The Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP) is one of the national programmes financed under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF-10). The Financing Agreement was signed by the Government of Kenya on 6th August 2013. The total EDF contribution is € 12.1 million to be shared by the 3 implementing agencies Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) and Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS).

SMAP is a three (3) year project implemented in two Programme Estimates of 18 months each. The 1st Programme Estimate has since been rolled out. SMAP focuses on the development of appropriate standards and technical regulations for plant and animal based products and for institutional capability in bio-security, risk profiling and surveillance in order to improve Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) compliance.

The overall aim is to minimize risks and hazards associated with contaminants including microorganisms in order to enhance the basket of quality export products from Kenya. The overall objective of SMAP is to enhance market access and competitiveness of Kenya’s animal and plant-based products through adoption of relevant international standards and improved food-safety regulation and enforcement in Kenya.

The project addresses three main areas of strategic importance for Kenya

i.  it addresses the development of standards and products quality regulations so that Kenya has an updated legislative framework for animal based products.

ii. it addresses institutional capacity to provide appropriate certifications regarding standards and conformity. The project will undertake capacity development of the Department of Veterinary Services through support to staff training, technical assistance, laboratory equipment and support to consultation processes.

iii. it will also address the needs of Kenyan businesses in meeting the standards set for products in regional and international trade through grants to Business Membership Organizations.

SMAP has three specific objectives  

1) To contribute to the domestication of international standards for animal and plantbased products;

2) To enhance the capacities of the key Kenyan institutions in the enforcement of standards for animal and plant-based products and in service delivery;

3) To broaden the demand for Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) testing and standardization of quality in animal and plant-based products.

It is expected that the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) knowledge of Business Management Organizations’ (BMOs) will be increased through training provided by the UNIDO. Moreover, consumer organisations will also be supported to stimulate the demand side of certification.

Outputs of the Project

Activities of the SMAP Project fall into the following output areas:

1. Enhanced set of food safety standards and regulations for animal based products

2. Stronger institutional capacity for relevant testing and certification of Kenya and animal based products;

3. Improved outreach and service delivery related to standards compliance.

Summary of Achievements so far

1. Establishment of Food safety Laboratory in Kabete Central Veterinary Laboratory.

2.  Establishment of a core Team of 15 officers at DVS  office  able to undertake quantitative risk assessment in food safety and animal health issues.

3. Developed CBPP Strategy

4. Developed Disease Surveillance strategy

5. Developed Standards Operating Procedures for border inspection posts and laboratories.

6. Developed Residue Monitoring Plans for Honey and Beef

7. Trained Laboratory Staff on development of laboratry business plan