NEWS

  • 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
  • Ethiopia: Unveiling of COLEACP Rapid SPS Assessment tool for the Ethiopian National Plant Protection Organisation September 17, 2021 - A meeting was held on 15 September 2021 with the Ethiopian National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO), the national focal point and the COLEACP team to introduce COLEACP’s Rapid SPS Assessment (R-SAT) tool. The R-SAT tool was developed by COLEACP to support relevant authorities, in consultation with key stakeholders from the public and private sectors, to… 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… 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
  • Our team of national relays April 22, 2021 - COLEACP has long depended on a committed team of local representatives (“relays”), who contribute their wide-ranging in-country and regional expertise in each of the three African, Caribbean and Pacific regions, keep us in touch with our value chains “on the ground”, and enhance our networks. Meet the team! COLEACP National Relays AFRICA Burkina Faso Edit… 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
  • Ethiopia : EHPEA launches horticultural training centre February 2, 2021 - The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has announced the opening of a technical and vocational training institute for the horticultural sector, the first of its kind in the country. The focus will be on the competitiveness of the Ethiopian horticultural industry and access to international markets. The institute aims to address the shortage of… Read more
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