More information on BFTP I

Programme Summary



 Facilitate sustainable trade in biodiversity products and services, through innovative collaborative arrangements that enhance sustainable bio-resources management, product development, value-added processing and marketing.


5 years
Operational start: 1 July 2003
Implementing agency: UNCTAD
International partners: ITC, CBI, SIPPO
Regional partners: Southern African region: PhytoTrade Africa (Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Amazonian region: Bolsa Amazonia
National partners: National BioTrade Programmes and partners in Bolivia, Brazil Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, Vietnam
Donors: Government of Switzerland Government of the Netherlands


Main Achievments

The main achievements of BFTP I include: 

  • Supply chain development
    The BTFP I has supported national programmes and other partners to select BioTrade products and services, to strengthen these supply chains and to implement BioTrade principles and criteria along the whole value chain. This has provided concrete support to national export strategies and has allowed focusing efforts of conservation and sustainable use on the promising differentiated products a country has to offer. Furthermore, supply-chain development has enabled the effective management of native species and the identification of new markets. As a result, national capacities to support organizations, as well as alliances between the private sector and environmental authorities have been strengthened. 


  • Promotion of market access
    In order to overcome challenges faced by BioTrade SMEs to access markets, a comprehensive market strategy was developed, with a special focus on the access to the EU markets. Within this strategy, the BTFP focused its efforts on the registration of products for EU markets entry, the identification and training on market barriers, the facilitation of concerted actions to overcome market barriers, business to business contacts and promotion of commercial partnerships. As a result, exports in BTFP prioritized sectors have grown. Furthermore, the concerns of the BTFP beneficiary countries and companies were taken into account in the revision of the EU Novel Foods Regulation and the NFR application for baobab was accepted. Finally, the BTFP also facilitated the creation of the UEBT as a mechanism to differentiate BioTrade companies and supported work on Appellation of Origin. A major achievement in this area is the attribution of an appellation of origin to Cacao Arriba in Ecuador. 


  • Methodologies development
    The BTFP I interim report concluded that through its work on methodologies development and policies, the BTFP is becoming an international reference point. The BTFP I has developed guidelines for the value-chain approach, quality issues, sustainable management, benefit sharing and verification.


  • Value chain approach
    Adapting existing methodologies of FAO and ITC, the BTFP I elaborated a methodology for BioTrade value chains: selection, assessment and strategy development. BTFP partners were trained in this methodology and applied it successfully. As a result, the value chain methodology has become the standard practice for the formulation of BioTrade programmes.


  • BioTrade and Quality
    BTFP partners and companies were trained on quality issues such as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). As a result, the quality thinking has become an integrated part of national partners operations and some BTFP companies even got GMP or HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) certificates


  • Sustainable management
    The BTFP, together with partners in developing countries, developed methodologies and manuals for sustainable sourcing (both for collection and cultivation). Those methodologies guide SMEs and their providers on sustainable use management, in line with the BioTrade principles and criteria. As a result, this methodology can be used for traceability documentation, for reporting to national environmental authorities and for reporting on BioTrade compliance. In some countries, parts of the methodology have even been included in national requirements for sustainable management.


  • Benefit sharing
    Draft guidelines have been developed and even if they are not yet finalized, they are already been used by some national programmes and companies as reference document.


  • BioTrade verification framework
    In response to the lack of indicators for the implementation, measurement of performance and compliance to principles and criteria, the BTFP supported the development of a BioTrade verification framework. The framework is now used by the UEBT as well as by national BioTrade programmes.


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