Fit For Market SPS

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Full project name

FIT FOR MARKET - Strengthening sanitary and phytosanitary systems of the ACP horticultural sector (FFM-SPS)

Funding (financial partners)

European Union at the request of the ACP group of states

Budget

15 million euros

Period 

2019 – 2022 (4 years)

Goal

The overall objective of the proposal is to reduce poverty, improve food security and food safety, and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth by strengthening the agri-food export sector in ACP countries.

The specific objective is to enable smallholders, farmer groups and organisations, and MSMEs to access international and domestic horticultural markets by complying with SPS issues and market requirements, in a sustainable framework.

Beneficiaries

Direct beneficiaries

Target operators, which include:

  • Horticultural MSMEs (including outgrowers, brokers/intermediaries and transporters linked to the value chain in formal markets) ;
  • Farmer groups/cooperatives (hereby referred to as farmer groups) ;
  • Smallholders linked to formal markets.

Support services, which include:

  • Consultants and consultancy companies ;
  • Farmer organisations/associations (with a representative function; hereby referred to as farmer organisations) ;
  • Professional associations ;
  • Training centres (technical and educational institutions; universities) ;
  • Certification bodies, auditors ;
  • Smallholders support structures such as NGO, public or private extension services, local support programmes for small producers, … ;
  • National/Regional Technical Working Groups.

Competent authorities

Regional Economic Communities (RECs)

Indirect beneficiaries include local and EU purchasing and retail companies (stimulating investments); local and EU consumers, and rural communities.

Target Countries

ACP countries

Short presentation

The FFM SPS programme forms part of the Intra-ACP indicative programme (2014-2020) of cooperation between the European Union and the ACP Group of States, with funding from the 11th EDF, in the focal area of support for medium and long-term policies to build productive capacity, inspire innovation, and enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of the private sector.

COLEACP’s Fit For Market Sanitary and Phytosanitary (FFM SPS) programme is working to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of ACP horticultural value chains by enabling smallholders, farmer groups and organisations, and MSMEs to access international and domestic horticultural markets by complying with SPS issues and market requirements. FFM SPS is supported by the framework of COLEACP’s Sustainability Programme, which 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.

Key deliverables:

R.1. Capacities of smallholders, farmer groups and organisations, and horticultural MSMEs to access local and international markets are strengthened by complying with SPS measures and other market requirements

R.2. Smallholders, farmer groups and organisations, and horticultural MSMEs have the business skills and tools to be efficient, profitable and inclusive.

R.3. Linkages between smallholders, farmer groups and organisations, and horticultural MSMEs are reinforced.

R.4. Conditions for market access and competitiveness in ACP horticultural value chains are monitored and ACP interests are represented.

R.5. Competent authorities have an enhanced capacity to support the horticultural sector, ensuring management and enforcement of SPS standards

R.6. Technical innovation and research brokerage generate the knowledge and technologies needed to supply safe and quality horticultural produce in line with regulations and standards