Brazil Report: G.A.P. in Action Event – Launch of NTWG F&V South Brazil – Farm Assurer Workshop

On 6 December 2016, a G.A.P. in Action event took place in in São Paulo, at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM). Part of the Citi Foundation Project, G.A.P. in Action is a GLOBALG.A.P. Project introduced in 2014 to promote Good Agricultural Practices in Brazil, Peru, Guatemala and Argentina. It was funded by a United Way Worldwide grant on behalf of the generosity of Citi Foundation.

The one-day event was a success due to the participation of all the relevant key players in the retail sector, retail associations, government representatives, and the main sector’s main consultancies in this important discussion. In addition to discussing the Farm Assurer Program, the G.A.P. in Action meeting focused on a detailed discussion of the GLOBALG.A.P. System and in particular the harmonization with Brazilian protocols, as well as and the demand for training measures to help the retail sector prepare.

Participants included representatives of the country’s main supermarket chains Walmart, Carrefour and Pão de Açúcar, as well as the retail association of São Paulo, APAS, and important Brazilian agribusiness sector partners, such as PariPassu, SENAR, SEBRAE, and the Ministry of Agriculture. Various consultancies present included IBS, Bamboo and Food Design.

In her presentation, Priscila Terrazzan, board member and consultant of IBS (Instituto Biosistêmico), the largest consulting company in Brazil specialized in small and medium producers support and training projects, discussed the farm assurer workshop dynamic, and explained how the GLOBALG.A.P. Standard is very close to Brazilian fruit and vegetable food safety regulations. However, the challenge is that several producers and technicians still regard GLOBALG.A.P. as an important certification for the export market, but not yet for the national market. However, through harmonization efforts, this is gradually changing.

The G.A.P. in Action Project’s two-step approach consists in a first step of training a specific group of local agricultural consultants to become GLOBALG.A.P. Licensed Farm Assurers. As a second step, these newly qualified Farm Assurers transfer their knowledge to a broad group of producers and smallholders through a diverse range of training and event activities. The goal is to set up and grow a large base of suppliers that can consistently deliver safe food to retailers and the food service sector.

This is the fastest growing Good Agricultural Practices initiative in the country and the outlook for 2017 is very positive for the sector.

Launch of National Technical Working Group (NTWG) F&V South Brazil

The launch of the NTWG F&V South Brazil is an important part of GLOBALG.A.P. strategy to enhance collaboration with the Brazilian retail segment. All those present at the G.A.P. in Action event agreed to participate in the group, which had its first meeting immediately after the event. During the meeting, the members of NTWG F&V South Brazil formulated an agenda to push forward the harmonization of Brazilian protocols with GLOBALG.A.P.

Program

 14:00 - 14:15 

  Welcome Coffee

14:15 - 14:30

  Abertura
 
PariPassu

14:30 - 15:00

  GLOBALG.A.P. -  A Importância das Certificações - Segurança Alimentar e Alimento Seguro 

15:00 - 15:45

  Programas PariPassu/GLOBALG.A.P. - localg.a.p., Farm Assurer, NTWG

15:45 - 16:30

  Programa Farm Assurer
 
GLOBALG.A.P. / SENAR

16:30 - 16:45

  Discussões/Encerramento


Farm Assurer Workshop ­– 7-9 December 2016

Following the event, the Farm Assurer Workshop brought together a good technical group of 21 participants, which included representatives from the country’s Ministry of Agriculture who are in the process of preparing for the internal technical regulation of the harmonization process.

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