NEWS

  • FAO releases guidelines for fall armyworm management November 26, 2021 - On 18 November the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat released new guidelines on fall armyworm (FAW): “Prevention, preparedness and response guidelines for Spodoptera frugiperda“. Fall armyworm is affecting plant health in more than 70 countries, with many others at high risk of introduction. The guidelines offer globally harmonized measures and actions that countries can… Read more
  • News digest: COP26, climate change and food systems October 26, 2021 - What’s happening at COP26? You can view the overall schedule and themes here. What events are relevant to food systems? As well as the international negotiations, there are many “Green Zone” events and side events. The following selection focuses on natural resources, agriculture, and the ACP regions. Green Zone You can join these events virtually… Read more
  • Reducing pesticide use in tropical agriculture October 26, 2021 - On 11–12 October COLEACP participated in a workshop on “Reducing the use of pesticides in tropical agriculture: Key challenges and strategies”, organised by the Agropolis Foundation. During these two days, scientists from the European Union, Middle East and Africa exchanged views on topics ranging from epidemiology, toxicology and environmental impact to societal impacts resulting from… Read more
  • Sustainability Self-Assessment System at the heart of COLEACP’s activities October 25, 2021 - Sustainability – environmental, social and economic – is key to COLEACP’s mission. Our members are encouraged to sign up to our Sustainability Charter, and to regularly complete our Sustainability Self-Assessment System. The system enables producers and agribusinesses to monitor their evolving impacts in all three areas and demonstrate their progress to current and potential customers,… Read more
  • Unfair Trading Practices Directive now law in most EU countries October 25, 2021 - For over 10 years, COLEACP has been part of a coalition of organisations, including Oxfam, the Fair Trade Advocacy Office and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM-EU), lobbying the EU to tackle unfair trading practices (UTPs) in agricultural supply chains. We advocated strongly for new legal provisions to extend beyond the EU to… Read more
  • Pacific: Training continues in the context of Covid October 25, 2021 - Agriculture in the Pacific region has suffered during the pandemic due to its close relationship with tourism. COLEACP’s national relay in Fiji, Mereia Volavola, describes the impact: “The Covid19 pandemic seriously affected the businesses in the Pacific, especially the tourism and agriculture sectors. As the international borders closed, the tourism industry collapsed and the demand… Read more
  • COLEACP and partners supporting sustainable entrepreneurship October 25, 2021 - During September and October COLEACP collaborated with partners to present four online events, bringing together a total of 987 participants in the Caribbean, Latin America, USA, Africa and Europe. With OECD: Fruit and Vegetables Industry Series: Session no. 1 On 14 September the OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme and COLEACP launched the Fruit and Vegetables… Read more
  • Fruit Attraction 2021: Support for COLEACP members and partners October 25, 2021 - From 5–7 October COLEACP and its members and partners took part in the trade fair Fruit Attraction 2021. The B2B event was a hybrid – both in-person and online – for the first time in 2021, presenting opportunities for more ACP horticultural businesses to take part. Exhibitors participated in-person with a stand, online through the… Read more
  • The future of food is in women’s hands October 16, 2021 - To celebrate World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), COLEACP joins the United Nations in celebrating the unsung contribution of ACP women entrepreneurs to our food system. Women are a significant entrepreneurial force as owners of farms, input supply stores, service delivery businesses, and processing and export firms… Read more
  • Rural women – heroes and role models – are not celebrated enough October 15, 2021 - Did you know? “Rural women make up a quarter of the world’s population and work as farmers, entrepreneurs or agricultural workers” United Nations. To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women (15 October) and World Food Day (16 October), COLEACP joins the UN in celebrating the resilience of rural women in the wake of Covid-19.… Read more