NEWS

  • New COLEACP Rapid SPS Assessment Tool – promoting dialogue and engagement February 9, 2021 - COLEACP’s new Rapid SPS Assessment Tool (R-SAT) provides an integrative change management model to help competent authorities in ACP countries assess their national sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) systems. At the heart of the model is the facilitation of dialogue and engagement between the key stakeholders, both public and private. In the final stage of developing… Read more
  • COLEACP information meetings for NPPOs February 9, 2021 - Further information on TRACES NT COLEACP’s videoconference for National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) on 19 January, on “Use of the European TRACES NT system in ACP countries”, was well attended. Resources The following additional support is available on using TRACES NT: From late March 2021, virtual training courses will be provided by Better Training for… Read more
  • COLEACP technical publications in 2020 January 19, 2021 - In 2020 COLEACP began to publish a series of guidelines in response to the new Plant Health Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 that came into operation in December 2019. Under the new regime, special measures have been introduced for crops that are a known pathway into the EU of serious pests that could damage agriculture or the… Read more
  • News digest: Agri-food markets & production January 18, 2021 - MARKETS: GLOBAL Overview: Global avocado market The price for avocados on the global market has been rising in recent weeks due to a smaller supply and a shortage of large sizes (Fresh Plaza, 8 January). At the moment, Mexico and Chile dominate the market, but their volumes are declining. In the Netherlands, avocado sales were… Read more
  • IYFV 2021 – Fruits and vegetables, your dietary essentials January 18, 2021 - At its 74th session, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). The IYFV is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruit and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health, and in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At the (virtual)… Read more
  • Innovation series – Session N°2 – Grow local: Conquering local markets January 14, 2021 - Session N°2 Grow local: Conquering local markets 21 January 2021, 12h00–14h00 (GMT) English–French interpretation available The second session of the Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO)-COLEACP Innovation Series will focus on ‘Grow local: Conquering local markets’. Key points for discussion: In serving local markets in value-added products, what are the main challenges encountered by business and… Read more
  • News digest : policy December 16, 2020 - Global Financing the Sustainable Development Goals The European Investment Bank (10 December)has joined a group of 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund to launch the first-ever joint report on Financing the Sustainable Development Goals. The report is released at the end of a critical year, in which the Covid-19 pandemic threatens… Read more
  • Regional e-meetings on EU phytosanitary legislation, Brexit and more December 16, 2020 - During December, COLEACP began a series of regional e-meetings for National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs). The first was held in collaboration with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on 4 December. It was followed by an e-meeting on 15 December for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries. The third session, for Pacific… Read more
  • EU approval will not be renewed for six key PPPs November 30, 2020 - Key points EU approval will not be renewed for six PPPs that are important to ACP horticulture: – thiophanate methyl – mancozeb – imidacloprid – zeta-cypermethrin – haloxyfop-p – pencycuron How will ACP producers/exporters be affected? Non-renewal means that these PPPs can no longer be legally used within EU countries. But it also has an impact… Read more
  • New EU Organic Regulation postponed by one year November 12, 2020 - In a press release issued on 4th September, The European Commission (EC) has announced a proposal to postpone the entry into force of the new organic regulation (EU) 2018/848 from January 2021 to January 2022.  The proposal still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament, but seems certain to go ahead. COLEACP welcomes this important move,… Read more