Building phytosanitary capacity to facilitate trade
The agricultural sector is an important source of employment and rural development in Guinea. The sector is also recognized as a priority in Guinea's National Economic and Social Development Strategy. However, the presence of plant pests and diseases is resulting in production losses, decreasing the income of producers and affecting exports. In 2017 for example, the presence of fruit flies in mango consignments from Guinea led to an increase in the number of interceptions at the EU border.
In 2017, the IPPC's Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool was applied in Guinea and highlighted several gaps in the national phytosanitary system. This project will address some of these constraints by updating the country's phytosanitary legislation and strengthening its surveillance and inspection processes. It will also facilitate inter-institutional coordination and public-private cooperation, bringing together key stakeholders across various areas of government and the private sector.
The overall objective is to build Guinea's capacity to comply with international phytosanitary standards for market access, food security and poverty reduction. Attention will also be given to the mango and potato sectors as well as import requirements in EU markets. An improved phytosanitary system will also support Guinea's compliance with ECOWAS' Regional Action Plan for the Prevention, Surveillance and Control of Plant Pest and Diseases, hence promoting regional harmonization and trade.
This project was developed in 2018, through an STDF PPG, which was used to follow up on the PCE recommendations and facilitate consultations in the country.