Webinar [ID: 143]

Facilitating safe trade: lessons and experiences from STDF's work

The webinar introduced the work of the STDF that helps developing countries access international markets by tackling sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) gaps, and promoting food safety, animal and plant health.

About STDF

The STDF convenes a wide range of international and regional organisations, donors and SPS experts from developing countries to identify good practice on cross-cutting topics, leverage resources, and work on coordinated, coherent solutions to enhance SPS capacity building. The STDF also provides support and seed funding for the development and implementation of SPS projects that create regional synergies and connect stakeholders from the public and private sector.


Food and agricultural exports often trigger sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) compliance challenges. Adequate capacity to control SPS risks is crucial for many developing countries to gain and maintain access to foreign markets. Repeated rejections of shipments for non-compliance with SPS requirements result in stricter scrutiny by importing countries, increased transaction costs, damaged reputation and a loss of confidence in the exporting country’s competent authority. A strong SPS control system is also an essential asset to protect a country's consumers from unsafe food as well as its productive capacity and ecosystem from the entry, spread and establishment of invasive species.

STDF Secretariat

The STDF partnership was founded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the World Bank Group (WBG), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).


Facilitating safe trade: lessons and experiences from STDF's work

In cooperation with the Secretariat of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), organised a webinar about safe trade facilitation.



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