Public-Private Partnerships

The STDF has been carrying out work on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to facilitate safe trade since 2010. Several STDF projects connect public and private stakeholders and are based on a PPP approach. Other STDF work has connected diverse public and sector stakeholders to exchange experiences about SPS-related PPPs, and to identify and share lessons and good practices.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to Facilitate Safe Trade - Call for Case Stories

We are sharing an online questionnaire to identify and profile information on PPPs that strengthen support of SPS capacity (across food safety, animal health and/or plant health) to facilitate safe trade.

If you have examples of SPS-related PPPs to share, we would be most grateful for your responses. Please complete one survey for each PPP. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and responses are welcomed until the end of August 2020.

Click here to start. Thank you very much in advance for your response.

STDF/IICA/UNIDO Survey to competent authorities on voluntary third-party assurance programmes

We conducted an online survey to increase understanding about regulatory frameworks and practices related to voluntary third-party assurance (vTPA) programmes in food and feed safety. It is linked to ongoing work by the STDF in cooperation with IICA and UNIDO.

This survey is now closed, and a report will be shared shortly. If you would like to have more information, please write to the STDF Secretariat at

Briefing - Partnering with the private sector: delivering SPS outcomes 

Building SPS capacity of the private sector can have a significant role in meeting SPS requirements, commercializing agriculture, generating economic growth and creating employment. The new Briefing brings an overview of STDF projects that contributed to private sector development and triggered key PPPs.

Side-event on Public-Private Partnerships in a value chain context - 2013

The Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade was held in Geneva, Switzerland on 8-10 July 2013 and aimed to examine strategies to connect developing country firms to international value chains, how to move up the value chain and discuss the associated development benefits in the context of the debate about the post-2015 development agenda. For more information on the Global Review, please see the WTO website.

The STDF, in collaboration with Canada and the Netherlands, held a side-event on 9 July 2013 at the Fourth Global Review of Aid for Trade entitled "Public-Private Partnerships in a Value Chain Context".

The objective of this event was to present the work done by the North-South Institute (NSI) and the STDF on Trade and SPS related PPPs and to foster dialogue among public and private sector expert on key lessons learned and recommendations to enhance the future development and implementation of PPPs aiming to help developing countries in connecting to value chains.

In particular the following key questions were addressed:

  • What is the role and potential of PPPs in helping developing countries connect to value chains? What have been the experiences, challenges, innovations and results?
  • What role can and should different types of stakeholders (governments, private sector, development partners, etc.) play in facilitating PPPs in the context of connecting to value chains?
  • How can the longer-term sustainability of PPPs that seek the inclusion of smallholders in agricultural value chains be ensured

The side-event leaflet as well as the summary report of the meeting are available.

Click here to see more information on the side-event.

International workshop on Public-Private Partnerships - 2010

The STDF, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and the World Bank Institute, organized an international workshop on the role of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in support of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity in The Hague, The Netherlands in October 2010. The workshop leaflet can be accessed here.

The workshop was attended by representatives of public sector agencies in developed and developing countries, international and regional organizations, donors, the private sector (multinational companies, as well as other private sector associations and companies) and research/academic institutions. The workshop programme can be found here.

Briefing - Facilitating partnerships to enhance SPS capacity

The Briefing summarizes the key messages and conclusions emerging from the workshop held in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2010.

Publication on Public-Private Partnerships to enhance SPS capacity

This STDF publication analyses the emergence, operation and performance of selected SPS-related partnerships between government agencies responsible for food safety, animal and plant health and/or trade and the private sector. It was prepared to raise awareness about the potential value and role of PPPs in enhancing SPS capacity and to provide practical guidance to facilitate and promote PPPs for SPS capacity development.