STDF Publications

External Evaluation on the Use of STDF’s Evidence-Based Approach to Prioritize SPS Investments for Market Access (P-IMA)

December 2023

An external evaluation unpacking the results, experiences and learning from the use of STDF's P-IMA framework globally.

Value chain analysis on pepper, clove, and nutmeg in Sri Lanka

August 2023

This document provides a comprehensive value chain analysis on three spices produced in Sri Lanka, i.e., pepper, cloves, and nutmeg. It focusses on existing gaps in food safety and quality, and the environment required to access international markets to increase competitiveness in international trade.

Facilitators Handbook on Prioritizing SPS Investments for Market Access (P-IMA)

December 2022

This Handbook aims to provide detailed, step-by-step guidance on how to apply P-IMA to advise experts who facilitate the use of the framework, including in virtual environments. It will support facilitators in providing in-depth training on the P-IMA framework aimed at equipping public and private sector stakeholders in developing countries with the necessary skills to apply the framework to the prioritization of trade-related SPS capacity-building in their own country/region.

Gender Action Plan

July 2023

The Gender Action Plan outlines how the STDF global partnership promotes a more inclusive approach to improve the results and impact of STDF's work in facilitating safe trade.

Experiences and Lessons on the Use of Remote Practices in Food Safety

March 2023

In 2022, the STDF partnered with UNIDO to conduct a global survey to help improve the understanding of the use of remote audits in the food industry and in the delivery of official food controls. The survey was distributed to SPS and Codex focal points as well as food industry representatives. This report describes the experiences and lessons derived from this comprehensive survey of over 200 respondents.

Prioritizing SPS Investments for Market Access (P-IMA): An evidence-based approach to inform and improve SPS decision-making

February 2023

Learn about the STDF's evidence-based approach to prioritize SPS investments for market access and how to use P-IMA to inform SPS decision-making and leverage resources. This publication provides an overview of the steps to apply P-IMA, as well as experiences and lessons.

External Assessment of Gender Mainstreaming in STDF'S Work

November 2022

This assessment evaluates how (and to what effect) gender equality is addressed and how gender is mainstreamed throughout the work of the STDF, and to draws key findings, conclusions and practical recommendations for improving gender mainstreaming in the future.


Good regulatory practices to improve SPS measures: A practical guide

November 2021

Targeted at SPS regulators in developing countries, this Guide offers support to use GRPs to improve SPS measures and facilitate safe trade. It includes practical guidance on how to use GRPs to support the design, development and review of SPS measures (even when resources are limited), examples of how GRPs are being used in different countries, and links to available resources on GRPs published by STDF partners and others. 
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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.

Joint EIF and STDF Study
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.

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.