• 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
  • The future of food is in women’s hands October 16, 2021 - To celebrate World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), COLEACP joins the United Nations in celebrating the unsung contribution of ACP women entrepreneurs to our food system. Women are a significant entrepreneurial force as owners of farms, input supply stores, service delivery businesses, and processing and export firms… Read more
  • Rural women – heroes and role models – are not celebrated enough October 15, 2021 - Did you know? “Rural women make up a quarter of the world’s population and work as farmers, entrepreneurs or agricultural workers” United Nations. To celebrate the International Day of Rural Women (15 October) and World Food Day (16 October), COLEACP joins the UN in celebrating the resilience of rural women in the wake of Covid-19.… Read more
  • Zimbabwe: Pineapple smallholders achieve organic certification September 10, 2021 - “The Trust is excited, ZimTrade is thrilled, GreenStone Foods is over the moon whilst COLEACP is looking at building on this success to help the Trust grow. What a journey!” William Zirebwa, COLEACP National Relay Zimbabwe   In August 2021, 45 smallholder pineapple farmers in Rusitu Valley, Chipinge, members of the Rusitu Valley Growers and… Read more
  • EU MRL changes for 83 PPPs in 2021 August 26, 2021 - Key points Since the start of 2021, European Union (EU) maximum residue level (MRL) changes concerned 83 plant protection products (PPPs; 59 in 2020). These changes refer to modifications compared to the previous regulation, and can be either an increase or lowering of the MRLs for certain foods.COLEACP identified 27 key substances used in African,… Read more
  • Africa Fairtrade Convention 2021 in Africa (Nairobi) June 17, 2021 - The 7th Africa Fairtrade Convention (AFC) will be held virtually in Nairobi from 22–25 June 2021, focusing on “Producers leading the future of trade”. The event is organised by Fairtrade Africa. AFC is a gathering of producers, traders, partner organisations, Fairtrade movements, governments and policy makers – among other stakeholders – to discuss improvement of… Read more
  • COLEACP’s participation in the 4th AU–EU agriculture ministerial conference June 17, 2021 - The fourth African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) agriculture ministerial conference will take place on 22 June 2021, co-hosted by the African Union Commission and the European Commission. The event will include four high-level thematic sessions, to be held in parallel, from 10:00 to 11:30 (CET). Jeremy Knops, COLEACP’s General Delegate, is taking part… Read more
  • Disseminating R-SAT – COLEACP’s Rapid SPS Assessment Tool May 27, 2021 - Competent authorities of six priority countries On 22 and 29 April, COLEACP’s new Rapid SPS Assessment Tool (R-SAT) was presented in English and French to competent authorities of the six priority countries where it will soon be applied: Suriname, Uganda and Zimbabwe; Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. A presentation of the tool was followed by… Read more
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