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Dear Colleague,

Is Certification a Failure of Governments?

Some people believe that the growth of certification is due only to the inability of governments and societies to regulate trade requirements. If the public sector would become more effective, there would be no need for certification.

I strongly disagree with this statement. However, I do believe that both the public as well as the private sector need to find new ways of working together. But what are good examples of that future model of co-regulation? Let's ask those government bodies that are on the forefront of the debate: FDA, EU Commission and the Dutch Government, all together on one stage at our SUMMIT 2016, on 27-28 Sept. in Amsterdam.

Make sure you register today and join the representatives of already 129 companies and organizations from 39 countries.

Do you already want to become active beforehand? Then follow the discussions in our LinkedIn group and on Twitter at #ggsummit2016.

One other major SUMMIT topic – big data in agriculture – was already discussed with scientists of agribusiness schools at the IFAMA Global Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, last month. We can only begin to imagine what impact new digital technologies will have on the future of farm certification. Are you ready to embrace that future?

I see immediate cost saving opportunities for farmers, in particular with those certification standards that require less frequent on-farm visits by auditors, like the proposed GLOBALG.A.P. Crops for Processing Standard. Have you checked out the opportunity for adding your comments? Please observe the public consultation period, which ends 7 August 2016.

Please note that you have several opportunities for discussions with our team even before our SUMMIT in Amsterdam. These include not only last month’s successful TOUR Stops 2016 in Mexico and Ecuador, but also the upcoming Vietfish, and the Fresh Produce Safety Conference, where you can meet our new colleague in Australia: Belinda Millard. She has been working for over 20 years with fast moving consumer goods companies, and most recently had the role of Supplier Approval Manager at Woolworths Limited, Australia’s largest retailer, where she worked in a corporate function to deliver strategic compliance and ethical sourcing policy and audit programmes for the business. As part of this role she was able to focus on working together with a number of industry and regulatory groups on innovative initiatives.
Developments from our GLOBALG.A.P. Community:
    • G.A.P. Awards 2016 – Calling all Producers! Tell Us Your Story and We’ll Share It with The World

      Our next TOUR 2016 Events:
      • Ethiopia: 1-3 August 2016, Ethiopia, Bahir Dar & Mekele organized by EHPEA supported by IPD
      • Colombia: 29-30 August 2016, Armenia, organzied by CCI - Corporación Colombia Internacional

      • Chile: 18 October 2016, Santiago - organized by Primus Chile

      Save the date and stay connected with GLOBALG.A.P.:
      • Vietfish: 3-5 August 2106, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City
      • Public Seminar at Vietfish 2016, 4 August 2016, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City
      Best regards,

      Kristian Moeller

      Summit 2016


      New Supplier Member: Köster Marine Proteins – 90 Years of Quality, Tradition and Innovation in Feed
      GLOBALG.A.P. Member News

      A subsidiary of Fritz Köster Handelsgesellschaft AG, Hamburg-based Köster Marine Proteins GmbH (KMP) is currently Europe’s leading fishmeal distributor. Looking back on a 90-year tradition of trading in feed, KMP today boasts a global network of partners and decades of experience, bringing new innovations and state-of-the-art technologies to the industry.


      New IFA Version 5 - The GLOBALG.A.P. Best Practices for Nurseries
      GLOBALG.A.P. News

      Plant Propagation Material (PPM) refers to a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, bulbs and other plant parts that are required for growing all kinds of plants. Many producers of fruit and vegetables and/or flowers and ornamentals also grow and sell propagation material for the same scopes.



      Boutique Citrus
      The Boutique Citrus Company from Australia is the Largest Grower of Premium Finger Limes in the World
      GLOBALG.A.P. Producer News

      The finger lime is a unique citrus variety that only grows in Australia, and is also referred to as caviar lime, due to its caviar-resembling pulp. Its name comes from the fact that it is about the size and shape of a finger. This niche product is recently gaining a presence on the European market. One up-and-coming agricultural finger lime producer is “The Boutique Citrus Company” from Australia, GLOBALG.A.P. certified.


      Boutique Citrus
      Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School, Japan: Now Proud Producer of GLOBALG.A.P. Certified Apples
      GLOBALG.A.P. Producer News

      Located in the Aomori prefecture on the main island of Honshu around 600 km north of the capital city Tokyo, the Goshogawara Agricultural and Forestry High School is one of the latest educational establishments to have received GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.


      GLOBALG.A.P. in Ecuador: Farm Assurer Training for Aquaculture and TOUR 2016 Event
      GLOBALG.A.P. News

      GLOBALG.A.P. conducted a Farm Assurer Training for the Aquaculture scope from 14-17 June. This was followed by a two-day TOUR event organized by GLOBALFORUM.


      GAP Awards

      G.A.P. Awards 2016 – Calling all Producers!
      Tell Us Your Story and We’ll Share It with The World

      The GLOBALG.A.P. Good Agricultural Practice Awards, which merit producers who have achieved outstanding results through their commitment to GLOBALG.A.P. principles, will be presented for the 4th time on 27 September 2016 at the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT in Amsterdam with the kind sponsorship of CropLife.

      This year’s G.A.P. Awards 2016 acknowledges producers based on their development and implementation of innovative solutions that enhance food safety on their farms, and raise the level of G.A.P. integration in their farm processes and management.

      To learn more about G.A.P. Awards 2016 and how producers can apply, go to or download our flyer here.

      Here's a showcase of our latest applicants:
      See past applicants and winners at

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