Strengthening East African Community Phytosanitary Priorities

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

EAC Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) have many challenges in handling Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) matters at the national level, with differing ability to address the challenges from country to country. Insufficient infrastructure or resources required to provide information reliably and transparently hinder the countries from increasing trade, especially at a regional level. The East African Phytosanitary Information Committee (EAPIC), an ad hoc committee of plant pest regulatory officials from East African countries, has been addressing these challenges since 2006. USDA has supported EAPIC in its efforts to develop a Regional Harmonized Pest List and database to improve transparency and information sharing on local and invasive pest species impacting Agriculture.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD) seeks to stimulate and support the capacity of EAC countries to adopt and implement international phytosanitary standards and improve trade and food security in the region. The activities supported by OCBD enhance the ability for EAC countries to work collectively as a region to harmonize standards, including procedures to better facilitate trade and prevent unnecessary delays and rejections at regional border crossings. The selected recipient will work with EAC, NPPOs and USDA/FAS to build the capacity of EAC member states to meet international phytosanitary standards and better harmonize and recognize phytosanitary systems within the region. These efforts will also help East African countries achieve their objectives under the African Continental Free Trade Area and contributions to the African Union’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Policy Framework for Africa.


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Eligibility Requirements

State cooperative institutions or other colleges and universities in the United States.

Amount Description

The initial award will be approximately $150,000 subject to availability of funds. A total of approximately $500,000 may be available over the lifetime of the award, including extensions if authorized, subject to availability of funds.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 31, 2020