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US, PH launch Food for Progress program


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new Food for Progress project focused on strengthening sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regulatory systems in the Philippines.

US Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney (center) with Philippine Undersecretary of Agriculture Rodolfo Vicerra (left) and Undersecretary of Health Rolando Enrique Domingo (right).

On September 27, visiting US Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney met with Philippine Under Secretary of Agriculture Rodolfo Vicerra and Under Secretary of Health Rolando Enrique Domingo to discuss the four-year project, which will be funded with the proceeds of donated US agricultural commodities sold in the Philippine market. The most recent Food for Progress project in the Philippines used US soybean meal as the donated commodity.

“This project aims to strengthen Philippine food security by delivering their consumers and agribusiness access to safe, affordable, and nutritious foods and feedstuffs through an improved regulatory framework based on risk-based principles and streamlined processes that ultimately enhance livelihoods while increasing opportunities for US-Philippine trade,” Under Secretary McKinney noted.

Under Secretary Vicerra, meanwhile, said, “I am optimistic that the collaboration brought about by this project will strengthen the regulatory function capacity of the Philippines Food and Drug Administration. This will enable the agency to develop a risk-based regulatory system that will promote effective and efficient outcomes,” he added.

Food for Progress is a USDA program that partners with developing countries and emerging democracies committed to introducing and expanding free enterprise in the agricultural sector. USDA has selected Winrock International through a competitive award process to implement the project with an estimated $8.5 million operating budget. The project will pursue activities to strengthen Philippine regulatory agencies’ SPS systems through the adoption of risk-based and international standards to facilitate agricultural trade.

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Today’s Front Page January 23, 2020

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