The first step to design an action plan and benefit from programme support is to send to COLEACP an application for support by filling in the questionnaire which best suits the type of organisation you represent.

COLEACP designs and manages development programmes in the agriculture and food sector (mainly in Africa, Carribean and Pacific States – ACP), funded by donors, mainly the European Union and the Organisation of ACP States (OACPS). COLEACP also contributes to programmes implemented or co-financed by other donors, including the French Development Agency (AFD), the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), ENABEL (the Belgian Development Agency), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

All programmes aim at increasing the contribution of agri-food value chains to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular in terms of poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition and environmental protection.

COLEACP has developed an operational system of technical assistance and vocational training which is mobilised in the framework of these programmes. Action plans designed with all types of actors in the agri-food sector (focusing on fruit and vegetable value chains) cover a wide range of topics, including sustainable production and trade; plant health; food safety; food production and processing; social accountability and empowerment; environmental management; business management and development; and training methodologies.


To apply for support, please choose from the following partner-beneficiaries categories the one that best fits your structure/organisation.

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If you don’t recognise your entity in these categories (such as, for example, research institutions or standard setting bodies), please contact and send us a short description of your activities.

More information on the partner-beneficiaries categories

As “partner beneficiaries”, the following categories of organisations based in member countries of the Organisation of ACP States (OACPS) are identified for the applications for support:

  1. Horticultural1 companies which include horticultural MSMEs (including farmer groups/cooperatives) producing and/or packing and/or processing and/or selling horticultural produce to domestic, regional and/or international markets.
  2. Service providers which include consultants (such as, for example, trainers and experts) and consultancy companies; and certification bodies active in the horticultural sector.
  3. Training institutions which include agricultural technical and vocational training institutions and universities;
  4. Business membership organisations which include professional organisations with members from the horticultural sector, for example exporters associations, national horticulture stakeholder associations,…
  5. Smallholder support structures which include NGOs, public or private extension services, local support programmes for smallholders and farmer organisations/associations with a representative function, active in horticultural and/or plant-based agrifood value chains2
  6. Competent authorities for horticultural and/or plant-based agrifood value chains on sanitary and phytosanitary matterds at national/regional level, including official controls, who develop and implement SPS policies, regulations and, more generally, national/regional SPS strategies and national/regional SPS Committees and/or public-private stakeholder platforms

If you don’t recognise your entity in these categories (such as, for example, research institutions or standard setting bodies), please contact and send us a short description of your activities.

1 “Horticulture” regroups the value chains corresponding to the following Harmonised System codes: vegetables (chapter 07), fruit (Chapter 08), spices (Chapter 09 from 0904 to 0910), oils (chapter 15, 1509 and 1510 for olive oil, 1513 coconut oil), processed fruit & vegetables (Chapter 20), and aromatic herbs (classified as vegetables, or spices or plants). It should be noted that the scope of the programme support can cover indirectly plant-based agri-food value chains.

2Given the similar nature of issues in terms of SPS compliance and sustainability faced by other plant-based agri-food value chains (e.g. Flowers and Plants value chains) compared to Fruit and Vegetable value chains, and, in some cases, given the interrelations between operators from different value chains (e.g. public sector inspectors, MSMEs, BMOs, support services to smallholders), the programme foresees the possibility to “indirectly” support other plant-based agrifood value chains through intermediary bodies such as competent authorities, business membership organisations (BMOs), or smallhoder support structures in member countries of the OACPS. Indirectly refers mainly to the production and dissemination of information, technical and training materials developed for the horticultural sector and which are relevant to other plant-based agri-food value chains.

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