Empowering EU and African companies to fully play their role in the emergence of new sustainable models in the international fruit and vegetable industry
COLEACP will participate in Fruit Attraction 2019 to meet with exporters from sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, as well as European importers who source fruit and vegetables from these regions. The event will offer opportunities for first-hand updates on the various activities under way to promote sustainable trade between the two continents through COLEACP’s Fit For Market programme.
Fit For Market assists smallholders, farmer groups and MSMEs to access international and domestic horticultural markets by complying with market and sanitary/phytosanitary (SPS) requirements. At the programme’s core is sustainable intensification – increasing production while minimising negative impacts on the climate, ecosystems and the productive environment.
COLEACP’s mission is to develop the agrifood trade (especially the fruit and vegetable sector) in an inclusive and sustainable way, primarily in the ACP countries and between them and the European Union. COLEACP is organised into seven services, including technical assistance, with the activities of each service financed through cooperation programmes like Fit For Market. Its technical assistance activities include working alongside companies, service providers and Competent Authorities, individually or collectively, to reinforce their technical capacities. This might include implementing a quality or traceability system, obtaining certification, achieving accreditation, developing self-assessment systems, facilitating access to financing, or developing business plans and manuals for procedures and inspections.
The COLEACP team will be pleased to meet you during Fruit Attraction 2019.
For more information: www.coleacp.org and https://eservices.coleacp.org/en
The EU will introduce new regulations governing the imports of mango. The new directive will take effect from 1st September 2019. According to the Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee (COLEACP), importers must act now to ensure compliance. The new rules are a response to high numbers of interceptions of mango imports due to the presence of fruit fly (non-European Tephritidae). On 21 March 2019, the new rules were officially adopted as Commission Implementing Directive (EU) 2019/523, amending Annexes I to V of the EU Plant Health Directive 2000/29/EC. The new directive came into force on 31 March, and will be applied from 1 September 2019
COLEACP launches a new model for fruit and vegetable trade with developing countries
A charter to encourage a new CSR-based produce trade model was announced at Fruit Logistica by COLEACP, the organisation that manages the PIP and EDES programmes financed by the European Development Fund. “Enterprises that voluntarily commit themselves to this charter will receive backing from COLEACP to implement corporate social responsibility”, said Guy Stinglhamber, the COLEACP director. “Training and technical assistance modules will be created to support them”.
For the past two years COLEACP has been paying particular attention to upgrading ethical and sustainability standards in the relations between ACP producers and European importers. From now on, this aspect will be an essential feature of COLEACP’s activities. The European Development Days organised by the European Commission at the end of November 2013 put forward the idea that public-private partnership and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are essential factors for development. Immediately afterwards, COLEACP announced the launch of the PPP4PPP declaration: Public-Private Partnership for People-Planet-Profit. “This declaration upholds the new European development policy and the idea that CSR is a major factor for development”, emphasised Guy Stinglhamber. The declaration has been signed by 400 companies, interprofessional organisations and associations representing 30 to 40 million growers.
EU-Africa Business Forum
The PPP4PPP declaration will also be posted online in order to attract new signatories before the EU-Africa summit at the beginning of April, where COLEACP is co-organising an EU-Africa Agri-business Forum.
Since 2001, COLEACP has been managing the PIP and EDES programmes, financed by the European Development Fund, which have provided 100 million euro’s worth of technical assistance and training to ACP produce sectors. COLEACP (the Europe-Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Liaison Committee) was created in 1973. It is an interprofessional network that aims to defend the interests of producers/exporters in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and EU importers of horticultural products. It has 400 members, representing 85% of the fruit and vegetable exports from ACP countries to Europe, and works hand-in-hand with FAO, the UN, the World Bank, DG SANCO and Freshfel, among others.