Enabling livestock product exports from Ethiopia: Understanding the costs, sustainability and poverty reduction implications on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) compliance

Published on 6 January 2011

Research Areas




Start Date: 1 October 2006 | End Date: 31 July 2007


This project is aimed at understanding the demands associated with developing an internationally credible system for certifying Ethiopian livestock and meat exports.

The key areas and research questions that this project seeks to address are as follows:

  • What are the important sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, specifications and demands of targeted export markets at different junctures in the meat export supply chain?
  • How is current compliance with these SPS requirements or other international standards achieved and, if not, what gaps remain?
  • What specific risks and critical control points identified in the supply chain in Ethiopia need to be identified and improved to enhance livestock and livestock product exports?
  • What options are available at each stage of the supply chain to facilitate identification, screening, testing, quarantine, vaccination, inspection, monitoring and other priority requirements from specified export markets?
  • What are the costs of establishing an SPS certification system for livestock and meat exports?
  • Who picks up these costs and along what part of the supply chain?
  • How do these costs and the feasibility of establishing an SPS certification system differ by region?
  • Could such a program be further scaled up?
  • What are the modalities and policy options for funding an SPS certification system?

Funding: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Texas A&M University

Partner: Texas Agricultural Experiment Station


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