BTSF World- Food Safety & Plant Health in Africa & ENP Countries (2014-2016) - CHAFEA N°2011 96 12

world1_foodsafetyandplanthealhContract n° 2011 96 12

Organisation and implementation of training activities on “Improving and Strengthening the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Framework in Non-EU Countries "BTSF World" under the “Better Training For Safer Food” initiative (Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, Contract  N. 2011 96 12).


Agriconsulting Europe S.A. (AESA) and AETS were entrusted by CHAFEA with the organisation of a series of Regional Workshops (Task 1) and Sustained Training Missions (Task 2) in Africa and ENP countries from 2013 to 2016

As part of the Task 1, 6 Regional Workshops were organised in 2014 - 2016, with one training session in Nairobi (Kenya), one in Dakar (Senegal) one training session in Rabat (Morocco) one in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) one in Yaoundé (Cameroon), and one in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).


Under the Task 2, 30 Sustained Training Missions have been carried out with a total of 238 working days. The STMs were organised in series of missions on specific topics and in the same country in order to follow the progress, with 1, 2, 3 or 4 STMs with intervals of 2-3 months.



The specific objective was focused on the organization of training activities in selected African and ENP Countries in order to ameliorate and develop the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) framework “to allow a better production, processing and trade of safe food, healthy animals and plants”. The intended technical assistance was firstly aimed at strengthening official control capacities by empowering competent authorities in the beneficiary countries with improved methodologies and understanding of international food standards and recommendations, and EU food safety law and quality standards.


The overall programme contributed positively to an increase in availability of safer food and an increase in traded commodities. A better understanding of the SPS framework was identified leading to an improvement of the specific national legal framework in line with respective standards.


The train-the-trainers phase addressed to officers from both the public and private sector gave an overview of both international SPS standards and EU legislation. The training programmes addressed the difficulties faced by the developing countries targeted. Subjects addressed the findings of FVO missions and addressed RASFF and EUROPHYT notifications. Topics covered different areas within the food chain to improve production and trade of safer food, animal health and plant health.


These were complemented by STMs to address specific problematic areas which were identified through DG SANTE’s reports and/or during discussions held with the CAs during missions. The STM missions addressed these constraints and mitigated the difficulties and shortcoming in the specific developing countries.


Support provided by the project

The project reached globally:

-          TASK 1- Regional workshops: 264 participants from 48 invited countries:  20 EAC, COMESA and SADC, 16 UEMOA and ECOWAS, 6 ECCAS, and 6 North of Africa and ENP Countries.

The project supported travel in economy class by train, car, flight and airport transfers. It supported catering expenses (breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks) and accommodation in single occupancy.

A training kit including folder with support presentations, notebook, pen, and a memory stick was delivered at the beginning of the session and a certificate and a group photo were offered at the end of the meeting to each participant.

-          TASK 2- Sustained Training Missions (STM): 30 STM were organised in 17 countries in Africa and ENP area. 20 experts representing 14 nationalities were mobilised by the contractor to support both the competent authorities as well as private stakeholders (such as farmers, producers, etc.) in the beneficiary countries.

In these missions, the beneficiary country was requested to offer all necessary assistance on-the-spot and any other technical support to the experts to enable them to carry out the activities efficiently and effectively.


Consortium Partners

Consortium Partners :

  • Leader: Agriconsulting Europe S.A.
  • Partners: AETS

Technical Partners :

  • Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHYS)
  • Dakar, Senegal: Ministry of Agriculture Sénégal
  • Rabat, Morocco : Office National de Sécurité Sanitaire des produits Alimentaires (ONSSA)
  • Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Ressources Hydrauliques, de l’Assainissement et  de la Sécurité Alimentaire
  • Yaoundé, Cameroon :
    • Ministère de l’agriculture et du Développement Rural (MINADER)
    • Inter-African Phytosanitary Council (AU IAPSC)
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:
    • African Union Commission
    • The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia
    • Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Ethiopia
    • The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health


Contact Person:

  • Lorenzo Grazioli ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING )