A new book on sanitary and phytosanitary gaps from the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) highlights ways to support farmers, processors, traders and governments in developing countries to access global markets
Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) gaps in many developing countries block exports. For small-scale farmers, producers, traders and governments, meeting international food safety, animal and plant health standards clears the path to the global marketplace. That helps lead to ‘safe trade.’
A new book by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) shows how people’s livelihoods can be transformed when they get the skills they need to meet international standards and gain access to higher-value markets.
That was the case for Chandra Kala Rai, who heads up a women’s ginger cooperative in eastern Nepal and features in the book.
“Our women’s group produces a truckload of ginger. Ginger farming has supported us to save for the future of our children. Field schools helped us reduce losses and increase our incomes. Now with the washing plant, we are so happy,” said Chandra Kala Rai, a member of the Ginger Cooperative Female Group in Nepal