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AFSI Partner Projects

AFSI seeks to grow capacity and coordination to address major sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) topic areas that affect human, plant, and animal health.

All AFSI projects are listed on this page, or see projects by topic: Animal Health, Food Safety, MRLs, Plant Health.

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Improving SPS Systems in Africa for Food Security and Trade

Africa faces considerable challenges related to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) systems, including lack of coordination and harmonization between countries and regions, weak regulatory systems, and limited capacities to invest in SPS systems and implement actions to improve food safety and plant and animal health. These challenges impact health and wellbeing, with Africans suffering from high…

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Food Safety in Africa (2021-2023)

Project on Strengthening Food Safety Systems in West Africa  This project aims to strengthen food safety systems by growing food safety capacity and harmonization of measures across countries and regions. The project will engage the Africa Union, the RECs, member states and agribusiness to improve understanding of and application of science-based sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS)…

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Animal Health Capacity Program: Africa (2021-2023)

 The African Union’s Animal Health Strategy for Africa (AHSA) and SPS Policy Framework provides mechanisms to build sustainable animal health systems aligned with international standards to facilitate safe trade in animal products. As the strategy continues to be implemented, the University of Missouri, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and UMAP-Ghana are lending support to African Union, the…

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Plant Health Phytosanitary Program: West Africa (2019-2022)

AFSI is providing technical assistance to the West Africa region to increase governmental capacity to meet international phytosanitary standards. The project provides technical training to the National Plant Protection Officers (or their delegates), supports international collaboration among member countries. AFSI works to enhance the ability for West Africa to work collectively as a region to harmonize standards and procedures to better facilitate trade. These efforts will help West African countries protect human, plant and animal health, and achieve their objectives under the African Continental Free Trade Area and contributions to the African Union’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Policy Framework for Africa.

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Plant Health Phytosanitary Program: East Africa (2019-2022)

AFSI works to stimulate and support the capacity of EAC countries to adopt and implement international phytosanitary standards and improve trade and food security in the region. The activities supported by AFSI enhance the ability for EAC countries to work collectively as a region to harmonize standards, including procedures to better facilitate trade and prevent unnecessary delays and rejections at regional border crossings.

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West Africa: Food Safety Program (2020-2024)

The AFSI program works with ECOWAS to strengthen and refine the Network of Food Safety Actors (“Network”), established in 2015, and provides support to their coordination efforts within the region, including annual Network meetings and outreach to improve communication between Member States on food safety concerns. AFSI assists with coordination within the network and with other existing regional bodies, such as the West Africa Pesticide Regional Committee (WAPRC). The network of regulators involved in food safety is complex…

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MRL Harmonization (2020-2024)

AFSI works across Africa to support harmonized MRLs among RECs and member states in line with international Codex standards.  The project builds capacity of national and regional regulators to build robust pesticide regulatory frameworks and capacities and to set pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs) in Africa that are science-based and backed by the WTO SPS…

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