MULTINATIONAL - Harmonization and Certification of African Standards for Dairy Horticulture Fisheries and Aquaculture Products

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Jan 2022
Signature Date 11 Feb 2022
Planned Completion Date 30 Nov 2025
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 2,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

This Project seeks to address and minimize the technical barriers to trade across-African countries’ borders through the harmonization and certification of African standards for dairy, horticulture, fisheries, and aquaculture products. Regional Member Countries (RMCs) have diverse national standards and certification requirements for agricultural goods such as dairy, horticulture, fisheries, and aquaculture products. However, these are not harmonized at the sub-regional, regional and continental levels and, therefore, constitute a technical barrier to trade. Even though over 80% of the commodities traded across Africa’s borders are agricultural goods, lack of harmonized standards and streamlined certification requirements is an intractable challenge. This challenge is compounded by uncoordinated border processes and procedures, limited digitalization and rudimentary trade facilitation procedures, which tend to raise the costs of doing business while exacerbating Africa’s lack of competitiveness in cross-border and international trade. Due to lack of harmonized standards and adequate certification, the volumes and values traded among RMCs are low and characterized by stagnation in the basic stages of the dairy, horticulture, fisheries, and aquaculture products value chains. The Project has an implementation timeline of 48 months, at a total cost of UA 2.57 million and targets all the RMCs. It will be financed by an ADF-15 Grant of UA 2.00 million from the Regional Public Goods (RPG) window of the Regional Operations Envelop; and UA 500,000in kind and UA 70,000 in cash contributions, respectively, from ARSO, the executing agency.

Project Objectives

Les objectifs spécifiques sont : i) harmoniser les normes et les évaluations de la conformité concernant les produits laitiers; et ii) renforcer les capacités, ce qui englobera la formation et la certification d’entreprises et de micro, petites et moyennes entreprises africaines pour l’application des normes concernant les produits horticoles, halieutiques et aquacoles. Les trois composantes ci-dessous, qui se renforcent mutuellement et sont illustrées au Tableau 1, appuient la réalisation de ces objectifs.


La population cible du projet représenteenviron1,3 milliard de personnes vivant dans les 54 PMR africains.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
African Organisation for Standardisation


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-K00-117
Last Update 07 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name AJUMBO Gerald Cornells Ochieng

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
-1.28333 36.83333 Nairobi