Public-Private Partnerships

In many countries, government authorities and the private sector are working together to address SPS challenges and improve outcomes. PPPs have been the focus of STDF knowledge work since 2010, with ongoing work to identify and analyze new PPP examples. Many STDF projects promote public private collaboration, for instance, within value chains, on electronic certification and on the use of voluntary third-party assurance (vTPA) programmes. Find out more about STDF's PPP work below.

PPP Webinar

Monday, 12 December 2022 

14:00 - 15:00 (CET)

Join us as we discuss and share an example of collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania, Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) and GreenCert Ltd. to facilitate horticulture exports. Speaker: Mr. Eric Mwesigwa, CEO of GreenCert Ltd

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*Read the case story to learn more about the partnership

The vTPA Partnership Platform

The vTPA Partnership Platform, convened by UNIDO, mobilizes expertise and resources to support results under the STDF-funded regional vTPA projects in West Africa, East Africa and Central America. Public and private sector stakeholders with expertise on vTPA programmes participate. Click here to learn more.

STDF Public-Private Partnerships Practitioner Group

The STDF PPPs Practitioner Group aims to support and improve the planning, delivery and dissemination of STDF's work on PPPs. The STDF Secretariat convenes members of this Group to benefit from their expertise, exchange experiences and learning, and promote innovations and synergies to expand PPPs that facilitate safe trade.

More information about the PPP Practitioner Group is available here.

Spotlighting public-private partnerships to facilitate safe trade

To improve food safety, animal health and plant health in a country, government and business must work together on all fronts – from reforming policies to rolling out capacity-building projects to engaging actors along agri-food value chains – to ensure inclusive and sustainable results.

The STDF works to spotlight public-private partnerships (PPP) that strengthen sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacities to facilitate safe trade. These PPP case stories are examples of collaborative approaches in which the public and private sectors share responsibilities, resources and risks to achieve common objectives and mutual benefits. The partnerships can be related to STDF projects or go beyond.

Read the PPP case stories here.

These stories are responses to the STDF call for PPP case stories. The call is still open. If you have additional examples of SPS-related PPPs to share, please complete one survey for each PPP. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Click here to start.

STDF/IICA/UNIDO Survey to competent authorities on voluntary third-party assurance programmes

We conducted an online survey in cooperation with IICA and UNIDO to increase understanding of regulatory frameworks and practices related to voluntary third-party assurance (vTPA) programmes in food and feed safety. It links to the STDF regional pilots in West Africa and Central America.

Click the link and access the survey data story to get a glimpse on its key findings. Download the full report here.

Briefing - Partnering with the private sector: delivering SPS outcomes 

Read STDF's Briefing to find out about how STDF projects support PPPs and improve SPS outcomes. 

PPPs in a Value Chain Context at the margins of the 4th Global Review of AfT - 2013

The STDF, with Canada and the Netherlands, organized a dialogue on "Public-Private Partnerships in a Value Chain Context" on 9 July 2013 during the 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade, which focused on connecting developing country firms to international value chains.

The STDF event addressed key questions on the role, experiences and lessons of PPPs aimed at helping stakeholders in developing countries to connect to export-oriented agri-food value chains. Consult the presentations and read about the key points discussed.

Publication on Public-Private Partnerships to enhance SPS capacity

This STDF publication analyses the emergence, operation and performance of selected SPS-related partnerships between government agencies responsible for food safety, animal and plant health and/or trade and the private sector. It was prepared to raise awareness about the potential value and role of PPPs in enhancing SPS capacity and to provide practical guidance to facilitate and promote PPPs for SPS capacity development.

STDF workshop on PPPs to strengthen SPS capacity - 2010

The STDF, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and the World Bank Institute, organized an international workshop on the role of PPPs in support of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity in The Hague, The Netherlands in October 2010. The workshop leaflet can be accessed here.

The workshop was attended by representatives of public sector agencies in developed and developing countries, international and regional organizations, donors, the private sector (multinationals, SMEs industry and trade associations, etc.) and research/academic institutions.

Consult the presentations. Read the Briefing to learn more about the key messages of the workshop.