Goshogawara Agriculture and Forestry High School - A hero for students to provide courage, hope and pride

Located in the north of Japan, Goshogawara Agriculture and Forestry High School is an agricultural high school with roughly 500 students between the ages of 16 and 18. In 2015 GLOBALG.A.P. was invited to hold a lecture on location, after which 15 students announced that they wanted to acquire GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for the high school’s apple orchard.

The students created a team and took up the challenge of obtaining certification. They regularly inspected the orchard, had frequent discussions, made progress with preparing for risk management and digitalization, and incorporated a framework of traceability at over 10 sales points for the school apples. The students answered the judges’ questions and the school became 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. In addition, this great achievement led the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to start a nation-wide effort to promote the education of Good Agricultural Practices in high schools.

The high school has now incorporated GLOBALG.A.P. into its curriculum, so that after graduation students can use the acquired knowledge and experience across the country in their duties as producers or in agriculture-related organizations and companies. “GLOBALG.A.P. is like a hero for the young generation, as it gives them courage, hope and pride,” says Mr. Akira Yamaguchi, the school’s principal.

Every year, an average of 170 students now graduate from Goshogawara Agriculture and Forestry High School with GLOBALG.A.P. know-how. Thanks to GLOBALG.A.P.’s support, the high school has already today fulfilled the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal for 2030 to “ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable developments, such as human rights and gender equality.”