Fit For Market: 300 requests for support
The Fit For Market (FFM) programme was launched officially in December 2016 and in just one year has received 300 requests for support from thirty African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (see map below).
The largest number of requests (167 out of 300) come from horticultural micro, small, and medium enterprises (142 requests) and producer farmer groups/cooperatives (25).
Support services have sent 124 requests, mainly consultants and consultancy companies (51). Other requests come from : Farmer and professional organisations/associations (37), Smallholders support structures such as NGO (22), Training centres (7), National/Regional Technical Working Groups (2), certification bodies (2).
Nine requests for support have been received from the competent authorities (9).
The requests cover the fruit and vegetable sector and with a focus on support to strengthen sustainability of business production and management systems, social standards or sanitary and phytosanitary compliance.