Training on Electronic Traceability for Agricultural Trade Facilitation and Smallholder Integration in Nepal

Date: 
26 May 2014 to 28 May 2014
Location: 
Kathmandu, Nepal

The Trade and Investment Division (TID) at ESCAP is working together with multiple partners on a project titled: Network for Knowledge Transfer on Sustainable Agriculture Technologies and Improved Market Linkages in South and South-East Asia (SATNET Asia).

The project is funded by the European Union and its general objective is to support innovation in the fields of trade facilitation and sustainable agriculture technologies in order to improve food security in these sub-regions. The Trade Facilitation component of the project aims at identifying trade facilitation measures and building capacities of government and private sector stakeholders to promote intra-regional learning of such measures in the Asia-Pacific region.

In this context, TID is organizing a series of capacity building events for seven South and South-East Asian countries on Electronic Traceability for agricultural products. Traceability, as explained by Codex Alimentarius, is the ability to follow the movement of a food item through specified stage(s) of production, processing and distribution. Exporters in developing countries are required to implement Electronic Traceability to be able to market their products in Europe and to other trading partners. However, there is still a need for building capacity on this front, as indicated by a survey conducted by TID recently. In addition, since agriculture in the target countries is mostly dependent on small producers, there is an opportunity for smallholders to integrate into agricultural supply chains through Electronic Traceability systems. This event is the third in a series of seven training events. The first and second events were organized in New Delhi and Dhaka in September 2013 and April 2014 respectively.