The Center of Phytosanitary Excellence Africa (COPE - AFRICA)

Welcome to COPE

Protecting Agriculture, Supporting Trade

COPE is a virtual learning center hosted at KEPHIS headquarters, oloolua ridge, Karen Nairobi. It was established in 2010 and is a partially independent institution. It was established with the rationale that African countries lack effective systems for managing phytosanitary measures at the national level and also lack good regional co-ordination of the implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention – International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs).

News & Events

3rd Phytosanitary Conference - 2021

07 July 2021

KEPHIS is spearheading activities to mark the International Year of Plant Health (2020/2021) in Kenya. KEPHIS and COPE have organized a virtual 3rd Phytosanitary Conference from 13th to 16th September...

1st Phytosanitary Conference - 2016

25 March 2021

The International Phytosanitary Conference took place from 12th to 16th September 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya. The organizer was Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) who is the National Plant...

2nd Phytosanitary Conference - 2018

09 April 2021

Executive Summary Government of Kenya, USAID (Feed the Future Program), KEPHIS and COPE organized the 2nd Phytosanitary conference from June 4th to 8th 2018 at KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya wher...

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Protecting Agriculture, Supporting Trade

COPE Trainings


  • COPE Consultancy Services

    The principle objective of COPE is to enhance capacity of Africa’s national Phytosanitary systems to protect national agriculture and increase...


  • COPE Curriculum

    Objectives and courses of the COPE training The COPE in-service training courses are designed with the objective of enhancing participant's...


  • ISPMS Reference Materials

    This page includes all adopted International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). Always refer to the versions of the ISPMs as linked on...