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Operational Work of Other Agencies


Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations (food safety and quality unit) (FAO)

Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP) - The official website of the International Plant Protection Convention (Standards to prevent the introduction of pests of plants and plant products through trade in these products)

International Portal on Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health (IPFSAPH) - IPFSAPH is a joint undertaking between a number of SPS-recognized standard-setting organizations and international agencies. It was developed by FAO in association with Codex Alimentarius, the IPPC Secretariat and OIE. The portal's provides a reliable single access point for authorized international and national information across the sectors of food safety, animal and plant health.

The Standards and Quality Management Programme (UNCTAD) addresses the quality related needs of exporters in developing countries and economies in transition and concentrates on institutional and capacity development in the export quality management field.

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Office International des Épizooties (OIE) - World Organization for Animal Health (Standards to prevent the introduction of infectious agents and diseases from trade in animals, animal genetic material and animal products)

Better Work Program (IFC/ILO) - IFC in partnership with International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the Better Work Program in August 2006 with the goal of improving labor standards and competitiveness in global supply chains. The program involves the development of both global tools and country-level projects. It offers sustainable solutions that build cooperation between government, employer and worker organizations, and international buyers.

Technical Assistance for Organic Trade Development - ITC - Developing countries face serious obstacles to export organic products including high quality demands of buyers, lack of information about standards, certification, markets trends and potential importing partners. The International Trade Center works with small companies and trade support institutions in overcoming these obstacles and improving access to international markets.


European Union 

EU support to ACP countries in the area of trade and standards cover mostly short term needs or needs in specific trade related areas (e.g. sanitary and phytosanitary requirements). Examples of EU support in this area include:

Trade.Com - with a budget of €50M, this initiative aims at  supporting ACP countries to identify their needs, strengthen local research capacity and implement pilot projects including the area of sanitary and phytosanitary requirements.

The "Hubs & Spokes" programme is a major general capacity strengthening measure which has put in place a network of some 55 regional and national trade advisors through out the ACP Governments and regional integration institutions.

Pesticides Initiative Programme - PIP - With a budget of €33.5 million in its first phase, this project assists ACP companies and professional organisations in the specific area of complying with EU rules on pesticides residues. The programme also helps to ensure that specific needs of ACP are taken into account in EU sanitary and phytosanitary regulations. A second phase of the project has recently been approved.

Fisheries programme (€42 million) provides specific support to improve sanitary conditions of fish exports. Launched in 2003 it has already intervened successfully to help ACP fish exporters coping with sanitary requirements. 

Strengthening Food Safety Systems through SPS Measures in ACP countries (€30million),launched in 2007, the purpose of the programme is that risk-based food and feed safety systems for exports products are established in ACP countries, in line with regional, international and EU SPS Standards.

The U.S.


Last updated on Dec 23, 2008

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