About the Project
The Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Policy Framework for Africa project is funded by USDA-FAS to support the African Union (AU) Commission’s Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (AUC-DARBE) to advance international Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) measures within AU Member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).
SPS measures are the foundation for domestic consumer health and safe trade, as they have the critical function of protecting countries from risks to public health and to animal and plant life and health. This project specifically helps AU Member States and RECs to align their SPS measures with the international SPS measures set by the International Standards-Setting Bodies (ISSB), Codex Alimentarius, International Organization for animal health (OIE) and International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) for food safety, animal health and plant health, respectively.
In addition, the project helps AU MS and RECs to harmonize their SPS systems throughout the African continent to support the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) and boost intra-African Trade and beyond the continent.