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- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEWSLETTER | FAEA
Monthly Executive Director Newsletter Welcome to our Monthly Newsletter Section! Here, you will find detailed insights and updates directly from the Executive Director. Each month, we share progress, achievements, challenges faced and our future plans. These reports are a testament to our commitment to transparency and our journey towards our goals. We invite you to explore these insights to understand better the impact of our work and the direction we are headed. 2024 2023 2022 2019-2021 January
- 24-Jan ED | FAEA
- WHERE WE WORK | FAEA
AFRICA Coming Soon! SOUTHEAST ASIA Coming Soon! SOUTH ASIA Coming Soon! EAST ASIA Coming Soon!
- WHAT WE DO | FAEA
INTRODUCTION COUNTRY PROGRAMS Objective: The fundamental objective of FAEA is to identify and understand what foreign Nations/officials are considering in terms of establishing, revising, and implementing food/feed safety and animal health/production laws and regulations and then taking action to intervene BEFORE any potential trade restricting barriers are put into place. Strategy: The strategy is to first identify where food/feed safety and animal health laws and regulations are being developed or changed for the products represented by FAEA members. We then prioritize to focus on those countries where FAEA members share a common interest in maintaining or gaining access to some of the most important growth markets for the export of their products. Historically, we have worked primarily in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, and Vietnam) and sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana). Each year we evaluate progress in the markets where we are working and also consider any new opportunities or challenges that develop globally. Activities: FAEA implements its strategy by conducting four categories of activities known as MICA, that is, Management and Administration; Information Gathering, Analysis, and Intelligence Sharing; Capacity Building Activities; and Advocacy for Codex and Science-Based Standards as described in greater detail below: A. Management and Administration: The day-to-day management and administration of the FAEA project is carried out by three FAEA staff with overall leadership, guidance, direction, and support provided by the eight FAEA Board members and two U.S. Grains Council staff. a. FAEA Board Members: Responsible for providing overall leadership and guidance in setting FAEA priorities, determining strategic direction, and evaluating program and staff performance b. Executive Director (ED) – Responsible for the overall management, administration, and implementation of the FAEA strategy and activities c. Program Coordinator (PC) – Responsible for assisting with all administrative and program activities d. Codex Coordinator (CC) – Responsible for assisting with implementing all aspects of the Codex strategy and activities e. USGC staff – Responsible for supporting all the day-to-day administrative and program activities and serving as the liaison with the Foreign Agricultural Service. B. Information Gathering, Analysis and Intelligence Sharing: Accurate and timely information is critical to the successful performance of the FAEA project. FAEA uses its network of U.S. Government, FAEA member staff, and contractors to gather information on a monthly and “alert” basis, analyze it, and share that information with our members as well as our U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) partners. FAEA uses its resources to assist foreign Nations in establishing food/feed safety and animal health laws and regulations by implementing activities in collaboration with each Nation’s Executive, Legislative and Judiciary branches of government to ensure that laws, regulations and standards are science-based and do not act as Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). C. Capacity Building Activities: The bulk of FAEA resources is used in implementing technical capacity building activities. Most activities take place in the target markets and involve providing technical assistance and education to ministry regulatory, health and judicial decision-makers, technical staff, and legislative (law makers) representatives in the host countries. These activities typically are carried out in the form of workshops and seminars by U.S. technical or regulatory experts that FAEA hires on an activity-by-activity basis. We also hire in-country contractors to assist in implementing activities and to report to us on new developments or proposals that are being considered. D. Advocacy for Codex and Science-Based Standards: Advocacy and outreach for supporting U.S. positions is another “preventative” initiative that FAEA carries out on an on-going basis. We rely on our information network and contacts to identify Nations and officials that share the same policies or positions on Codex and standards set by other international bodies (e.g., OIE and IPPC). FAEA then sponsors like-minded officials to participate in Codex meetings that are of key importance to FAEA members. We also use our information and intelligence network to learn about and share standards related issues with FAEA members and our U.S. Government partners. The following general continuum is representative of FAEA work in selected markets: Stage 1 ( The assessment stage) is to determine the viability of working with a nation or region. Is the target market in the processes of or considering altering their food and feed safety laws? If so, can the FAEA influence such legal and regulatory development? Stage 2 is the development of the necessary relationships and confidence factors to engage those who are developing the laws and regulations. Stage 3 involves working with government regulators to ensure that proposed new regulations are transparent, open to amendment, and notified to the SPS and/or TBT Committees. Stages 2 and 3 take significant FAEA time in-country and may include a series of workshops to address a country’s rights and obligations as a WTO member, possible visits to the U.S., and sharing of expertise in plant and animal health. Stage 4 includes the establishment of laws and regulations critical to establishing a science-based food and feed infrastructure that is supportive of trade. Stage 5, Finally, FAEA completes the project and turns over the follow-up responsibilities to individual Members. AFRICA BANGLADESH MYANMAR/BURMA SOUTH & SOUTHEAST ASIA FAEA Program Objective, Strategy and Activities CODEX NIGERIA KENYA GHANA ETHIOPIA AfCTFA VIETNAM CHINA CAMBODIA PAKISTAN Figure 1: Continuum of FAEA Engagement and Progress Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5
- FAEA Food Agriculture Export Alliance | FAEA Alliance | USA
1/30 WHO WE ARE The Food and Agriculture Export Alliance (FAEA) was created in May 2004 to achieve greater cooperation and effectiveness in market access among meat, poultry, dairy, feed grains and soybean organizations and private sector agriculture input providers. Read More WHAT WE DO Since 2004, funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and FAEA member organizations is being used to advance international food and feed safety laws and regulations in accordance with science-based international standards in over 10 countries in Asia and Africa. Read More NEWS Updates on new developments and issues regarding food and feed safety and animal health in FAEA target markets is posted in our Monthly Country Reports and time sensitive Alerts. Read More
- COMING SOON | FAEA
- NEWS | FAEA
COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS KEY DEVELOPMENTS Kenya Food Safety Success Story We will update this page periodically based on information that we receive and summarize from our network of FAEA contacts and sources in each of our program countries as well as from our Codex contacts.
- CODEX | FAEA
Codex WHAT WE DO Codex (Stage 4) Background and FAEA Program: Worldwide, not all countries adopt or abide by Codex, OIE (World Organization for Animal Health), and IPPC (International Plant Protection Convention) standards. In some cases, the standards are set without full knowledge and understanding of the science that supports or does not support them. In other cases, a country may adopt strict standards in order to protect domestic producers from competition with imported products. In both cases, the consequences can negatively impact trade (imports) and limit or negate access to those markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, including meat, poultry, soybeans, feed grains, and dairy products. Of course, this also can impact the use of inputs (e.g., vaccines, antibiotics, pesticides, feed additives, etc.) commonly recognized as safe for use in the production of animals and plants in the U.S. In those cases where a country establishes and enforces standards that are not science-based and/or trade-restrictive, FAEA works to educate the relevant authorities to influence changes through participation in committee meetings, workshops, seminars, and other venues so that they comply with internationally recognized standards and standards-setting bodies. Our FAEA Codex Coordinator also gathers intelligence and reports on Codex issues of interest to FAEA through her network of contacts in the U.S. and internationally. We use this information to intervene with education and other activities. She also identifies foreign officials that support U.S. positions at relevant Codex committee meetings and makes arrangements for FAEA to sponsor their participation. There are six Codex committees/task force of greatest interest to FAEA: Codex Committee on Contaminants in Food (CCCF) Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues (CCPR) Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF) Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR) Results: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most if not all Codex committee meetings scheduled for 2020 were postponed. The FAEA Codex Coordinator is interacting with her contacts and submitting monthly reports that are posted on this website under “News”. Next Steps: Nigeria – FAEA will sponsor one official from the Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to participate in the 25th session of the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods (CCRVDF) that will take place from 07/12/2021 to 07/16/2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Africa and Asia - FAEA will sponsor up to four people from Africa and/or Asia to appropriate Codex committee meetings throughout 2021. We do not know at this time the specific committees or target markets. Updates: The FAO/WHO is accepting Codex Trust Fund Applications (Round 5) until December 15, 2020. All information can be found at FAO/WHO Codex Trust Fund Upcoming Codex Committee Meetings Following is a list of upcoming Codex Committee meetings that are of interest to the FAEA members. The relevant information including agenda can be accessed by following the link of the meeting.
- Gina Tumbarello
Gina Tumbarello Sr. Director of Global Strategies, Policy and Trade The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal food industry and its suppliers. AFIA’s members include over 650 domestic and international companies, such as livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and supply companies that provide other products or services to feed manufacturers. Several state, national and regional associations are also AFIA members. http://www.afia.org
- Laurie Hueneke
Laurie Hueneke Associate Vice President, Global Public Policy & Government Relations, Merck Animal Health Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals®, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them https://www.merck-animal-health.com/