Donor Agency: European Union

Executing Agency: Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)

Affiliated Agency: Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

Implementation Period: 36 months

Start Date: February 2020

Project Objective

To improve compliance by CARIFORUM States with international Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures, standards and procedures so as to increase international and regional market access.

Project Component

This Action identifies three components:

  1. Strengthening of the SPS regulatory environment;

  2. SPS Compliance through capacity building; and

  3. Strengthening the SPS capacity in the fisheries sector.

Strengthening of the SPS Regulatory Environment

The activities for this component include:

  1. Upgrading of national regulatory frameworks of selected countries using the model bills;

  2. Improving AHFS coordination by promoting the implementation of the mechanisms developed; and

  3. Developing a regional AHFS policy framework.

SPS Compliance through Capacity Building

The activities for this component include:

  1. Providing direct technical assistance to private sector companies in selected value chains in the areas of food safety standards, HACCP and traceability;

  2. Strengthening the technical capacity of public and private sector professionals in the areas of GAP Auditing and Antimicrobial Resistance; and

  3. Upgrading laboratories to conduct tests required for market access.

Strengthening the SPS Capacity in the Fisheries Sector

The activities for the fisheries component include:

  1. Developing a regional framework to coordinate SPS controls;

  2. Building capacity of private sector stakeholders in SPS requirements; and

  3. Upgrading testing laboratories.


The SPS Action will target stakeholders from both the public and private sectors in the fifteen CARIFORUM countries. The final beneficiaries from the public sector will include regulatory and inspection services, competent authorities, laboratories and agencies involved in AHFS coordination and other specialised groups. Private sector beneficiaries (including women and youth) will consist of stakeholders from a variety of value chains, primarily small and medium-sized operators.


  • Private sector entities such as farmers, farmers’ organisations, commodity organisations, exporters and exporters’ associations and food processors and other national and regional private sector agricultural organisations are primary beneficiaries.

  • Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Trade. These are the primary public sector beneficiaries and as such there will be strong collaboration with National Ministries of Agriculture, Health and Trade. Collaboration in this regard will be largely through IICA’s National Delegations and the Technical National Implementation Network Team (TNINT).

Main Benefits of the Action

    • Increased capacity for exports

    • Increased trade and economic development

    • Increased compliance with international obligations

    • Improved market access

    • Reduction in food safety related incidents.