Women in SPS capacity building

  • 20th June 2017
  • by secretary
3 pages
Women and men along the supply chain are responsible for meeting international SPS requirements. Yet, women working in agricultural value chains face more obstacles to plugging the knowledge gap on SPS issues and accessing domestic and export markets. 
Find out how STDF’s global partnership is working to build women’s capacity on SPS issues through its knowledge hub and grassroots projects.

The Standards and Trade Development Facility is a global partnership that supports developing countries in building their capacity to implement international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations as a means to improve their human, animal, and plant health status and ability to gain or maintain access to markets.

Relevant STDF projects benefiting women across agricultural value chains in Africa:
  • Shea nut collection and sesame production (Nigeria); 
  • Collection and distribution of flowers (Uganda)
    “The use of biological agents improves the health and safety of women who work in the greenhouse by reducing exposure to pesticides and its health risks. Of the 8,500 direct workers in the flower sector, 80% are women who have an income for their families.”Esther NekambiProgramme officer, Uganda Flower Exporters Association
Funding opportunity:

STDF provides support to developing countries through project preparation grants (PPGs) to prepare technically sound and sustainable projects.

  • Funds up to normally US$50,000 are available for PPGs, which can involve the application of SPS-related capacity evaluation tools, prepararation of feasibility studies and/or formulation of project proposals to address specific SPS capacity building needs linked to trade. 
  • The main criterion in awarding a PPG for the preparation of a project proposal is the likelihood that its implementation will result in a well-drafted proposal with the potential to achieve sustainable and effective results.
  • Resulting projects may receive funding from the STDF, or from other funding sources. 
  • Applicants are encouraged to consult other potential donors when developing and implementing PPG applications.
  • Next deadline for funding applications: applications received before 04 August 2017 will be considered at the STDF Working Group meeting in October 2017.
Examples of project grants: