COLEACP APPROACH

10 INTERVENTION PRINCIPLES

Local appropriation

No substitution of local stakeholders

Investment in local expertise and human resources

Pooling of problems and solutions / Economies of scale

Demand-driven intervention / Cost sharing

Participatory approach

South-South cooperation

Export as factor of modernisation

Structured relationship between local value chain operators

Cross-cutting focus on youth and gender

A SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH BASED ON 3 PILLARS: CHARTER, TRAINING AND SELF-ASSESSMENT

This provides a simple framework for continuous improvement, focusing on the business case so that adopting good practice not only facilitates market access, but genuinely helps suppliers run more efficient, profitable and resilient businesses. It consists of three central elements:

COLEACP APPROACH IN UGANDA

STRATEGY

COLEACP’s strategy and activities for Uganda in the framework of the Fit For Market programme are based on information collected via missions in the country, in 2017, 2018 and 2019, along with requests for intervention and continuous communication with stakeholders (public and private) and with the COLEACP national relay in the country.

Since January 2021, COLEACP counts with the support of a focal point in the country (Ms. Grace Akao). The services provided by the national relay will mainly contribute to facilitate relations with the various stakeholders in both public and private sectors, particularly at decision-making level and assist the COLEACP team in ensuring that the activities of COLEACP’s programmes are consistent with other projects and programmes implemented by other organisations whose objectives, or part of whose objectives, relate to the same field of activity. The Ugandan national relay provides a particular and very focused support to the country competent authorities.

This is due to the fact that Uganda experienced a high number of interceptions due to the presence in consignments of quarantine pests such as false codling moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta), fruit flies (non-European Tephritidae), and eggplant fruit and shoot borer (Leucinodes orbonalis), and is high on the EC’s Non-EU Trade Alert List. The country is also facing increasing Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) notifications for exceeding maximum residue levels (MRLs).

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PARTNERSHIPS

COLEACP is in regular contact with the main development actors in Uganda. A more concrete partnership is beginning with an STDF project in Uganda, involving CABI, “Enhancing the capacity of the fruit and vegetable sector to comply with phytosanitary requirements for export to global markets” (STDF/PG/543). A training programme has been established to improve the skills and knowledge of phytosanitary inspectors from both private and public sectors to ensure compliance of exported produce with the plant health requirements of importing countries.

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