Full project name

EDES – Strengthening Food Safety Systems through SPS measures

Funding (financial partners)

European Union

Technical Partners

  • French Agency for the Safety of Food, Environment and Labour (France)
  • National Food Institute / Technical University (Denmark)
  • Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD) (France)
  • Natural Resources Institute (United Kingdom)
  • National School of Veterinary Services (France)
  • France Vet International (France)
  • Directorate General of Food (France)
  • Food and Environment Research Agency (UK)


29.5 million euros


2010 - 2016


The purpose of EDES was to help the ACP States strengthen their national (or regional) food safety policies to facilitate their access to international markets.

The goal was to establish “Food Safety Systems” in 20 ACP countries in line with international standards and EU requirements.


Target groups:

  • ACP public agencies operating in the field of food safety of export products (competent authorities, inspection services, laboratories, regional organisations promoting regional integration)
  • Professional categories in the ACP countries (analytical laboratories and private food inspection services, consultants/experts/ trainers in food safety, food production and processing companies exporting their products, associations of producers and exporters, associations of small growers.

Final beneficiaries:

  • ACP producers of food for export
  • ACP and European consumers

Target Countries

50 ACP Countries

Short presentation

The EDES Programme was implemented from 1 February 2010 until 31 December 2015 by COLEACP and a consortium of eight partners.

With an initial duration of 4 years, which was extended to almost 6 (5 years and 11 months), EDES obtained funding of EUR 29.5 million under the 9th EDF. The overall objective of EDES was to improve the contribution of the food trade to poverty alleviation in ACP countries. All the food production sectors were therefore potentially affected by the programme’s support activities.

EDES aimed to assist ACP States to strengthen their “national (or regional) food safety policies” by helping countries to implement their food safety policies by supporting the establishment of systems tailored to national needs that were viable and economically realistic in the ACP countries. The EDES missions were also designed to stimulate, promote, assist and support the process of change necessary for the establishment of food safety management systems based on risk analysis.

The capacity building activities concerned: the competent authorities; public and private laboratories; professional organisations; all stakeholders in the food safety chain, including civil society, in particular through consumer associations.

The programme activities were deployed on the basis of a request from the country and an analysis conducted with the food safety stakeholders.