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Global Good Agricultural Practices

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GLOBALG.A.P.
(Global Good Agricultural Practices) is the internationally recognized standard
for farm production. These are the principles applied to
on-farm production and post production processes that ensure the quality of
agricultural products for consumers. These principles are formulated by
the Global GAP organization whose certification bodies certifies the farms on
local level.

GLOBALG.A.P. Certification covers:

Food safety and traceability

Environment (including biodiversity)

Workers’ health, safety and welfare

Animal welfare

Includes Integrated Crop Management (ICM), Integrated Pest
Control (IPC), 
Quality Management System (QMS), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control
Points (HACCP)

Our standard demands, among other things, greater efficiency
in production. It improves business performance and reduces waste of vital
resources. It also requires a general approach to farming that builds in best
practices for generations to come.

History:

Global G.A.P. was started in 1997 as EUROPGAP by British
retailers working together with supermarkets across Europe. It was started to
address the consumers’ concerns regarding product safety, environmental impact
and the health. Hence, they developed an independent certification system to
harmonize their own standards and procedures for Good Agricultural Practices
(G.A.P.).

The EUROPGAP helped the producers to maintain the criteria
for food safety and sustainable production in the whole Europe. Harmonized
certification also helped the producers, as it saved them from several audits
every year.

Over the next ten years the process spread all over the world
due to globalization. The European organization got global significance because
a great number of producers and retailers joined in. EUROPGAP changed its name
to GLOBALG.A.P. in 2007 to reflect its global reach.

GLOBALG.A.P. today is
the world’s leading farm assurance program, ensuring quality of farm
products currently working in more than 120 countries.

GLOBALG.A.P.
Certification Process

GLOBALG.A.P. relies on independent third-party certification.
Certificates are issued by GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies (CBs),
who inspect farms and update online database. These accredited certification
bodies issue GLOBALG.A.P. Certificates to producers who have successfully
implemented the GLOBALG.A.P. Standards.

Currently, GLOBALG.A.P. is working with 154 independent and
accredited CBs to carry out GLOBALG.A.P. Certification worldwide. These CBs
conduct both announced and unannounced onsite farm inspections and audits
throughout the year.

CBs can only be accredited by accreditation bodies (ABs) that
have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GLOBALG.A.P.

The
GLOBALG.A.P. Standard Setting:

GLOBALG.A.P. interact with all the stake holders including
producers, retailers and consumers to build standards that can be verified and
used to due diligence. This GLOBALG.A.P. policy applies to all standard
development activities and services. It is a guidance for decision-making and
the strategic alignment of GLOBALG.A.P. Standards or any related issues.

Participation

Standard setting can only be sufficiently comprehensive if
all the relevant stakeholders are involved. Reasonable opportunities are
provided to the public as well as relevant stakeholder groups to participate in
governance, assurance and monitoring and/or evaluation of the standard.

Scientific and Expert Basis

Scientific studies, as well other relevant international
norms or sector-specific standards are considered. Experts in specific areas
are invited to collaborate with regard to the contents of the standard.

Harmonization
and Diversity

We are actively involved in the harmonization of standards
and provide and facilitate a benchmarking process through which
standards that are in line with the vision and objectives of our GLOBALG.A.P.
Standards are evaluated for equivalence. Before developing a standard, we
evaluate other existing standards to see if a mutual cooperation between
schemes is possible.

Standard setting is based on balanced and representative
groups of stakeholders (e.g. Technical and focus groups) and
the inclusion of open public discussion options. Where feasible and necessary,
standards are adapted to local conditions.

Continuous Improvement

We are strongly committed to ensuring consistent delivery and
implementation of our standards worldwide. Feedback mechanisms are included in
standard development and serve the ongoing improvement of the GLOBALG.A.P. System
in all its aspects.

We are committed to understanding the latest developments in
agriculture as well as aquaculture and to adapting our standards accordingly so
that stakeholders are able to comply in a harmonized manner at an international
level.

We promote transparency and integrity throughout the entire
standard-setting process. Criteria must be clear and avoid any
misinterpretations (this concerns the official English version as well as the
respective translations). Criteria must be verified for their credibility and
ability to be audited by accredited third-party certification bodies.

 

Cultivating
the Future of the Planet

GLOBALG.A.P. is the internationally recognized standard for
farm production. Our core product is the result of years of intensive research
and collaboration with industry experts, producers and retailers around the
globe. Our goal is safe and sustainable agricultural production to benefit
farmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world.

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