Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) international science-based standards are adopted and aligned within all impacted entities worldwide and improve domestic consumer health, increase safe trade, and mitigate risks to plant and animal health.
The Africa Food Safety Initiative (AFSI) is a program to support African Regional Economic Communities and the African continent represented by the Africa Union to attain the capacity to meet international agricultural trade standards. AFSI focuses on science-based regulatory frameworks including those for harmonization and convergence of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, of maximum pesticide residue levels (MRLs), and other food safety measures. These activities benefit farmers and consumers, while sustaining the environment and economies.
AFSI is a consortium of organizations working together to advance these food safety initiatives. The consortium seeks to be a collaboration hub to facilitate sharing of expertise, information, and resources to facilitate synergies and coordination. The consortium members include implementing partners funded by the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) and others working in SPS capacity building in Africa.