Standards and Agro-Food Exports (SAFE): Identifying Challenges and Outcomes for Developing Countries
A Research and Capacity Building Programme
Standards are replacing tariffs as the main trade barriers facing developing country agro-food exports. They derive from public and private sources. Public standards are set at the international, regional and national levels – ultimately with reference to the Codex Alimentarius. Private standards are set by firms, industry organisations, and by NGOs. The START research programme focuses upon new standards that are emerging from both sources, and the challenges they present to developing country producers and exporters. Specifically, it examines:
The objectives of the programme are to:
- The setting and implementation of new health and safety-related standards for agro-food products, as well as new social, labour and environmental standards – with a focus on public and private standards in the EU;
- The levels of compliance with new standards by producers and exporters in developing countries, costs and benefits, and pre-conditions and consequences (including distributional ones) of compliance and non-compliance.
Overall description of the programme (pdf file, 49 KB)
- Identify the main challenges in the realm of agro-food standards facing developing country producers, and – via comparative work – the best practices for meeting them;
- Build a resource base in developing countries and in Europe for a better understanding of these challenges – with particular focus on research capacity building on standards at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania;
- Develop links between this resource base and the stakeholders of Danida’s Business Sector Programme Support (BSPS) and strengthen the capacity of these stakeholders to contribute to business sector development;
- Build links between researchers directly working on these issues in the countries of focus, and others working on them elsewhere in the EU, USA and South Asia.