ACHIPIA: Strengthening the national Codex structure in the Caribbean

• Project name: Strengthening the functioning of the national Codex structure in Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia and Suriname.

• Implemented by Chilean Food Quality and Safety Agency (ACHIPIA)
• Geographical scope: Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad y Tobago, Santa Lucía and Surinam.
• Amount assigned: 183.920 USD
• Implementation period: 2015 – 2017
• Work track: 2 / Chilean public institution 

Finished

Description:

The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice contribute to the safety, quality and fairness of the international food trade. Consumers can trust the safety and quality of the food products they buy and importers can trust that the food they ordered will be in accordance with their specifications.

Codex members cover 99% of the world’s population. More and more developing countries are taking an active part in the Codex process. Being an active member of CODEX helps countries to compete in sophisticated world markets and to improve food safety for their own population.

Starting July 2015, Chile is the Coordinator of the Codex Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean (CCLAC). Among many other important priorities, the CCLAC Coordinator must strengthen the integration of the Caribbean States to the rest of the countries of the region and improve their technical capacities to effectively participate in Codex.

As this project seeks to strengthen the capacity of the participating states in Codex, regional standards for specific islands products could be promoted, benefiting the local food producers.

ACHIPIA will partner with IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture) a key stakeholder in the Caribbean in all matters related with agriculture.