The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Norad, is undertaking NOK 25 million to the Standards and Trade Development Facility, STDF, for two years. Agency's purpose is to support developing and least-developed countries, LDCs, to follow global food safety and animals and plants health criteria.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General, embraced Norway's act of generosity. She said that this commitment will help these countries to take Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures such as applying science in supporting the health of plants, animals and human. It develops the safety and solidity of food supply among developing countries, allowing many farmers to offer their commodities in new markets to better their sustenance, she added.
Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norad’s Director-General, equally declared that food safety and implementing food system are of the greatest importance to Norwegians. He said we are honored to protect STDF and guarantee that LDCs will be capable to get involved in safe food business. We must keep on developing global safe trade, he added. He also said Norad aims to make sure that it expends its development aid finance in the best manner.
In several agreements, Norway has granted CHF 5.2 million to STDF since 2007, apart from this new contribution. Across the last 20 years, it has contribute CHF 41 million to WTO trust funds.