• INNOVATIONS SERIES: SUCCESS STORIES OF ENTREPRENEURS IN AFRICA January 20, 2022 - In November 2020, the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO) and COLEACP launched the Innovations Series on innovations and successes of African farmer-led businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs, despite the numerous challenges they face, have unprecedented opportunities to supply local, regional and export markets. Moreover, innovation is a driving force in transforming food systems,… Read more
  • News digest: COVID-19 December 20, 2021 - Covid-19 Europe EU countries move to restrict air travel from southern Africa over new COVID variant Concerns over a new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa have prompted fresh travel restrictions in Italy and Germany on as Brussels considers EU-wide flight restrictions. The EC will propose to suspend air travel from southern Africa amid concerns… Read more
  • EU approval not renewed for four key PPPs and other changes notified to WTO December 16, 2021 - Key points Famoxadone is no longer approved within the European Union (EU) as of September 2021. EU approval was not renewed for acrinathrin, prochloraz and indoxacarb and will expire at the end of December 2021. The EU has also notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intention to adapt the conditions of approval of… Read more
  • Update on EU MRL changes December 15, 2021 - Key points Since the start of 2021, there have been European Union (EU) maximum residue level (MRL) changes concerning 123 plant protection products (PPPs), compared with 59 in 2020. These changes refer to modifications to the previous regulation, and can be either an increase or lowering of the MRLs for certain foods. Since the latest… Read more
  • Uganda: Updated Technical Brochure on false codling moth December 15, 2021 - COLEACP has just updated its Technical Brochure on the management of false codling moth (FCM, Thaumatotibia leucotreta), for use in training sessions with Ugandan growers of pepper (Capsicum spp.). The main enhancement is an updated table of plant protection products (PPPs) potentially effective against FCM that are currently registered for use in Uganda (2021). The… Read more
  • COLEACP training-of-trainers: “From face-to-face to distance learning” December 15, 2021 - In 2020, due to Covid-19 restrictions, it became urgently necessary to develop digital tools and distance learning methods. COLEACP mobilised quickly, and in April 2020 a training course on the basics of digital training was organised urgently for COLEACP’s ACP experts and the training department team, in partnership with the Digital and Multimedia Teaching Support… Read more
  • New EU measures impacting Capsicum from Uganda December 9, 2021 - In November, the EU Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed approved amendments to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793. As a reminder, this is the regulation on the temporary increase of official controls and emergency measures at EU border control posts where there is a food safety risk or evidence of widespread serious non-compliance with… Read more
  • News digest: Agri-food systems and sustainability December 7, 2021 - Agri-food and climate Africa Voices from the AGRF 2021 Summit call for pathways to recovery and resilient food systems The AGRF 2021 Summit, was a critical gathering of global and African voices. Designed to outline, discuss and validate commitments to, and accelerate action towards, ending hunger, reducing poverty and improving nutrition by 2030. From 7-10… Read more
  • News digest: Agri-food markets, production and trade December 6, 2021 - Agri-food Africa Rwanda: Rwanda plans to double its lending to agriculture Rwanda plans to double its lending to the agricultural sector from 5.2 to 10.4% by 2024. The goal is to modernise agriculture, which now accounts for one-third of Rwanda’s GDP. Small farms can rarely access financial services due to high interest rates (18-24% per… Read more
  • 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
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