Overall project value

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No of staff provided

Name of client

Origin of funding

Dates (start/end)

ACP (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific) countries

Value of services provided: EUR 126,810 (total FWC value: EUR 2.8 M)


10 short-term experts

COLEACP (Europe-ACP Liaison Committee)/ EDES Programme


03/2012 – 06/2014

Detailed description of project

Type of services provided

The COLEACP (Europe-ACP Liaison Committee), in cooperation with a consortium of European institutions specialised in food safety, was given the task of implementing the EDES Programme by the European Union. The Programme is being implemented at the request of the ACP Group of States (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific). The overall objective of the EDES Programme is to help achieve a sustainable flow of food products of animal and plant origin towards the EU or within ACP regions. More specifically, ACP countries are to be enabled to meet new EU food safety (SPS) regulations for their products in order to keep exports to EU markets at a steady level. The sectors concerned are, for example: cacao, fish (frozen and processed), fruit & vegetables, coffee, tea, crustaceans & molluscs, walnuts, meat, spices.

EDES provide capacity-building activities, among others, through training, technical assistance, facilitation and coaching. In order to support the implementation of its activities, the EDES programme calls upon external consultants through a framework contract. BKP Development has been contracted on the following lots of the EDES framework contract to provide expertise through short term expertise:

  • Food safety training: support the EDES Training Unit in developing and implementing training courses, as well as training tools and methods;

  • Private sector development in food safety: developing the managerial and technical capacities of (i) professional organisations in SPS issues; (ii) small-scale producer support associations and organisations in beneficiary ACP countries in SPS issues; (iii) consumers associations in SPS issues;

  • Analysts: assisting the EDES PIU in drawing up memoranda of agreement; technical follow-up of the implementation of the actions set out in the MoA between the beneficiaries and EDES; participating in the evaluation of the technical facets of the MoA; assisting the EDES PIU in specific matters relating to the management of certain cross-sector fields;

  • Official controls: analyse the strengths and weaknesses (i) in programming of the control plan and participate in strengthening it; (ii) in the planning of controls and participate in strengthening it; (iii) in the execution of controls and participate in strengthening it at the level of inspections and audits in companies; (iv) in the monitoring plans both for animals and for plants and to participate in strengthening these plans; (v) in the establishments' certification schemes and the relevant controls and participate in strengthening them; (vi) in the plans to authorise the placing on the market of veterinary medicinal products (VMP) and plant protection products (PPP), and their distribution (wholesale, retail), and participate in strengthening them; (vii) of residue plans and participate in strengthening them; (viii) of border controls (for both imports and exports) and participate in strengthening them;

  • Facilitators: facilitate relations with various stakeholders in the public and private sectors; promote the EDES programme at events relating to the EDES field of action; help the EDES PIU ensure the coherence of the Programme’s action with other projects and programmes whose objectives relate totally or partially to food safety; monitor the performance of the MoA; assist the EDES PIU in evaluating the MoA; help prepare and organise EDES missions: making and organising appointments, logistic support, contact with the stakeholders needed to ensure the success of the mission, and so on; moderate and facilitate consultations in public/private platforms, managing working groups set up in the context of EDES activities;

  • Laboratories: improve the services offered by laboratories and their analytical capacity, at both the national/regional level and for individual laboratories, through technical assistance, training and twinning. The issue at stake is to assist the laboratories concerned in their process towards certification under standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The specific missions implemented by BKP were:

  • Drafting of technical handbooks and case studies on (i) quality management, (ii) business planning for laboratories, (iii) laboratory organisation, (iv) metrology and management of measurement chain, (v) risk communication in food outbreaks, (vi) traceability of animal products, (vii) packaging and labelling, (viii) procedures for inspection and audit, (ix) inspection reports, (x) procedure manuals for the implementation of control plans, (xi) import/export controls, and (xii) accreditation/delegation of official controls;

  • Delivery of training programmes on health risk assessments, official control, and the role of laboratories in food safety, in Ghana, Kenya and Senegal;

  • Training of trainers of English speaking ACP countries on official controls.

  • Training and capacity building in SPS;

  • Development of training manuals and handbooks;

  • Technical assistance;

  • Institutional building;

  • Legal drafting.