BAFS as one of the STDF Developing Country Experts

BAFS as one of the STDF Developing Country Experts

December 6, 2022. The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) proudly announces the selection of Ms. Mary Grace Mandigma, Assistant Director-Designate and Division Chief of the Technical Services Division (in concurrent capacity), as one of the six (6) developing country experts of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF).

As a developing country expert, Ms. Mandigma is expected to provide technical knowledge, information and practical advice to support the implementation of activities in the STDF Strategy and work plan, based on her particular expertise in food safety in Asia. She will also assist in raising awareness about the STDF in Asia through seeking interested STDF funding applicants and providing recommendations to the STDF Secretariat on the dissemination of STDF information materials at the national/regional events, among others.                             

STDF developing country experts will also take part in various meetings of STDF such as working group and policy committee meetings. They are also expected to provide technical guidance and practical advice to support the thematic capacity development activities of STDF at the national, regional or international level.

STDF is a knowledge hub about SPS related concerns founded by five international organizations namely Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), World Bank Group, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO). It also provides funding to institutions that develop and deliver innovative, cross-cutting projects that help developing countries improve food safety, animal and plant health to facilitate safe trade.

The experts were selected from different regions worldwide namely: Southeast Asia (Philippines), Africa (Tanzania), South America (Colombia), Caribbean region (Jamaica), Africa (Zimbabwe), and South Asia (Bhutan).

Ms Mandigma’s term as a developing country expert will commence in 2023.

To know more about STDF and their activities, you can access the STDF website at