollution. International standards help to improve
world food safety, step-by-step and substance-bysubstance.
The chairmanship of this committee is
the responsibility of The Netherlands and is
executed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of
The Netherlands. This year the meeting is
co-hosted with India. From the Indian side the
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is
involved in the organisation. The official opening
of the meeting took place on Monday 16 March
and was performed by Mr Yudhvir Singh Malik,
the CEO of the Food Safety and Standards
Authority of India (FSSAI). His Excellency
Alponsus Stoelinga, Ambassador of the Kingdom
of The Netherlands also addressed the meeting
together with the officials from FAO and WHO.

The Outcome of the conference:
There were 55 member countries present with a
total number of participants of more than 200. In
the Codex Committee on Contaminants a great
number of contaminants were discussed. For
example contaminants, which are, present in the
soil and accumulate in plants (like cadmium in
chocolate, or arsenic in rice), or contaminants,
which are produced by fungi, which grow on
plants (like mycotoxins on cereals or spices).
There were several Maximum Levels agreed by
this meeting of the Committee. Maximum Levels
for lead in canned fruits, fruit juices and canned
vegetables; Maximum Levels for a mycotoxin
(DON) in cereal based infant foods, flour, and
cereal grains for further processing; Maximum
Levels for inorganic arsenic in husked rice. Also
further progress is made on the Code of Practices,
which are meant to give guidance how contamination
of crops and foodstuffs can be prevented.
The outcome of the meeting on contaminants will
be send to the meeting of the Codex Alimentarius
Commission for final adoption. This meeting of
the Commission will take place in Geneva in the
month of July. After final adoption by the
Commission the Maximum Levels and Code of
Practices will be established worldwide.


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