Strengthening West African Community Phytosanitary Practices

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), Office of Capacity Building and Development (OCBD) seeks to strengthen and further the technical assistance to the West Africa region to increase governmental capacity to meet international phytosanitary standards. The project aims to provide teaching to the National Plant Protection Officers (or their delegates) in strong collaboration with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other regional stakeholders.

This project will enable the ability of ECOWAS countries to meet some of the objectives laid out in the action plan to improve regional phytosanitary systems by supporting international collaboration between countries as well as between ECOWAS and member countries. This project enhances the ability for West Africa to work collectively as a region to harmonize standards, procedures to better facilitate trade by initiating technical working groups among other activities. The selected recipient will work with ECOWAS, NPPOs and USDA/FAS to build the capacity of ECOWAS member states to meet international phytosanitary standards and better harmonize and recognize phytosanitary systems within the region. These efforts will also help West 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.

These activities may be conducted in concert with other Land-Grant Universities, outside subject matter experts, research institutions, both public and private African institutions, including but not limited to universities, research and government institutions, and nongovernmental organizations. During the technical assistance interaction with ECOWAS countries, an in-depth understanding of the US system/approaches to the topics being discussed is necessary, to enable greater US-ECOWAS-East Africa interactions. In addition, the selected recipient should work with local USDA and USAID offices, and the to-be-selected recipient for the USDA Food for Progress SPS Program in West 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 $350,000 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