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 RWANDA

STRATEGY

COLEACP’s strategy in Rwanda is based on the current situation of the country’s horticultural sector, feedback from a mission in June 2018 and January 2020, and requests for support received to date. The strategy has the following objectives.

  • Support companies that are already on the export market to help them comply with food safety and sustainability requirements and standards.
  • Support producers selling on local and regional markets to help them comply with requirements, mainly regarding food safety issues.
  • Support companies, including processors, to become more competitive through reviewing and advising on their management practices.
  • Support the establishment of a qualified expertise able to support the horticulture sector comply with the markets requirements
  • Support the Competent Authorities to implement a national food safety system and comply with EU sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements, with a focus on the new EU plant health regulation.

Since the beginning of the FFM and FFM-SPS programmes, COLEACP received 8 application for support which led to the signature of 4 action plans with exporting companies.

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PARTNERSHIPS

Developing partnerships enables more efficient use of funds and is also a way of answering requests for support that are beyond COLEACP’s framework.

Operational partnerships have not yet been initiated in Rwanda, but contacts have been made with TradeMark East Africa, ENABEL (the Belgian development agency), Send a Cow, the Netherlands Embassy (Hortinverst), ITC (Markup programme) and IDH. A new programme supporting the horticultural sector, financed by the EU and implemented by OXFAM and TearFund, is shortly starting. COLEACP will link to this programme in order to ensure complementary support.

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