This was GLOBALG.A.P.’s first appearance at a Dutch trade fair. GLOBALG.A.P.’s new flagship Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard version 6 for flowers and ornamentals is a smarter, streamlined, and more intuitive standard dedicated to the floriculture sector. The Impact-Driven Approach to Sustainability (IDA) add-on complements the standard and allows producers to collect, process, and store environmental sustainability data for continuous improvements. In the area of B2C, the cross-category GGN label has performed well in the floriculture sector. The label grew even more impactful with the launch of the new “fruit and vegetable plants in pots” category at Trade Fair Aalsmeer.
The event was the first opportunity for GLOBALG.A.P. to present the new and improved flagship standard– IFA v6 – to the floriculture sector. As of September 2022, globally over 39,000 hectares of noncovered crops and 12,000 hectares of covered crops already implement IFA certified production processes. Reflecting growing market demands and the need for a dedicated floriculture standard, IFA v6 is simpler and more focused, supporting safer and more sustainable farming practices throughout the entire production process. It builds on GLOBALG.A.P.’s familiar holistic approach with new and upgraded principles and criteria in the key areas of environmental sustainability and workers’ well-being.
Juan Carlos Isaza, GLOBALG.A.P.’s Senior Technical Expert in Floriculture, mentioned some of the advantages of the newly improved standard:
“The IFA v6 certificate for flowers and ornamentals reflects floriculture and ornamental production that avoids nutrient pollution of water and soil, works towards minimising greenhouse gas emissions, optimises the use of water sources, cares for the health and safety of workers, enhances biodiversity where feasible, and enforces recordkeeping and data-based management.”