Successful collaboration with CABI

In 2020, COLEACP and CABI signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on key areas of interest concerning SPS measures around the world.
The collaboration, which ultimately aims to benefit food security among countries within the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, includes work on regulations and standards; technical assistance in the implementation of SPS measures; capacity assessment, training and e-learning; research and innovation on ways to manage SPS risks; and information sharing and communication materials for different stakeholders.

This successful collaboration is ongoing. In 2022, COLEACP and CABI are proposing the joint development of a comprehensive Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) digital learning package designed primarily for National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) staff in developing countries. This will bring together their combined experience in the delivery of PRA training and digital learning and incorporate elements of the CABI PRA Tool. The objective is to equip NPPOs with the knowledge and skills they need to manage and implement pest risk assessment according to ISPM 11 and to receive any necessary follow-up support to enable them to successfully develop national or regional quarantine pest lists.

Some of CABI’s recent work is showcased in the 2021 Annual Report, which features the CABI BioProtection Portal. This unique resource provides growers and plant health advisors with valuable information about biocontrol and biopesticide products.

This activity is supported by the Fit For Market SPS programme, implemented by COLEACP within the Framework of Development Cooperation between the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the European Union.