Issue 3 November 2010

COLEACP LAUNCH EDES PROGRAMME IN KENYA

COLEACP, a non-profit inter-professional association, representing and defending the collective interests of ACP producers/exporters and EU importers of fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants organised a workshop on 17th November 2010 at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, to introduce the Kenya Food and Feed industry to the EDES initiative.

The EDES expects to identify the key areas that the programme can support our National Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Systems to ensure and enlarge access into the EU while participating at large with the Regional and International Food Trade. EDES programme is an addition to the COLEACP/PIP Programme which has been operating in Kenya mainly in the horticulture industry. A delegation of five officials from the newly launched programme visited the country between 11th and 19th November 2010.

The EDES Programme has been designed to assist ACP Countries in adjusting to EC regulation 882/2004 on Food and Feed official controls. This regulation requires from third countries Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Food control systems that are equivalent to European Standards. The EU has funded the EDES Programme for four (4) years under the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) to the tune of 29.5 Million Euros.

The workshop brought together more than 30 experts from the public and private sectors; comprising of Livestock, Fisheries, Horticulture and aquaculture. The Horticulture sector was represented by Kenya Flower Council, Homegrown and a local consultant Mr. Rod Evans.

EDES is an ACP-EU programme with an overall objective of contributing to poverty alleviation through the integration of food products from ACP regions into international, and particularly European, trade flows. Their specific objective is to support the development in ACP countries of risk-based food safety systems for exports in line with European, international and regional standards.

According to Mr. Olafur Oddgeirsson, a coordinator, the programme will be implemented in three countries namely Kenya, Dominican Republic and Ivory Coast out of the 76 countries selected.

Located in Brussels alongside the PIP which is also implemented by the COLEACP, EDES aims at building on the experience of the PIP in ACP horticulture and, on others in the SPS domain, to support activities leading to the strengthening of horticultural produce safety systems throughout the ACP countries.

The workshop highlighted the following as some of the main SPS issues in the horticulture sector;

i. Residue analysis and monitoring mechanisms. The rate at which the local laboratories adopt new testing methods and technologies was lagging behind those of other East Africa Community member states and of the developed world, most of which form market destination of Kenyan fresh produce.

ii. Inventory of laboratories and existing competencies

iii. Identification of Laws and Regulation

iv. Harmonisation of Regional GAP

v. Establishment of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to guide implementation of standards/code of practices and GAPs.

vi. SPS information dissemination

The support of EDES to small producer organizations will actively engage in export sectors aiming at mainstreaming them by building their capacity to produce acceptable fresh produce for local, regional and international consumers.

Beneficiaries

EDES targets the various actors in food and non-food safety systems throughout the ACP countries under the following categories:

• Competent authorities and public services

• Private business operators: producers, processors and distributors through their professional associations.

• Small producer organizations and their representative bodies

• Laboratories

• Local experts

The EDES will be acting and responding to proposal requests submitted to them at national level by any public or private actors within the scope of horticulture, Livestock, fisheries and aquaculture.

Internship

A M.Sc. student at Wageningen University, Ioannis Kontopoulos, is currently looking for a Dutch company in Kenya where he could do his internship period next year.

His fields of interest are companies that are active in horticulture (tuinbouw), and more specifically companies that have facilities in Kenya where they produce young plants, cuttings, etc. for export.

Companies willing to give him internship can reach Ioannis Kontopoulos through tel. No. 0031616198651 or ioannis.kontopoulos@wur.nl

ETHIOPIA GEARING UP FOR HORTIFLORA EXPO 2011!

The preparations for the 4th edition of the Ethiopian horticulture & floriculture trade exhibition in Addis Ababa have lifted off. From March 23 to 25, 2011, the Millennium Hall in downtown Addis Ababa will be the showcase to the world for the Ethiopian horticulture and floriculture industry. Many buyers of fresh flowers, but also vegetables and fruits, from Europe, Middle East and the USA are expected to attend. Growers from Ethiopia and as well as other African countries are expected to visit this important trade event.

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA) and HPP Exhibitions are the organizers and committed to maximize their joint efforts for a prime trade exhibition. The government of the Netherlands announced to support the event with an official Dutch pavilion and it is expected that more than 50 Dutch based companies will follow this initiative.

Ethiopia is currently ranking second in exports of fresh cut flowers, after Kenya which holds a strong first place in Africa and the rest of the world. There is also a strong growing interest from the US market in African grown flowers, due to a structural shortage of flowers from South America. The increased selling of flowers through supermarkets in the USA forces importers to start sourcing on other continents. For this reason several big flower buyers from the USA have already announced to attend next year’s trade show in Addis Ababa.

More info can be found on www.hortifloraexpo.com.

EU and SADC EPA Group negotiators hold Joint Technical Working Group meetings on Market Access.

European Commission and Southern African Development Community (SADC) EPA Group negotiators held meetings of the Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) on Market Access in Brussels from 9 to 11 November 2010.

The SADC EPA Group is negotiating a regional comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU, and has proposed the end of 2010 as the timeline for the conclusion of talks. The JTWG addressed rules of origin, including, in particular, cumulation, administrative cooperation and the specific rules for the fisheries sector. It also discussed market access for agricultural and industrial goods and Technical Barriers to Trade.

Next round of negotiations at Senior Officials’ level is scheduled for 22-23 November 2010 in Maputo, Mozambique.

The SADC EPA Group includes Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. In 2007, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Mozambique initiated an interim EPA with the EU, subsequently signed by Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique in 2009.

Further information on EPAs

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