Fit For Market: 215 development projects for the ACP fruit and vegetable sector by end 2017
The Fit For Market (FFM) programme was launched officially in December 2016 and in just six months has received 215 requests for support from thirty African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (see map below).
The majority of requests have come from businesses and producer groups. They cover the fruit and vegetable sector and more precisely support for sustainability of business production and management systems, social standards or sanitary and phytosanitary compliance.
All these requests are being analysed by the experts in the COLEACP team. Each project is processed per country under the responsibility of geographical coordinators. After every analysis, they prepare an action plan with the beneficiary in question, which will become an individualised development project over a one- to three-year period.
FFM is thus entering a new phase of preparing actions in the field that will mobilise the team for the next few months. As the requests for intervention reaching COLEACP are not stopping for all that, a second wave of action plan preparation is already planned for the beginning of 2018.