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GLOBALG.A.P. enters the future of farm certification

At its Amsterdam summit on September 27, GLOBALG.A.P. celebrated 20 years of global partnership and set the course for the future of farm certification

The GLOBALGAP biannual summit took place in Amsterdam September 27-28, attracting 400 delegates from 57 countries.

The event was an opportunity to look back on what has been achieved so far and set the course for the challenges that lie ahead due to the digital transformation of the agribusiness and food sector, and the need for more transparency for consumers and governments, the organisation said in a press release.

First product with consumer label on German retail shelves

With its rainbow trout by the brand Sea Pride, the specialist food trader Clama presented the first product in the German market with the new GGN.ORG consumer label, which is listed in the web site http://ggn.org/en/.

The label includes the GGN (the unique GLOBALG.A.P. number), which consumers can use on the site to learn about the farm of origin of the frozen trout through an individual farm profile.

Clama CEO Martin Hofstede was one of the initial supporters of the idea with GLOBALG.A.P. “Today the majority of consumers expect a product to meet high social, environmental and ethical standards, even for the mass market.”

“The GLOBALG.A.P. standard is undisputed in the B2B area and in this respect a GGN label is logical and very welcome in communicating this quality to the consumer,” he said at the SEG 2016 in Brussels.

Consumers can now buy the first products from aquaculture with GGN just 4 months after the initial presentation of the concept in Brussels. This is good news on the path towards more transparency and sustainability in aquaculture.

Adoption of greenfence platform technology

GLOBALG.A.P. announced the introduction of the novel platform technology, and greenfence representatives explained to delegates how their platform adds efficiencies and value for farmers, improves transparency and data access for buyers throughout the food supply chain, and benefits certification bodies during GLOBALG.A.P. audits.

This move revolutionises GLOBALG.A.P.’s ability to offer services around farm assurance and certification that will add efficiencies and value for farmers, and improve transparency and data access for buyers throughout the food supply chain.

Support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations

GLOBALG.A.P. already incorporates a number of practices in line with the SDGs.

On September 26, the GLOBALG.A.P. Board decided to formally visualise its current alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

Contributing to the SDGs is a collaborative effort, which is also part of GLOBALG.A.P.’s principles, and working towards GLOBALG.A.P. certification is already an important milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

For the first time, all summit delegates had the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint of their journey to the summit with carbon credits sponsored by the Gold Standard.

“As a global organisation, GLOBALG.A.P. is aware of the impact of all our activities and thank the Gold Standard for this collaboration,” GLOBALG.A.P. CEO Kristian Moeller said on the eve of the summit.

Young academics awarded for research efforts

GLOBALG.A.P. invited young researchers to submit original and/or relevant research pieces on subjects related to Good Agricultural Practices for presentation in the form of a poster at the 2016 GLOBALG.A.P. Summit.

A total of 37 abstracts were submitted from 26 universities in 21 countries around the world, underlining the truly global reach of the GLOBALG.A.P. Young Academics Award.

The winning piece, “Assessment of irrigation water quality and microbiological safety of leafy greens at GLOBALG.A.P. and non-GLOBAL.G.A.P. certified production systems,” was submitted by Gape Jongman from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

As the finalist, Jongman was invited to the summit, where he was able to present his research.

GLOBALG.A.P. Good Agricultural Practice awards

The G.A.P. Awards recognise producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles.

This year´s awards went to:

  • Ranadi Plantation Partnership from Fiji,
  • Varcli Pinares S.A. from Costa Rica,
  • Muviwapasi Association c/o Africado Ltd. from Tanzania,
  • Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School from Japan.

GLOBALG.A.P.’s Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Richard Yudin, Fyffes plc, and Willem Hofmans, Ahold Delhaize, for their unceasing efforts in the area of Good Agricultural Practices in the past decades.

The National Technical Working Group Award went to the Netherlands for their efforts to help adopt GLOBALG.A.P.’s universal standard on a local scale.

 

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First keynote speakers for GLOBALG.A.P. Summit 2016 announced

GLOBALG.A.P. is pleased to announce that Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, member of the Dutch Royal Family, will officially open the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT on 27 September 2016 in Amsterdam.

GLOBALG.A.P. has announced that Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje-Nassau, member of the Dutch Royal Family, will officially open the GLOBALG.A.P. Summit on 27 September 2016 in Amsterdam.

And the following keynote speakers will be sharing their expertise in open plenary sessions:

  • Adjiedj Bakas – Keynote Speaker in the Opening Session (Bakas is a trendwatcher and futurologist.)
  • Prof. Dr. Arie Havelaar – Keynote Speaker in the Session: How to Stay Ahead of Food Safety Risks? (Havelaar is the mathematician behind the Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) method, which measures overall disease burden.)

GLOBALG.A.P. also said it will hold a press conference on September 27 at 5.30pm, and announced that two farm visits have been organised for September 29 for those interested in seeing the benefits of GLOBALG.A.P. on-farm implementation.

For more information, visit: www.summit2016.org.

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G.A.P. awards 2016 – calling all producers!

The G.A.P. Awards honour GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles and the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices.

Announcing the fourth edition of the GLOBALG.A.P. Good Agricultural Practices Award.

Initiated in 2012, the G.A.P. Awards honour GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles and the implementation of Good Agricultural Practices. It also offers GLOBALG.A.P. certified farmers an excellent opportunity to showcase their achievements and gain worldwide industry recognition for their efforts.

The G.A.P. Awards 2016 will focus on the following three categories:

1.     Talent for Agriculture, Women and Youth

2.     Water Management

3.     Integration of Smallholders

which will be assessed on the following criteria:

•       Traceability – IT/Transparency Usage

•       Push for Partnerships/Co-operations (public, private, etc.)

•       Innovative Practices/Technologies

•       Economic Aspect/Created Value

•       Passion and Powerful Story

The G.A.P. Awards 2016 is open to all GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard certified farmers and farmer groups, as well as any programs involving one or more certified farmers.

All the winners will receive:

•       A ticket to the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2016 in Amsterdam, including travel and accommodation costs for one person

•       A G.A.P. Awards 2016 Trophy

•       A G.A.P. Awards 2016 Winner Certificate

•       A G.A.P. Awards 2016 Winners Seal for their communication, emails, website

Deadline: 30 June 2016.  

For application criteria and information, go to www.globalgap.org/gapawards2016