On 18 May 2017, GLOBALG.A.P. made a stop on its global tour to promote good agricultural practices in one of the world’s most densely populated cities and countries: Dhaka/Bangladesh. The event was organized together with the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and facilitated by USAID’s Feed the Future Bangladesh Agricultural Value Chain Project. 

More than 100 participants from the agriculture and food industry, NGOs and government bodies were informed about GLOBALG.A.P. and its products and services such as Option 2 (group) certification, the localg.a.p. program, the GLOBALG.A.P. Academy or the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practices. Panbo Bangla Mushroom Ltd., one of two GLOBALG.A.P. certified companies in Bangladesh, and the certification body SGS Bangladesh Ltd. shared their experiences and motivation for certification.

Apart from being an informative event about certification, the aim of this tour stop was also to start a process that will put Bangladesh and its producers on the map of international retailers as a high-quality export country for fruit & vegetables. Martin Aguirre, Commercial Manager Fresh Produce at Spinneys Dubai LLC, therefore presented what an international retailer would expect in order to source from Bangladesh. In addition, the Bangladeshi retailers ACI Logistics Ltd/Shwapno presented their rationale for becoming a GLOBALG.A.P. member and why they are becoming a program owner for the first localg.a.p. program for fruit & vegetables in Bangladesh.

The tour stop was followed by the first of three GLOBALG.A.P. Capacity Building & Farm Assurer Workshops at which 15 participants learned in detail about GLOBALG.A.P.’s General Regulations and Control Points as well as Compliance Criteria. Find out more about GLOBALG.A.P.’s various workshops here.

 

 

Video: Courtesy of Shwapno, Bangladesh

Photo: GLOBALG.A.P.