• Global Shea Alliance (Ghana) – Field Training Workshop on facilitation methods and tools March 26, 2021 - A Field Training Workshop for the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) aimed to develop participants’ capacity to transmit good practices in hygiene, traceability, crop protection and the safe use of pesticides to workers and/or small producers, as part of COLEACP’s Fit For Market programme. Held from 8 to 12 March, the workshop was designed for producers… Read more
  • News digest: Agri-food markets and production March 18, 2021 - Global Organic farming is still gaining ground Global organic agriculture is progressing in small steps again in 2019, with a 1.6% increase in the global surface area – an additional 1.1 million hectares (ha) – to 72.3 million ha (including land under conversion), with Oceania in the lead, in fact Australia (nearly 50%), followed by… Read more
  • Support for NPPOs: Banana fusarium wilt TR4 in West Africa March 10, 2021 - On 9 March, COLEACP and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a webinar with the FAO-led World Banana Forum: “Banana fusarium wilt TR4 – an overview of distribution and impact, and the essential biosecurity measures needed for West Africa”. TR4 is an aggressive strain of banana fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense… Read more
  • AGROSEAL LTD (Ghana) – implementation of a quality management system February 27, 2021 - AGROSEAL LTD is currently receiving COLEACP Fit For Market support to implement a quality management system that complies with national and international requirements. This collaboration includes capacity building and support for the Agroseal team to develop a procedures manual. Agroseal is a Ghanaian agricultural trading company with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables (pineapple,… Read more
  • Ghana: Training in cost/benefit analysis for a women’s cooperative of Global Shea Alliance February 3, 2021 - As part of COLEACP’s Fit For Market programme, training in cost/benefit analysis for micro/small scale producers was organised for the Global Shea Alliance (GSA). The training aimed to build capacity in cost/benefit and cashflow-related calculations for the production of vegetables at producer level, and in how farmers can be assisted to budget for the various… Read more
  • Ghana: Training on Organic Systems Implementation and Certification February 2, 2021 - As part of COLEACP’s Fit For Market programme, a training in organic implementation systems was organized for a family-owned company SGA Farms, producing papayas in Ghana, in order to build their capacity in organic production methods. This training covered aspects related to certification, setting up an internal control system, drawing up procedures and documentation, maintaining… Read more
  • Training-of-Trainers in Ethical Production and Corporate Social Responsibility January 19, 2021 - COLEACP’s training-of-trainers in Ethical Production and Corporate Social Responsibility is taking place in two stages. Over 3 weeks in September 2020, online training was provided for French-speaking experts. Of 19 experts selected, 14 took part and successfully completed the training, which included practical exercises and group presentations. Participants attended from Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire,… Read more
  • Calendar: Trade fairs January–June 2021 January 18, 2021 - Here are some key events scheduled for the first part of 2021. In light of the Covid-19 situation, Biofach eSpecial in February is being held completely online, and most events plan to review the situation as the year progresses. Trade fairs EventTheme / organiserDateLocation Biofach eSpecialWorld´s leading trade fair for organic food (including fruit and… 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
  • COLEACP–ECOWAS Cooperation Agreement December 11, 2020 - On 8 December, COLEACP signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Mr Alain Sy Traoré, Director of Agriculture and Rural Development of the ECOWAS Commission, said “Within the framework of this Cooperation Agreement, we encourage the continuation of the exchanges initiated between COLEACP and ECOWAS through the Fit For… Read more

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