• Announcing a new programme: Fit For Market+ December 21, 2021 - Fit For Market, “plus” mitigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the sustainability of the ACP horticultural sector From 2022 COLEACP will implement a new EU/OACPS-funded programme that builds on 20 years’ achievements to confront the unprecedented challenges – and opportunities – faced by ACP horticultural value chains today. This new five-year, €25 million programme – “Fit… 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • FAO market access training for Ethiopia December 7, 2021 - At the request of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and the Ministry of Agriculture, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised a capacity development programme on market access in October. The five-day hybrid training event was organised by the FAO Subregional Office for Eastern Africa (FAO-SFE), FAO Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Ministry of… Read more
  • Updated guidance document on the New EU Organic Regulation and associated implementing & delegated acts November 29, 2021 - The new EU Organic Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/848) was introduced with the stated aim of encouraging the sustainable development of organic production in the EU, guaranteeing fair competition for farmers and operators, preventing fraud and unfair practices, and improving consumer confidence in organic products. ​Development of the basic act took several years of intense negotiations.… 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
  • 5th African Diaspora Agrofood Forum: summary November 26, 2021 - Last September, COLEACP supported Belgium-based NGO The FoodBridge with the organisation of the 5th African Diaspora Agrofood Forum which reunites stakeholders to discuss the role of the African Diaspora and global agribusiness in supporting development both on the African continent and in diaspora communities. Over 200 participants followed the online conferences on ‘Recovery, resilience and… Read more

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