• Celebrate young African and Caribbean entrepreneurs August 12, 2022 - The young people of today and tomorrow play a central role in transforming food systems to provide access to sufficient and nutritious food, and adopt sustainable approaches to address climatic and environmental challenges. There are 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 worldwide (16% of the global population), of whom nearly… Read more
  • EU and GB MRL changes in 2022 July 22, 2022 - Changes to EU and GB pesticide maximum residue levels Following the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU), COLEACP’s monitoring of pesticide regulations now covers MRL changes in both the EU and Great Britan (GB), enabling us to keep COLEACP members and partner-beneficiaries up-to-date. Note that EU MRLs still apply in Northern… Read more
  • EU and GB approval changes – April-June 2022 July 19, 2022 - EU and GB approval changes Following the departure of the UK from the EU, COLEACP’s monitoring of pesticide regulations now covers both EU and GB approval changes, enabling us to keep COLEACP members and partner-beneficiaries up-to-date. The European Commission (EC) has recently issued notification of changes to plant protection product (PPP) approvals within the EU,… Read more
  • New procedure for notifying non-compliances to third countries in TRACES-NT July 19, 2022 - Some weeks ago, the EU sent out a notice to let third countries know that the system for notifying plant health interceptions (via email) would be replaced with a new system that uses the TRACES-NT platform. It is important to disseminate this information to all the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) officials that are responsible… Read more
  • Fit For Market Plus – apply now for programme support July 15, 2022 - In total, close to a 1000 participants attended six regional events and the intra-ACP official launch event for the new FFM + programme. These events were the opportunity to present the rational behind the programme, to detail foreseen activities for stakeholders from the ACP horticultural sector, and to explain how to access support. Funded by… Read more
  • COLEACP’s 2021 Annual Report is just published July 15, 2022 - Our new look annual report is available here. Get a quick overview of our 2021 programmes (Fit For Market, Fit For Market SPS, NExT Kenya, STDF projects) and our contributions to collaborative projects (with UNIDO and Enabel, among others) – and view snapshots of selected programme activities. The report also gives a brief summary of… Read more
  • More effective control of potato blight in Fouta-Djallon with a new warning system July 14, 2022 - In Fouta-Djallon, central Guinea, potato is a major crop, widely exported to countries in the sub-region, with more than 45,000 tonnes produced per year and 38,000 affiliated producers – 64% of whom are women. One of the major problems faced by potato crop is blight. Extremely prevalent during the rainy season, mildew limits the cultivated… Read more
  • Suriname: Eggplant R-SAT Validation Workshop July 13, 2022 - On 24 May the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries of the Republic of Suriname, in collaboration with COLEACP (Fit For Market SPS programme) and the Caribbean Agricultural Health & Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), held a one-day Eggplant R-SAT Validation Workshop in Paramaribo, bringing together 20 key representatives from the public and private horticulture… Read more
  • Study tour to Kenya by Somalia’s competent authorities July 13, 2022 - In the last week of May, Kenya hosted a study tour by the Somalian competent authorities – the Somali Bureau of Standards (SOBS) and the Somali Agricultural Regulatory and Inspection Services (SARIS), part of the Ministry of Agriculture & Irrigation (MoA). They visited the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate… Read more
  • NExT Kenya study on bottlenecks in the horticultural sector is supported by evidence from recent NHT mission July 13, 2022 - On 5 July, at a meeting with representatives of Kenya’s horticultural public and private sectors, Dr Kedera, NExT Kenya programme coordinator, presented the results of a study on the bottlenecks affecting the competitiveness of Kenyan horticultural exports. These results are the fruit of more than a year’s work, which involved local consultants, multiple exchanges with… Read more
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