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Hub and USDA Partner to Support the Strengthening of Phytosanitary Inspection Operations in East Africa

Published on January 18, 2017


Next week, the Hub is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services to conduct a workshop for strengthening phytosanitary inspection operations across the East African region. USDA will provide an overview of U.S. quarantine inspection procedures and provide a simple pest risk assessment model, complete with international guidelines for inspection. The workshop will include field trips to laboratories, and visits to the Namanga border (between Tanzania and Kenya) and the Nairobi, Kenya airport and plant quarantine station. Phytosanitary experts and phytosanitary inspectors from across the East African Community and South Sudan will attend. The workshop will improve border inspection procedures for the facilitation of safe trade that prevents the entry and spread of exotic pests and diseases. 


Why are appropriate sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures important? View our photo story and our SPS fact sheet.