In accordance with the cooperation protocol signed between ONSSA and AGASA (Gabon Agency for Food Security) in 2014, the Office received on Monday, October 05, 2015 two executives from the Gabonese authority, for a study stay of two weeks. The program of visits includes meetings with the various central managers as well as practical visits to the field; the general theme concerns the procedures for issuing approvals and authorizations as well as the application of sanitary and phytosanitary standards. This visit follows a previous training course for AGASA executives whose terms of reference concerned in particular import and export regulations.
A public establishment, the AGASA was created in 2011 and its main mission is to assess and prevent the nutritional and health risks of food. The creation of this agency is a recommendation of the emergency food security plan aimed at reducing the imports of certain basic food products by 5% each year, in particular cassava, rice, bananas, meat and vegetables.