COLEACP APPROACH

10 INTERVENTION PRINCIPLES

Local appropriation

No substitution of local stakeholders

Investment in local expertise and human resources

Pooling of problems and solutions / Economies of scale

Demand-driven intervention / Cost sharing

Participatory approach

South-South cooperation

Export as factor of modernization

Structured relationship between local value chain operators

Cross-cutting focus on youth and gender

A SUSTAINABILITY APPROACH BASED ON 3 PILLARS: CHARTER, TRAINING AND SELF-ASSESSMENT

This provides a simple framework for continuous improvement, focusing 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. It consists of three central elements:

COLEACP APPROACH IN THE GAMBIA

Support strategy

COLEACP’s strategy for working with The Gambia is based on the current situation of the country’s horticultural sector, feedback from missions in March 2018 and July 2019, and requests for support received to date. The main objectives of the strategy are as follows.

  • Support companies that are already on the export market to:
    • comply with new requirements and standards;
    • apply the pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest practices to avoid contamination of mango and capsicum export lots with harmful organisms (as described in the dossiers transmitted to the EU);
    • implement sustainable practices, for example soil management, water management, social practices;
    • set-up internal training systems to facilitate continuous capacity building of staff.
  • Support producers to comply with the requirements of local and regional markets, with a major focus on high-end markets (e.g. tourism). Topics will include (among others):
    • technical and financial analysis of clients’ requirements (business model analysis);
    • basic food safety issues;
    • quality of horticultural produce;
    • crop protection, integrated pest management;
    • risk analysis.
    • Build capacities of national service providers and experts in terms of food safety (as a priority).
    • Inform and build capacities of the competent authorities in line with the EU requirements (MRL, quarantine pests) and with the new EU regulation on plant health. In July 2019, a workshop was carried out with the NPPO in order to identify the needs of the competent authority in the area of SPS. This workshop took place following the reception of an application for support from the NPPO.
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Partnerships

Developing partnerships is a way to guarantee efficient use of funds and non-duplication, it’s also a way providing a response to the request for types of support which are beyond COLEACP’s framework and current remit. The activities planned in The Gambia will be organized in close collaboration with GIEPA (Gambia Investment and Export promotion Agency) which mission is “To promote a conducive environment, attract investments, develop exports and support businesses with the overriding objective of contributing towards employment creation and wealth generation.”

COLEACP is also collaborating with FAO in activities aimed at strengthening capacities of existing agricultural producers/SMEs with special focus on the needs of fresh fruit and vegetable growers/producers and exporters from The Gambia. A common mission was conducted in February 2019 to:

  • develop additional exporting capabilities in the private sector
  • access to local high-end markets such as tourism industry and supermarkets
  • link producers with the exporting companies in the Gambia or in the region.

FAO and COLEACP will use these recommendations of this mission to orientate their respective support to the horticultural sector through their programme “Agriculture for Economic growth” (FAO) and “Fit For Market” programme (COLEACP).

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