WTO: Germany expands funding, digital tools boost agri-food trade, updates from projects and more


GERMANY COMMITS MORE STDF FUNDING: The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has renewed its partnership with the STDF by committing EUR150,000 to help developing and least developed countries meet international trade standards in food safety, animal and plant health. The contribution was confirmed at a signing ceremony attended by Germany’s WTO Ambassador, H.E. Dr Bettina Waldmann, and the Director of the WTO’s Administration and General Services Division, Nthisana Phillips, on 25 May 2023 at the WTO. Read more about it here.


DIGITAL TOOLS TO FACILITATE SPS MARKET ACCESS: The use of e-certificates has had positive effects on trade volumes, notably for processed food, vegetable and animal products. But significant challenges remain in increasing the uptake of digital technologies in agri-food trade, particularly in developing countries. Read the latest brief from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on digital sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) tools.


UPDATES FROM CABO VERDE AND JAMAICA: SPS focal points from Cabo Verde underwent specialised training on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) tool for the Evaluation of Food Control Systems. This training, conducted as part of an STDF project focused on strengthening food control systems in Cabo Verde, will help institutions tackle food safety challenges. More information on this project is available here.

Jamaica launched a three-year STDF project to increase the competitiveness, safety, and sustainability of Jamaica’s hot pepper industry by ensuring a consistent supply of high quality, pest-free peppers. More specifically, the project will enhance compliance with food safety and plant health requirements along the hot pepper value chain to increase production and exports to markets such as the EU, UK, USA, Canada and other countries in the region. More information about this project, implemented by the FAO, is available here.

APPLY FOR STDF FUNDING: Have a project idea? The STDF funds projects up to USD 1 million and project preparation grants up to USD 50000 to support SPS capacity development. Developing countries facing SPS challenges are encouraged to submit proposals. Click here for more information on how to apply and to access the updated STDF application forms.

The deadline for submissions is  August 11, 2023.