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Monday, 06 December 2010

Strengtehning Food safety systems in ACP

EDES is a EU-ACP programme funded to the tune of 29,5m € under the 9th EDF within a global framework of support to poverty reduction through economic empowerment.
Its implementation over a 2010-2014 period has been entrusted to a consortium of European food safety agencies led by the COLEACP.  Located in Brussels alongside the PIP which is also implemented by the COLEACP, EDES aims at building on the experience of the PIP in ACP horticulture and, on others in the SPS domain, to support activities leading to the strengthening of food safety systems throughout the ACP countries.Exports of food products are of increasing importance for a number of ACP countries. Many have long standing trade links with Europe and are signatories of the Cotonou Agreement. EU regulations on food safety have undergone important changes in recent years following in particular the coming into force of EC Regulation 882/2004. It requires from third countries sanitary and phytosanitary control systems that are équivalent to European standards. The EDES Programme has been designed to assist ACP countries in adjusting to this and strengthening their national SPS systems so as to ensure and enlarge access into the EU of their products, while participating at large into regional and international food trade. Thus, EDES contributes to poverty alleviation. The support of EDES to small producer organizations actively engaged in export sectors aims at mainstreaming them by building their capacity at producing safe food for local, regional or international consumers.