Request for Intervention Fit For Market SPS

What is Fit For Market SPS and how can it support you?

  • COLEACP’s FFM SPS programme works to strengthen sanitary and phytosanitary systems in the ACP horticultural sector.
  • It focuses on challenges faced by ACP exporters of fruit and vegetables, particularly in light of the new European Union plant health rules coming into force in 2019 and the changing regulations affecting the use of plant protection products.
  • The programme works to support all actors in fruit and vegetable value chains – producers, support services, national competent authorities and regional economic communities.
  • Support is targeted at upgrading national competent authorities’ SPS capacity and systems through participatory processes with national stakeholder platforms and SPS Committees – processes that also improve these organisations’ ability to represent their members’ views and interests.
  • With a strong link to research, FFM SPS identifies, tests and adapts technologies in the local context, for example in relation to establishing pesticide maximum residue levels (MRLs), applying Good Agricultural Practices, and supporting local registration of new products.
  • The programme disseminates timely updates on decisions, policies and trends that have a potential impact on competitiveness and market access for ACP suppliers; and lobbies regulators, policymakers and standard-setters on behalf of the ACP horticultural sector.
  • In addition, since 2021, the FFM SPS programme complements the FFM programme with the same expected results towards smallholders, farmer groups and MSMEs
  • As a reminder COLEACP’s FFM programme assists smallholders, farmer groups and MSMEs to access international and domestic horticultural markets by complying with market and sanitary/ phytosanitary (SPS) requirements. 
  • At the core of the programmes is sustainable intensification – increasing production while minimising negative impacts on the climate, ecosystems and the productive environment. 
  • Support focuses 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. 

Given the high number of requests for intervention received by COLEACP through the FFM and FFM SPS programmes, COLEACP is of course working to mobilise its technical and financial partners to identify additional resources that will enable responses to the daily requests for support received from private and public stakeholders in the agri-food sector of ACP countries.


To date, close to 400 individual projects with stakeholders from the ACP horticultural sector are being implemented through the FFM SPS programme. All available financial resources have been committed.

New requests for support can be submitted by Q2 2022 via the Fit For Market Plus Programme.