Dear Members and Supporters,

In 2017, we looked back on 20 years of our history and celebrated our story through our GLOBALG.A.P. Milestones book. As we put together the book, I was struck by the unique stories of our members, who have truly embraced certification over the years and have now gone far beyond this as their core focus, and are pioneering new approaches to make their businesses even more sustainable. If you don't have a copy yet, I would invite you to get in touch with our team and celebrate with us!

In a time where consumers are demanding ever increasing transparency, we have unlocked the stories of our farmers, making information on individual farms and products visible on our new online platform for Plants and Aquaculture, through the GGN label. We are delighted that we have a way to recognize and value the work the farmers and their families are doing to focus on sustainability and preserve our planet for future generations.

We are also in a unique position to unlock the potential of collaboration with other organizations where we share the same mission and vision of harmonization. By partnering on food safety and sustainability issues, we are driving a more efficient supply chain for our farmers and freeing up resources for additional sustainability-focused efforts.

When I look to the future, I see the potential to unlock the energy of our young people and benefit from new perspectives and fresh ideas as they face the realities of a future filled with the challenges of extreme weather conditions and shifting national policies. We have launched a youth network for Good Agricultural Practices over social media, and have a vision of organizing the first 'Youth in Agriculture' Summit in 2019.

As a father of two teenage daughters, I witness firsthand their passion to fight for their rights and an independent future, and I am convinced that in the agricultural sector we also have to increase our efforts to unlock women's potential and close the gender gap. The FAO states that equalizing access to productive resources between female and male farmers can increase agricultural output in emerging countries by 2.5 to 4 percent. So, as we face the reality of a food insecure world, let's engage with local women's groups to identify the range of agricultural challenges that women face and may we continue to support that hunger for access to markets.

We can all unlock the potential of our network during our yearly industry events. Let's make the most of these opportunities to come together as a community, share our thoughts and identify opportunities for collaboration. I'm looking forward to meeting you at one of these many events in 2018.

With warm Seasons Greetings from Cologne,

Dr. Kristian Moeller

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