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Capacity building programme in support of the Palestinian National Authority – Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures (Part I)

Capacity building programme in support of the Palestinian National Authority – Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures (Part I)

Full title of the project:

Capacity building programme in support of the Palestinian National Authority – Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures (Part I)

Target areas:

West Bank and Gaza Strip

Contribution:
USD 1 367 658
01/04/2014-31/12/2018
Project code:
OSRO/GAZ/402/NET
Objective:

To contribute to an improved enabling environment for food safety, consumer awareness and trust, and national and international trade opportunities.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Economy and Palestine Standards Institution.

Beneficiaries reached:

Staff from Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Economy and Palestine Standards Institution.

Activities implemented:
  • Implemented a phytosanitary capacity evaluation tool to identify strengths and weaknesses in the national plant health system.
  • Designed and disseminated a national phytosanitary action plan.
  • Formulated and implemented a pest diagnostic strategy.
  • Provided legal expertise to develop legislative tools to draft new phytosanitary legislation in compliance with the International Plant Protection Convention.
  • Improved the structure of the national plant protection organization.
  • Established a plant health laboratory in Jenin, West Bank, provided technical trainings on bacteriology, entomology and mycology to its staff, and procured testing materials and tools to equip it.
  • Provided legal technical support to assess the food safety legal framework.
  • Supported the development and dissemination of the National Strategy for Food Safety 2017-2022.
  • Trained staff in food safety, analysis of pesticide residues in food and in new technical food regulations.
  • Supported the formulation and development of the National Codex Committee.
  • Contributed to the design of a post-graduate master’s programme on sanitary and phytosanitary measures in which 12 staff are currently enrolled.
Impact:
  • Enhanced plant protection and surveillance capacities of relevant ministries and increased their coordination.
  • Plant health law endorsed by the Cabinet.
  • National Strategy for Food Safety 2017-2022 endorsed by the Cabinet.
  • Increased speed of plant testing services benefitting the agriculture sector.
  • Enhanced participation with Codex Alimentarius Commission.
  • Strengthened food safety through a national control plan developed and endorsed by relevant ministries.
  • Improved food safety capacities to increase consumer confidence in the Palestinian food industry and facilitate domestic and international trade.