• EU approval expires for three key PPPs – flubendiamide, spinetoram and spirotetramat – April 2022 April 19, 2022 - Key points The European Commission (EC) has recently issued notification of changes to 10 plant protection product (PPP) approvals within the European Union (EU), some of which are important for ACP horticulture. These include:Non-renewal of flubendiamide, spinetoram and spirotetramat Notification to the WTO of its intention to renew the approval of bifenzate How will ACP… Read more
  • Summaries of the two first OECD-COLEACP Fruit and Vegetables Industry Sessions April 14, 2022 - In 2021, OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme and COLEACP launched the Fruit and Vegetables Industry Series to highlight the significance of the sector and to celebrate the United Nations 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (F&V). The series aims to share knowledge of both local and export markets and operators; enhance understanding of the… Read more
  • Update on EU MRL changes – April 2022 April 12, 2022 - Changes to EU pesticide maximum residue levels Since the start of 2022, we have been highlighting significant changes to EU MRLs that affect 23 active substances, 9 of which are important for ACP export horticulture. The European Commission has also recently notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of some additional proposed changes involving a further… Read more
  • Catch up on our latest webinars showcasing ACP agribusinesses April 6, 2022 - Two recent webinars focused on agrifood businesses in the Caribbean and Africa: “Agriculture trade: Opportunities for SMEs and businesses in export markets” (with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, IICA); and “Catalysing young African agri-entrepreneurs’ investments” (with the Pan-African Farmers’ Organization, PAFO). Agriculture trade: Opportunities for SMEs and businesses in export markets IICA-COLEACP Caribbean… Read more
  • Get ready for Fruit Logistica and Macfrut 2022 March 28, 2022 - The Fruit Logistica and Macfrut trade shows are opening their doors soon! Be ready to meet up again face-to-face, in Berlin or in Rimini. To help ACP horticultural companies prepare for their visits to Fruit Logistica and Macfrut, group training sessions are currently being organised under the Fit For Market SPS and NExT Kenya programmes.… Read more
  • West Africa: Identifying and assessing mango waste March 17, 2022 - As the 2022 mango campaign in West Africa begins, COLEACP Training Project Officer Sami Chauvet shares our experience of Fit For Market capacity building in waste reduction and valorisation during the 2021 campaign. During 2021, training on “Evaluation, reduction and valorisation of waste from the mango sector” was provided through the Fit For Market programme… Read more
  • INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S RIGHTS DAY 2022 March 8, 2022 - Celebrate women in the agrifood sector! Worldwide, about a third of established businesses are women owned and managed.1 Sub-Saharan Africa has of the highest rates of women’s entrepreneurs.2 Latin America and the Caribbean region show a high rate of women entrepreneurs involved in high-growth activity and manufacturing and transportation sector, half of them being under… Read more
  • Amendments to EU plant health rules for False Codling Moth February 18, 2022 - The EU has introduced new legislation to amend plant health rules covering False Codling Moth (FCM, Thaumatotibia leucotreta). The new draft regulation has been submitted to the WTO for a feedback period, and will be applied from 11th April 2022. FCM is listed as a priority pest under EU plant health regulations ((EU) 2019/1702). Unfortunately,… Read more
  • News Digest: agri-food production, markets and trade February 11, 2022 - PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING Africa UEMOA attempts to respond to soaring fertiliser prices The Ministers of Agriculture and Trade of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) met in Cotonou, Benin in December to discuss the soaring price of fertilisers and their availability. This is a situation faced by most countries in the world, but… Read more
  • STDF Cameroon: 5th Steering Committee meeting February 10, 2022 - On 3 February, the 5th meeting of the Steering Committee (COPIL) of the project “Improvement of the sanitary and phytosanitary quality of Penja pepper in Cameroon to facilitate access to international markets” (STDF/PG/593) was held to discuss the project’sfinal year. This year’s programme, validated at the COPIL meeting, focuses on training for the various trades… Read more

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