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
  • INNOVATIONS SERIES : BUSINESS PROFILES OF THE SMES SHOWCASED IN THE PAFO-COLEACP INNOVATIONS SESSIONS November 16, 2021 - 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
  • INNOVATIONS SERIES : 1-year anniversary of inspiring stories from African businesses and SMEs November 16, 2021 - In November 2020, the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO) and COLEACP launched the Innovations Series held every two months and aimed at showcasing innovations and successes of African farmer-led businesses and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Six Innovations Sessions have been organised on various topics and featured 24 inspiring farmers groups and entrepreneurs. They presented their… Read more
  • Tanzania: Tanzania becomes 38th country to ratify AfCFTA October 15, 2021 - Tanzania ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement on Thursday 9 September, becoming the 38th member state to formally join the treaty. The Minister of Industry and Trade said the ratification is an indicator of the intention of Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, to bring the country back into regional integration. The agreement,… 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
  • 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
  • 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