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FAO providing technical support for improving animal and plant health in Sudan

Photo from the signing ceremony; FAOR Mr. Babagana Ahmadu, the State Minister for Agriculture and Forests Al-Sadig Fadlalla Sabah Al Kheir and Her Excellency Amira Gournas, Sudan Ambassador in Rome and Permanent Representative to FAO, IFAD and WFP.

Khartoum - FAOR Sudan has signed a joint Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) agreement with the Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MOAF) and Ministry of Animal Resources (MOAR) for improving the implementation of sanitary and phytosanitary standards and norms for domestic animal and plant health in the country.                

The main objective of the TCP is strengthening the technical capacities of these two ministries in issues related to animal health. Improving the phytosanitary and food safety and quality control to be in harmony with relevant international standards and guidelines. Develop responsive Policies and Regulatory Frameworks Related to animal and plant health, and food safety and quality control. Total Budget of the TCP is 409,000 USD.

The TCP project will enable the MOAF and MOAR to evaluate the needs and formulate animal health, phytosanitary and food safety and quality control regulatory frameworks for the government of Sudan, in conjunction with several stakeholders and eventually enable the country to commence the process of becoming a contracting member of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and WTO-SPS. 

The capacity building component will help the MOAF and MOAR to ensure that the staff working under different departments will have built the requisite competencies/skills and that they receive refresher-trainings on the latest developments in their fields of expertise.

The overall impact of the project will be positive on the national economy and conservation of the national food security through improved system for import and export regulations. It will facilitated trade of animal and plant products.