In Cambodia, there is limited human and technological capacity to identify, monitor, manage and communicate the economic and human health risks associated with suboptimal production practices, food safety standards and zoonotic diseases, presenting negative outcomes for both domestic consumers and the vital and growing tourism industry. Improving SPS standards and food safety are public goods that can strengthen whole value chains from input suppliers to primary producers, the waged labor force, sector specific service providers, processors, traders, wholesalers, retailers and end consumers, both Cambodians and tourists. Furthermore, the health and economic benefits associated with this assignment will have positive impacts on other demographics including the health of the urban poor and vulnerable and the national economy by strengthening tourist industries and unlocking export markets. A full assessment of current AFF SPS relevant public institutions, policy and human and hardware capabilities and current private sector stakeholder capacity will be conducted to establish the current SPS and trade in AFF status, identify and prioritize SMART targets and allow identification of gaps.
Asian Development Bank
The consultants will assist and provide support to the Project Director and the Project Manager in planning and implementing the Project with a view to achieving the objectives and outputs of the Project: (i) Strengthened surveillance and inspection programs (plant health, animal health, and food safety); (ii) Improved regional cooperation and harmonization; (iii) Enhanced education levels/university training of SPS specialists and (iv) Project management and support. On the basis of previous project management experience, the Consultant recognizes that achieving expectations will require the Consultant’s Team to use initiative and experience to implement the TOR. All consultants will ensure transfer of knowledge to Government counterparts. The plant health, animal health and food safety components will run in parallel as the Consultant’s overarching approach is mutually reinforcing, employing crosscutting collaborative value chain and risk-based approaches and results oriented capacity building.