Producers, retailers and trading companies around the world are increasingly under pressure from the public and the media when it comes to risks and issues related to the sustainability of fresh produce supply chains. This pressure will increase in the future, which is why finding a solution is more important than ever. GLOBAL G.A.P. invites visitors and exhibitors to stop by at the organization's stand at Fruit Attraction, in order to discuss how GLOBAL G.A.P. can help them master the challenges of more sustainability in their business.
GLOBAL G.A.P. has developed a set of standards to help fresh produce stakeholders address sustainability challenges such as: social issues, the use of water or coping with the TR4 fungus, which leads to diseases in bananas. The standards have been designed to build on the existing GLOBAL G.A.P. system to establish a system that meets market needs for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.), food safety and traceability.
"Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues and traceability are key concerns of GLOBAL G.A.P. Given these high demands, we would like to invite all stakeholders to discuss possible solutions to these issues and to help address future challenges. The GLOBAL G.A.P. standard can help and be useful in many ways," says Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBAL G.A.P..
GRASP: GLOBAL G.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice
This is a voluntary, immediate-use add-on module, designed to assess social criteria on farms. It deals with specific aspects of occupational safety, health and social issues of workers. 74% of all GLOBAL G.A.P. certified growers in Spain have received a GRASP certification, an increase of 57% since August 2017. The largest share and the highest number of GRASP-evaluated producers are found in Spain and Italy.
TR4 biosecurity instrument
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense - Tropical Race 4 (TR4), also known as "Foc 4" or "Panama Disease", is currently the main threat to the banana industry. The biosecurity instrument provides farms with a risk reduction plan that can be used to reduce risks and prevent the introduction (and/or further spread) of the TR4 pathogen.
The SPRING program is equally open to growers, traders and food retailers who want to clarify and demonstrate their efforts towards sustainable water management within agriculture.