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Thursday, 12 January 2012

2012–16 strategy to help developing countries meet standards

A new medium-term strategy for 2012-16 has been recently adopted by a five-agency programme to reinforce coordination in a number of key areas to help developing countries meet international standards on food safety and animal and plant health. As a recent articles report, the main goal is to assist developing countries tackle pests, animal and plant diseases and contaminants so that they can expand and diversify food and agricultural production and exports. This is expected to result in economic development, poverty reduction, better nutrition, food security and environmental protection. The EU as well as some EU member states are current donors.
'The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), joint initiative in capacity building and technical cooperation, will greatly contribute to this objective as it aims at raising awareness on the importance of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues to this by helping them build up their capacity to implement requirements known as “sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)” standards through increased awareness and knowledge of good practices and by funding projects that promote compliance with the standards, including grants to help prepare projects.
It was set up by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), and is run by the five partners together with donor countries and representatives of developing countries.
Funding to implement new strategy will remain at the current target of $5m per year, with a mid-term review due in 2013. Its current donors are Canada, Denmark, EU, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, US.

Source:WTO