Name Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School
GGN 4056186440631 Website http://www.goshogawara-ah.asn.ed.jp/
Country Japan

Profile

Goshogawara Agriculture and Forestry High School, which was founded in 1902, is an agricultural high school with around 500 male and female students between the ages of 16 and 18. The school’s apple orchard is 1.6ha and produces approximately 10t of apples of more than 10 varieties including Fuji and Jonathan.
Located in the north of Japan, Aomori Prefecture has a long apple-producing history of more than 140 years and this area produces approximately 50% (470,000t) of domestically grown apples. However, due to the decrease in and ageing of the country’s population, Japan’s agricultural working population has reduced by 62% (2,090,000 people) in 10 years and its average age was over 66 in 2015. Aomori is not an exception.
In order for the younger generations to access the global market for apple production, it is indispensable to learn about GLOBAL G.A.P. and expand their perspective in the global agribusiness. When we invited the pioneer of GLOBAL G.A.P. certified in Japan and held a lecture meeting, 15 students announced that they wanted to acquire GLOBAL G.A.P. certification, thus their challenge was launched.

Achievements

Actions Initiated by High School Students and Their Effects
15 high school students launched this project. These students are all 16 or 17 years old and the group includes 5 female students. All the students are very ambitious when it comes to producing apples. The students created a team to represent themselves and took up the challenge to obtain certification. They regularly inspected the orchard, had frequent discussions, made progress with preparing for risk management and digitalization and incorporated a framework of traceability in over 10 sales points for the school apples. The students answered the judges’ questions and, in 2015, the school was the first in Japan to receive GLOBALG.A.P. certification for its apple orchard.
The reaction was extensive and the news was picked up by major Japanese news outlets such as the Asahi, Mainichi, and Sankei newspapers as well as the state television broadcaster, NHK. In addition, our achievement led the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to start a nation-wide effort to promote GLOBALG.A.P. education in high school.

Introduction to The High School Education System
Our school has incorporated GLOBALG.A.P. into its curriculum, so students can learn about and practice GLOBAL G.A.P. at our school orchards. After graduation, they will use this knowledge and experience across the country in their duties as producers or in agriculture-related organizations and companies. Through this process, the GLOBALG.A.P. System allows our school to send about 170 world-standard graduates into Japanese agriculture each year.
Furthermore, we are currently developing an education programme that supports the acquisition of certification with IT in joint collaboration with the major IT company, NEC. This program will prepare students and instructors in urban and rural locations for GLOBALG.A.P. certification through individualized training. These students will learn GLOBALG.A.P. while having fun with the technology in their daily lives.

Creation of New Values
The initiative to acquire GLOBAL G.A.P. certification for the school started with 15 students and now, each year, 170 students graduate with GLOBAL G.A.P. knowledge and experience. Through the IT education programme, we aim to expand this success throughout Japan. In order to advance our GLOBAL G.A.P. education to this next level, our school is applying for GLOBAL G.A.P. certification for its rice fields and orchards. The school plans to publish images of the inspection for local and prefectural high schools, producers and administrators.
We believe that Japanese agriculture can strongly benefit the world market. A GLOBAL G.A.P. education can provide younger generations with the resources to achieve international influence.