PIP Phase 2
Full project name
PIP 2 - Phase 2 of the PIP programme - For the sustainable development of the ACP fruit and vegetable sector
Funding (financial partners)
30 million euros
2009 - 2015
To maintain and, where possible, increase the contribution of export horticulture to the alleviation of rural poverty in ACP countries.
Specific goals of PIP2:
Improve the compliance of the supply of ACP horticultural products with European regulatory requirements and market demand (food safety, environmental and social issues)
Secure a lasting improvement in the capacity of all stakeholders in the ACP horticultural sector (operators, intermediary organisations, private and public service providers) to adapt to changing market requirements
(I) Private sector stakeholders in ACP countries and their groupings:
- Producers under contract to exporting companies,
- Organisations of horticultural producers,
- Operators in the downstream sector (packaging unit, exporters, transporters)
- ACP service providers in the field of sanitary quality of horticultural products,
- COLEACP, exporter association and ACP producers and EU importers.
(Ii) Public sector bodies at national and regional level with responsibilities in the area of SPS policy measures, alone or in partnership with the private sector.
The final beneficiaries of the programme will be the above groups to which should be added:
- Indirectly, all ACP horticultural producers and especially small and medium farms,
- Fruit and vegetable consumers in ACP countries,
- European consumers of products imported from ACP.
35 ACP Countries
PIP is a European cooperation programme run by COLEACP. It is funded by the European Union and was implemented at the request of the ACP Group of the States (African, Caribbean and Pacific). A second phase of the programme was launched in October 2009 for a period of five years. Trade in fruit and vegetables is an important factor for economic growth in many countries; PIP helps ACP exports achieve their full potential by allowing producers and exporters to meet EU market requirements. While export horticulture is the main area of intervention of the programme, regional and local markets are also involved, so that ACP consumers also benefit from the positive outcomes of the PIP.
The action of the PIP programme was originally focused on the sanitary compliance of horticultural products exported to the European Union. Little by little this has evolved to support ACP exporters in responding to the qualitative, environmental and social requirements of European buyers and consumers. The support provided by PIP is not only related to market requirements, but the key to corporate social responsibility and wider sustainability of the ACP fruit and vegetable sector.
PIP Phase 1
Full project name
PIP - Quality of ACP fruit and vegetables
Funding (financial partners)
34 million euros
2001 - 2009
The overall goal was to help small and medium sized producers benefit from a lasting and fair strengthening of the competitiveness of the ACP horticultural companies resulting at least in maintaining the value of their market shares in EU imports.
Specifically, PIP aimed to secure the compliance of exported products with the EU regulations, whether in terms of MRLs or the establishment of reliable traceability systems. The aim was to improve the sanitary quality of fresh horticultural products from ACP countries and adapt them to the international standards of importing countries and the growing demands of customers.
- ACP fruit and vegetable export companies
- Professional associations of the ACP sectors concerned
- Cascaded training for small ACP growers
- ACP independent consultants and consulting firms
- ACP laboratories
- ACP public services supporting the sectors
30 ACP Countries
The ACP horticultural sectors represent a diversity of crops and farms. Export production represents only a small share of production but it is strategic: for many family farms, it is the only cash crop - the pursuit of quality for export brings about the modernisation of the entire production and therefore also that earmarked for the local market - it contributes to the intensification and diversification of production and thus improves the profitability of farms - it contributes to the diversification of the diet of the ACP population and to improving the food safety, working and environmental conditions by improving the use of inputs and farming practices.
Europe is the main export market for the ACP fruit and vegetable sectors. Thirty or so ACP countries export to that market. Yet the risk the erosion of ACP market shares is being exacerbated due to new requirements to which the ACP are struggling to adapt because of their dispersed production structure and their more vulnerable socio-economic environment.
Created by the European Union at the request of the ACP Group of States, the Pesticides Initiative Programme (PIP) was launched for a period estimated at 5 years and that was extended to 7. It set out, on the one hand, to enable ACP companies to comply with European requirements for food safety and traceability and, on the other, to consolidate the position of small growers in the ACP horticultural export sector. Positioned as a partner of business, the programme thus provided support at each stage, by informing on the evolution of European legislation but also by helping to respond positively to questions as diverse as the modifications necessary, their cost and the human and financial resources to be mobilised.