STDF Publications

Beyond results: Learning the lessons from STDF projects

July 2018

This report provides an independent assessment of the STDF projects' performance to date, based on a detailed review and analysis of the project evaluation reports. Key lessons have been highlighted across project design, implementation and management and a number of recommendations have been drawn up to improve future performance and quality of STDF projects.

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Driving safe trade solutions worldwide

February 2018

Find out how STDF projects transformed the livelihoods of thousands of small-scale farmers, processors, traders and governments by helping them to meet international food safety, animal and plant health standards. Read about how by connecting to the global marketplace, women farmers, from Chompa Debnath in Bangladesh to Chandra Kala Rai in Nepal, saw their incomes rise. Thanks to donor support, the projects championed public-private partnerships, empowered people with fresh skills and delivered cross-cutting solutions across agricultural value chains.

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Joint EIF/STDF: Analysis of consideration given to SPS issues in DTIS

October 2016

EIF and STDF have published a study that analyses the coverage of SPS issues within Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies (DTIS) reports. The study analyses the coverage of SPS needs in those reports, identifies good practice for future studies and provides recommendations to improve the analysis of SPS issues in the DTIS process. Overall the study aims to contribute towards enhancing national capacity to comply with SPS standards in LDCs.

User Guide on Prioritizing SPS Investments for Market Access (P-IMA)

March 2015

The STDF has developed a framework known as "Prioritizing SPS Investments for Market Access" (P-IMA) to help inform and improve decisions on where to invest in SPS capacity building. The new P-IMA user Guide uses a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) approach to help derive priorities.

STDF IAS Publication
International Trade and Invasive Alien Species

June 2013

This study reviews and analyses key concepts and principles relevant to Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and international trade in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the SPS Agreement, as well as in relation to the IPPC and the OIE. It also considers various initiatives to enhance capacities for managing the entry and spread of IAS (including plant pests and animal diseases), reviews common challenges and good practices, and makes a number of targeted recommendations.

Public-Private Partnerships to enhance SPS capacity: What can we learn from this collaborative approach?

April 2012

This 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 has been 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.

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National SPS Coordination Mechanisms: An African perspective

January 2012

This study presents and analyses the findings of a survey carried out to examine the existence and functioning of national SPS coordination mechanisms in Africa. Its objective is to extract lessons learned and provide suggestions and guidance to support the further establishment and operation of these mechanisms in the future.

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Use of Economic Analysis to Inform SPS-related Decision-Making

November 2011

This report reviews experiences with the use of economic analysis to guide priority-setting for SPS capacity building in developing countries, highlights the challenges faced in using such methods and provides general guidance to decision-makers on which economic analysis approaches are best suited to particular decision scenarios.

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Climate Change and Trade: The Link to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards

September 2011

This paper  builds on discussions from the seminar on this topic organized jointly by the World Bank and the STDF in 2009 and it seeks to raise awareness about issues related to SPS risks and standards in the context of agri-food trade and climate change.

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SPS-Related Capacity Evaluation Tools

May 2011 - Second Edition

The publication resulted from the global-level STDF workshop on this topic in 2008 and provides information about capacity evaluation tools developed by international organizations for food safety, animal and plant health, as well as cross-sectoral tools and related methodologies. The publication is a useful reference for all those interested in evaluating capacity needs in the SPS area.

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Regional SPS frameworks and strategies in Africa

July 2010

This study includes a preliminary analysis of regional SPS policy frameworks and strategies in Africa, in light of the WTO SPS Agreement and the standard-setting activities of the Codex Alimentarius, the OIE and the IPPC, and explores the possibility of further actions in this area.