STDF Policy Committee meets, boosting horticulture exports in Zambia, the P-IMA guide and more

SAFE AGRICULTURE TRADE IS CRUCIAL FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: Members of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Policy Committee met on 6 April 2023 to discuss and approve the STDF’s upcoming external evaluation; and reflect on its work to facilitate safe trade in food, animal and plant products based on the 2020-2024 Strategy. Read more about the meeting here.
ENHANCING ZAMBIA’S HORTICULTURAL EXPORTS: STDF and the Enhanced Integrated Framework collaborated on an initiative to improve Zambia’s phytosanitary capacity. The sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) project – implemented through Zambia’s Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Agriculture Plant Quarantine and Phytosanitary Service – has led to significant improvements in the export of horticultural products. Learn how producers like York Farms Ltd have benefited from the project and enhanced Zambia’s horticulture exports.

P-IMA – AN EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH TO INFORM AND IMPROVE SPS DECISION-MAKING: When resources are limited, SPS investments often take the back seat. STDF’s P-IMA framework uses an evidence-based approach to estimate the impacts of SPS investments on exports, agricultural productivity, gender equality, the environment and other policy goals, helping to make the business case. Drawing on experiences from Africa and beyond, STDF’s P-IMA Guide, “Prioritising SPS Investments for Market Access”, has been updated. Complementary YouTube training videos and a Facilitator’s Handbook are also available to help SPS authorities and others use evidence to leverage investments.

WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY: Are you planning an event for World Food Safety Day? The STDF’s founding partners, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization invite you to share information about your event to add to their events list. More details here.