• April 2, 2003
  • Report

Economic growth and employment in many developing countries depends on the ability of agricultural producers to sell in foreign markets. Developing countries often require assistance in tapping markets, especially in understanding sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and standards.

In this paper, we provide an overview of the importance of SPS standards in international trade. We describe typical shortcomings or weaknesses in developing countries, SPS regimes, provide examples of SPS capacity-building assistance, and present guidelines for SPS projects.

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