Rationale for FAO-EBRD Framework (2019 extension)
The Bank has a long established relationship with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 1994. To operationalise the MoU, a Framework Agreement for Operational Services (the FA) was signed in October 1997. Under the FA, the EBRD contracts FAO for specific TC assignments and policy dialogue projects in the Agribusiness sector.
Previous work under the FA a ensured the continuity of (i) EBRD work in SEMED countries, which exhibit high food security needs; (ii) implementation of the EBRD’s Private Sector for Food Security Initiative, whose projects focus on upgrading food quality standards; improving the investment climate through policy dialogue and reform; and fostering inclusive and sustainable value chains; and (iii) activities under EBRD’s GET approach which promote efficiency & innovation in the use of energy, water & materials, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation. The joint work with the FAO through the FA is supporting other areas of the EBRD’s engagement, such as fostering innovation and the knowledge economy in the agribusiness sector; supporting producers’ organisations, cooperatives and SMEs towards inclusive growth as part of strong value chains; & promoting environmental sustainability in agricultural systems to accelerate green transition.
In 2020 the Bank initiated the TC project ‘Ukraine: Capacity building for animal health, food safety and quality’. This assignment, part of a regional programme, aims at improving sustainability of animal production by reducing risks associated with transboundary animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance. The reduction is facilitated by this project through systematic actions across the entire meat supply chain, including strengthening contingency planning and preparedness at national and regional levels, investing in biosecurity and animal health practices at company level, improving consumer awareness on food safety and quality issues to propel market incentives, and supporting meat supply chain’s response through quality assurance schemes and self-regulation.
Since the start in Ukraine, the assignment has contributed to the adoption of voluntary standard on antibiotic-free chicken production and positioning of certified and labelled chicken meat on shelves of Ukrainian supermarkets. Standard on antibiotic-free pork production was drafted is being reviewed by international experts and relevant authorities. COVID-19 and biosecurity trainings were provided to private companies and public authorities.
In cooperation with EBRD clients in pork industry, the project team also started piloting use of FAO GLEAM-i tool to establish a baseline for the GHG emissions from livestock operations. In this respect, a need for expansion has been identified to include additional activities and this project extension allows for that need.
The assignment will include supporting analyses and studies, as well as policy dialogue assignments aiming at improving the sustainability of the livestock sector. By combining FAO’s technical knowledge and EBRD’s investment capacity, the assignments undertaken will support the achievement of EBRD’s and FAO’s strategic objectives, in particular the development of more inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems. The Agreement supports the key objectives of the EBRD, in particular to support its countries of operation to advance their transition to market economy; to support private sector development; and to support climate change mitigation.
‘Assignment’ TC Services
Specifically, the consultant will facilitate cooperation and knowledge transfer between national competent authorities, producer associations, universities, and international experts in Ukraine through the following activities:
- Conducting a rapid review of national laboratory capacity, existing national monitoring plans for antibiotic residues, animal diseases and their implementation to assess gaps in terms of laboratory equipment, laboratory consumables and human capacity;
- Drafting specifications for the procurement of needed equipment and laboratory consumables;
- Developing manuals and study materials for the institutionalization of simulation exercises for the competent national authority;
- Supporting the competent authority in institutionalization of simulation exercises and conducting simulation exercises on animal disease identification and eradication and other relevant topics;
- Designing and setting-up a pilot site designated for wild boar carcass dressing and offal disposal;
- Developing manuals for hunters and conducting trainings for private and public game farms/enterprises on carcass dressing and offal disposal;
- Comparing the Ukrainian veterinary education curriculum with OIE Recommendations on the competencies of graduating veterinarians and developing recommendations for curriculum improvement;
- Incentivizing research and collaboration between universities, laboratories and private sector companies by providing research vouchers on topics related to AMR, animal diseases, food quality and safety and similar topics;
- Conducting audit, developing recommendations and providing direct technical advice to private companies and along the supply chains on biosecurity, compartmentalization, use of antibiotics, sustainable animal management practices, food quality issues and environmental sustainability. Discuss investment needs in biosecurity, antibiotic use and improved environmental sustainability of animal food production; support sustainable use of antibiotics by conducting independent monitoring of AMR at industry and company level;
- Conducting awareness raising events for local communities, households, small producers, local veterinarians, and the hunting community on risks associated with transboundary animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance;
- Conducting national and international conferences, workshops, study tours and roundtables on sustainable animal management practices (e.g. biosecurity, compartmentalization, use of antibiotics and AMR) as well as food safety and quality management and promotion;
- Preparing an educational and informational package on sustainable food production chains, food quality and safety, and nutrition. Disseminating the educational and informational package amongst schoolchildren and university students. Organize social engagement events for schoolchildren and university students (e.g. tournament between schools on best essay on food production sustainability and provide a grant for the winning school or organize a trip to a food production facility);
- Conduct meat market analysis to identify main production, consumption and trade trends;
- Reviewing opportunities and identifying options for the introduction of business-to-business / business-to-consumer voluntary quality assurance scheme in specific industries (potentially in pork and poultry);
- Piloting voluntary quality assurance scheme with industry associations by supporting development of internal rules and technical regulations (including specification on biosecurity and antimicrobials use as applicable, monitoring, labeling and other requirements as per EU Commission Communication on best practice guidelines for voluntary certification schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs (2010/C 341/04) and facilitating discussion with industry players through the supply chain;
- Assisting the association(s) in promoting associated labels/practices by providing technical advice to private companies, popularizing and advertising the label. Conduct independent sampling and testing of production that is sold under the label to stimulate consumers’ confidence, popularize the scheme or label (consumer awareness);
- Support the regular use of FAO GLEAM-i tool to establish a baseline for the GHG emissions from livestock operations in selected livestock sub-sectors in Ukraine in order to be able to establish sources of emissions and help identify potential measures to reduce emissions in the medium-term; Update the GLEAM-I Tool and instruct industry unions on how to use GLEAM-I tool; Support industry unions in raw data collection and processing, as well as analysis of GLEAM-I tool results; Based on outcomes of GLEAM-I tool analysis develop recommendations on how to reduce emission at industry and level; Disseminate GLEAM-I tool results amongst industry players and beyond to popularize the tool and to and promote a culture of environmental impact monitoring and disclosure.
- Communicating on assignment activities in local media.
The Bank is the main beneficiary of this assignment.
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