Trade in food and agricultural products offers a way for farmers, processors and traders in developing countries to increase their incomes and boost economic development. But despite the potential, they face many challenges. Limited capacity to meet food safety, animal and plant health requirements is often one of the major obstacles.
International and regional organizations and donors are supporting developing country governments and the private sector to tackle sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity gaps. The STDF provides a platform for organizations to come together to discuss SPS capacity building needs, share experiences and good practice, leverage additional funding, and work on coordinated and coherent solutions.
Sustainable economic growth, poverty reduction, food security and environmental protection in developing countries. STDF supports Sustainable Development Goals 1,2,5,8,10,14,15 and 17.
Increased capacity of developing countries to implement international SPS standards, guidelines and recommendations and hence ability to gain and maintain market access.
The STDF is committed to the Paris Principles on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action.