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WHY JOIN US AS A MEMBER?

Benefit from services that are useful for the sustainability of your company and the agricultural sectors in which you work.

Share your difficulties and find with us the solutions and means to develop your business in a sustainable way.

Join a think tank for debate and exchange on public policies and the private sector in terms of sustainable development and the modernisation of European, ACP and African agriculture – a group that takes into account SMEs and small producers alongside multinationals, not just as beneficiaries but as full partners.

Influence the international scene by focusing on the balance of power within increasingly globalised food value chains, which tends to favour large companies and the players furthest down the chain.

Give more meaning to your action – and ours – by defending our values and vision through the promotion of inclusive and sustainable agriculture, and contribute to the eradication of poverty and the improvement of resilience and food security in which local SMEs play an important role.

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WHEN WAS COLEACP FIRST ESTABLISHED?

1973

WHAT IS COLEACP'S STATUS?

A non-profit organisation (under French law - 1901)

HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES COLEACP HAVE?

488 (March 2021)

DOES COLEACP HAVE OFFICES IN ACP COUNTRIES?

Since 2020, COLEACP has an office in East Africa, in Kenya (Nairobi).
At a more global level, COLEACP has 14 national relays in ACP countries and four national programme coordinators. COLEACP also works with a network of over 1,000 local consultants.

COLEACP also has offices in Brussels and Paris-Rungis (the association's historical headquarters).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN COLEACP?

150 euros/year.
The membership fee is relatively low because:
COLEACP's services are mainly financed by subsidies.
The membership fee should not be a barrier to membership for smaller producer organisations or ACP companies.

WHAT TYPES OF MEMBERS DOES COLEACP ATTRACT?

The association has two types of members: active members and associate members. When applying for membership, applicants are eligible for one of the two categories, depending on the nature of their activities.

HOW IS COLEACP ADMINISTERED?

The sovereign body of COLEACP is its General Assembly. The General Assembly is composed of all the members of the association. However, only active members who have paid their membership fees have the right to vote at these meetings. COLEACP is managed by a Board of Directors composed of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 members, half from ACP countries and half from EU countries.

Directors are elected by the General Assembly for a period of three years. Directors are not remunerated.
The Board meets as often as the interests of COLEACP require, and at least twice a year.

The Board elects from among its members a Bureau composed of a President, a Vice-President (from an EU country if the President is from an ACP country, and vice versa), a Secretary General and a Treasurer.

The Board of Directors delegates the execution of activity programmes and budgets to a permanent structure, the General Delegation, headed by a General Delegate appointed by the Board of Directors and necessarily chosen from outside its members.

The Ordinary General Assembly is convened by the Chairman of the Board of Directors each year, at the latest six months after the end of the financial year. The Extraordinary General Assembly is convened by the Board of Directors or at the request of two thirds of the active members of the Committee.

WHICH INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIRS DOES COLEACP ATTEND?

In the fruit and vegetable sector:

Every year, COLEACP participates in several trade fairs, Fruit Logistica (Berlin, Germany) and Biofach (Nuremberg, Germany) at the beginning of February, but also MacFrut (Rimini, Italy) and Fruit Attraction (Madrid, Spain).

Occasionally, COLEACP participates in EU-ACP business forums either in Europe or in ACP countries.

In the field of development cooperation.

COLEACP is regularly represented at international meetings and events in the field of agriculture and development cooperation, but also within international standardisation bodies (Codex Alimentarius, UNECE, OECD).