• COVID-19 – Update on trade and markets in ACP countries and the EU for horticultural products August 19, 2020 - Many countries have put in place special measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These measures, as well as changes in food purchasing habits, have an impact on trade. In addition, concerns are mounting for the health and livelihoods of the workers who produce, deliver and sell our food worldwide. COLEACP remains on… Read more
  • INNOVATIONS SERIES: SUCCESS STORIES OF ENTREPRENEURS IN AFRICA January 20, 2022 - In November 2020, the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO) and COLEACP launched the Innovations Series on innovations and successes of African farmer-led businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs, despite the numerous challenges they face, have unprecedented opportunities to supply local, regional and export markets. Moreover, innovation is a driving force in transforming food systems,… Read more
  • Training in crop protection and safe use of pesticides January 17, 2022 - In January COLEACP organised training on #Crop_protection_and_Safe_Use_of_Pesticides through the NExT Kenya programme. The training aimed to build the capacity of technical and extension staff responsible for production and phytosanitary treatments within their companies. Participants updated their knowledge on pest and disease identification; suitable #crop_protection methods with a focus on #IPM; the risks involved in using… Read more
  • Fit For Market+: a new EU-OACPS programme 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
  • 2021 Kenya Avocado Excellence Awards December 20, 2021 - On 10 December, COLEACP attended the Kenya Avocado Excellence Awards (KAEA) as a shortlisted nominee under the category of “best development partner”. COLEACP is in good company in the category, alongside MARKUP (the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme); the Government of Kenya’s National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP); and the independent, nonprofit research… 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
  • Launch event of FPEAK’s strategic plan 2021–2025 December 15, 2021 - The Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) launched its Strategic Plan 2021–2025 on 1 October at Crowne Plaza JKIA in Nairobi. The Strategic Plan is set to address current challenges in the industry while exploring new opportunities to build resilience and boost productivity and market access. The event was attended by various stakeholders in… Read more
  • Development of Good Practice Guide on Avocado December 15, 2021 - The Kenyan avocado sector Kenya is one of the fastest growing fresh produce exporters in the world – and avocado is the world’s fastest growing fruit in popularity. Global avocado production increased by 72% in the past 10 years (FAOSTAT). In 2019, Kenya produced an estimated 365,000 metric tonnes of avocado, which represents a 100% increase… 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
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