Country Support Programme

The Country Support Program on food safety is an SAFE initiative, launched in 2016, with the aim of supporting ATF members in addressing food safety challenges at a national level. Egypt and Palestine were selected as pilot countries to launch the Country Support Programme.

Country Support Programme for Egypt

One of the key achievements was the establishment of the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA).


Headquartered in Cairo, the NFSA is an independent authority, responsible for the protection of consumers’ health and consumer interests by ensuring that food consumed, distributed, marketed or produced in Egypt meets the highest standards of food safety and hygiene. It is also responsible for the oversight and control of licensing, certifications, inspections, import/export control, as well as the supervision and regulation of food stuffs.


In 2017, a Joint Declaration was signed between UNIDO and the Government of Egypt, for the provision of technical assistance to Egypt on food safety under the “Country Support Program”.

The objective of the Country Support Program for Egypt is to assist the NFSA in upgrading key components of the Egyptian food safety standard-setting, regulatory, and control system. The initiative will result in improved ability of the NFSA and its partners to contribute to regional efforts of enhanced coordination and harmonization of food safety interventions.

Country Support Programme for Palestine

The Country Support Program for Palestine is designed to complement an FAO project focusing on establishing a risk-based inspection system for food safety. The objective of the programme is to provide technical assistance and contribute to ongoing Palestinian efforts in strengthening the food safety regime and establishing a set of inspection and control protocols on food safety.


In 2018, a Joint Declaration was signed between UNIDO and the Government of Palestine, represented by the Ministry of Health. 

This support program will result in improving the ability and competence of food safety program including Ministry of Health and its partners: Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of National Economy NGOs, private sector and academia, to contribute to regional efforts in enhancing the coordination and harmonization of food safety interventions that satisfy the Arab Food Safety project objectives.