The Standards and Trade Development Facility is a global partnership that supports developing countries in building their capacity to implement international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations as a means to improve their human, animal, and plant health status and ability to gain or maintain access to markets.
- Shea nut collection and sesame production (Nigeria);
- Collection and distribution of flowers (Uganda)
“The use of biological agents improves the health and safety of women who work in the greenhouse by reducing exposure to pesticides and its health risks. Of the 8,500 direct workers in the flower sector, 80% are women who have an income for their families.”Esther NekambiProgramme officer, Uganda Flower Exporters Association
STDF provides support to developing countries through project preparation grants (PPGs) to prepare technically sound and sustainable projects.
- Funds up to normally US$50,000 are available for PPGs, which can involve the application of SPS-related capacity evaluation tools, prepararation of feasibility studies and/or formulation of project proposals to address specific SPS capacity building needs linked to trade.
- The main criterion in awarding a PPG for the preparation of a project proposal is the likelihood that its implementation will result in a well-drafted proposal with the potential to achieve sustainable and effective results.
- Resulting projects may receive funding from the STDF, or from other funding sources.
- Applicants are encouraged to consult other potential donors when developing and implementing PPG applications.
- Next deadline for funding applications: applications received before 04 August 2017 will be considered at the STDF Working Group meeting in October 2017.
- Improving market access for small-scale fisheries in West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal
- African Pesticide Residue Data Generation Project, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
- Enhancing the control of transboundary animal diseases in Cameroon, Cameroon
- Strengthening Phytosanitary Controls in the Floriculture Sector in Uganda, Uganda
- Regional Total Diet Study for Sub-Saharan Africa, Benin, Cameroon, Mali, Nigeria
- Support to the cabbage sector in the Niayes Region of Senegal, Senegal
- Strengthening the SPS system in Comoros, Comores
- E-learning curriculum and web-based information system for food standards, Ghana
This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.