COLEACP APPROACH

10 INTERVENTION PRINCIPLES

Local appropriation

No substitution of local stakeholders

Investment in local expertise and human resources

Pooling of problems and solutions / Economies of scale

Demand-driven intervention / Cost sharing

Participatory approach

South-South cooperation

Export as factor of modernization

Structured relationship between local value chain operators

Cross-cutting focus on youth and gender

A SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH BASED ON 3 PILLARS: CHARTER, TRAINING AND SELF-ASSESSMENT

This provides a simple framework for continuous improvement, focusing on the business case so that adopting good practice not only facilitates market access, but genuinely helps suppliers run more efficient, profitable and resilient businesses. It consists of three central elements:

COLEACP APPROACH IN CAMEROON

SUPPORT STRATEGY

COLEACP’s priority areas of intervention of in Cameroon through its Fit For Market and Fit For Market SPS programmes are:

  • Structuring of commodity chains and particularly strengthening the capacities of professional associations to represent the commodity chain, advocacy, communication and services to members.
  • Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues, with priority given to the management of fruit flies on mangoes. Support is targeted at both the competent authority and private sector actors (production/export companies, professional organisations, consultants, …).
  • Information and training on the new European Union (EU) plant health regulations.
  • Strengthening the skills of actors in the horticultural sector:
    • targets: producers, professional/interprofessional organisations, national consultants, management structures, public services;
    • topics: standards and regulations, quality management, good agricultural practices, sustainable production with a focus on soil management and fertiliser application, access to finance, access to markets;
    • modalities: on-site training, group training, training-of-trainers and coaching, with an emphasis on practical training.
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SUPPORT STRATEGY

In Cameroon, COLEACP relies on a National Relay, Mr Guy Wamba, to monitor and implement the activities planned by the association and its technical assistance programmes.

The preferred partners currently identified are:

  • CAON-FED, with which regular exchanges are maintained on current and future projects;
  • The GIZ proCISA project (Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector), which also supports the mango sector;
  • The AfDB-funded PDCVA (Project for the Development of Agricultural Value Chains);
  • The AFD’s PAMPIG 2 project, the AGROPOLE project and the UKTP project (ITC), which are all working to strengthen the capacity of the Penja pepper industry
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