STANDARDS AND TRADE DEVELOPMENT FACILITY
The STDF is a global partnership that supports developing countries in building their capacity to implement international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards as a means to improve their working practices and increase access to agricultural markets.
The book - “Driving safe trade solutions worldwide” - highlights projects the STDF has implemented since 2004 to assist some of the poorest countries. These include projects aimed at helping women shrimp farmers in Bangladesh, ginger cooperatives in Nepal, cabbage producers in Senegal and flower sector workers in Uganda boost revenues and support their families. Other projects have helped farmers to use lower-risk pesticides on tropical crops across Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia and access new markets.
The 25 stories in the book show how STDF projects and project preparation grants work in practice in food safety, animal and plant health, and cross-cutting SPS areas, with significant results.
Across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, the STDF has helped to set up partnerships across the public and private sector, connecting government agencies to small businesses. It has championed the latest technical know-how and built up people’s skills across agricultural value chains, mobilizing over US$ 25 million to scale up projects and further the reach of innovative models.
The book showcases that when more people benefit from trade, it not only gives a boost to the economy, it drives up incomes in poor areas, promotes domestic food security, protects the environment, improves public health and empowers women.
The full STDF results book can be downloaded here.
Established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the WTO, the STDF is financed by voluntary contributions. The WTO provides the Secretariat and manages the STDF Fund.