Özdemir: Strengthening the resilience of food systems in the global south

11.07.2022 - Article

Berlin, 08.07.2022 - The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is increasing its contribution to the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) - a global platform for compliance with animal health, plant protection and food security standards.

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Logo Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)© United Nations
Cem Özdemir, Germany's Minister of Agriculture, said:

We are currently experiencing how vulnerable food systems are worldwide: Climate crisis, Covid 19 pandemic and Ukraine war reveal dangerous dependencies, especially in countries of the global South.

In order to make food systems worldwide more crisis resilient, medium- and long-term help for self-help is needed.

This is precisely where the STDF comes in with targeted projects: with know-how and knowledge transfer. Its support helps developing countries become more resilient to outbreaks of pests and diseases. This also helps to safeguard harvests. Every ton of wheat produced and then not lost helps in the fight against hunger.

I am pleased that we are again supporting the STDF's commitment with 150,000 euros in 2022.

Background Information

The Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) is a global partnership platform established by the World Trade Organization, World Bank, World Organization for Animal Health, World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The STDF supports developing countries and provides assistance in implementing measures to protect human, animal and plant health from foodborne risks and plant-borne diseases (so-called SPS standards) - for example, through innovative pilot projects Knowledge transfer.

In this way, the STDF contributes to an improved food situation and easier participation in international trade.

Since 2006, with the exception of 2019, the BMEL has supported the STDF trust fund with 150,000 euros annually.

(Source: BMEL Press release)

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