Europe remains our biggest market for certification. This region is covering a 58.2% share of the 200,279 producers under GLOBALG.A.P. IFA certification worldwide (= 116,507 producers). It continues to be a strong motor driving the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices around the world.

Of the 4,221 additional European producers who have adopted the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard in 2018, 77% come from Mediterranean countries, led by Spain (1,328 producers), Greece (967 producers) and Italy (952 producers).

Constant growth of GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody

Our sustained efforts to promote the GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard as a tool to improve supply chain transparency throughout the industry has resulted in a 41.1% global increase in the number of CoC certifications. Of the total 1,062 Chain of Custody certificates in 2018, 87.9% are in Europe, with Spain (317) Italy (281), and Poland (92) leading the way.

In Fruit and Vegetable certification, 4 European countries – Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and Italy – have the largest number of certificate holders, whilst in Flowers and Ornamentals certification, Germany, The Netherlands, and Italy combined make up 68% of all certificates. Several European countries also lead in the number of GRASP assessments.

Of the 42 new GLOBALG.A.P. Members that joined in 2018, 45% were European companies, underlining the importance of GLOBALG.A.P. for the European market. However, 2018 also saw a significant increase in new members from outside Europe, an exciting trend we expect to gather pace in 2019.

Key Account Managers all around the globe

Following an ambitious recruitment drive, 15 Key Account Managers now work for GLOBALG.A.P.  around the world. Their role is to provide support and advice to all regional stakeholders on GLOBALG.A.P. products and services and to help connect producers with markets. The work of the team is coordinated by Ignacio Antequera and Ben Horsbrugh.

More news from Europe

Further developments in 2018 include the successful re-benchmarking to IFA V5.1 of MPS-GAP in the Netherlands, which achieved Equivalent status for the scopes Flowers and Ornamentals and Plant Propagation Materials. Our latest Fruit and Vegetables checklist version 5.1 is also now available in all the major European languages, making the latest IFA Standard version accessible to almost all of Europe.

Find more interesting facts in our Annual Report 2018.

Do not hesitate to contact your local consultant:

Ignacio Antequera

Team Leader Technical Key Accounts 
Based in Spain

Languages: Spanish, English, German

Ben Horsbrugh

Team Leader Key Account & Membership Management 
Based in Belgium

Languages: English, French, German

Valeska Weymann

Senior Expert/Technical Key Account Aquaculture 
Based in Germany

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, German

Diego Salgado Müller

Technical Key Account Manager Livestock 
Based in Spain

Languages: English, Spanish, German, French