The report focuses on how, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the STDF adapted quickly across all its workstreams and kept delivering strong results in 2020.
In 2020, the STDF worked to enable small-scale farmers to meet international health and safety standards for their products. This opens the door to new markets and means higher incomes, more jobs, and economic opportunities, particularly for women.
Results achieved in 2020 are a testament to the resilience and strength of STDF's global partnership and wider network. Further increasing collaboration across food safety, animal and plant health, at global, regional and local level, will be key in achieving STDF's vision of safe trade for the future.
"Trade is about people – about making their lives better", WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said in a video to mark the launch of the report. "As this new 2020 Annual Report makes clear, STDF continued to facilitate safe and inclusive trade during a year in which the global pandemic wreaked havoc with many people's lives and livelihoods", she added.
Watch the video here.