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Kenya’s economy is predominantly agriculture based. The sector, including livestock, forestry and fisheries, accounts for 27% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product and for 60% of export earnings from trade in goods. Some 80% of Kenya’s population depends on agriculture for their livelihood. Although there's been a rapid increase in international trade, Kenya’s export levels remain well below its potential both in terms of produce and markets.
The overall aim of the Standards and Market Access Programme (SMAP) is to help minimise risks related to agricultural products, enhance the quality of local produce and increase the country’s exports and its access to new export markets. The programme aims to enhance market access and competitiveness of Kenya’s animal and plant-based products through adoption of relevant international standards and improved food-safety regulation and enforcement in Kenya.
To achieve these objectives, SMAP addresses three key areas:
The EU's funding for the Standards and Market Access Programme is €12.1 million, and the programme is implemented by four agencies: the Kenya Bureau of Standards, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services, the Department of Veterinary Services, and UNIDO.