The Regional Report 2018 - Africa:

We continue our mission in Africa to raise food safety standards, enable smallholders to gain access to their local, national, and regional markets, and help retailers to source safe food  for consumers. Given the rising pressure on agriculture due to the effects of climate change,  improvements in the global food system are essential if growers are to successfully deal with the challenges they may face due to scarce resources, such as water and arable land.

Our approach remains to work on multiple fronts to raise awareness and promote the  implementation of a robust system of Good Agricultural Practices. This serves as the  foundation for developing sustainable agriculture that guarantees food produced in a  healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly way.

Africa had the largest growth

At 5,507 new producers under certification, Africa had the largest growth in terms of IFA  adoption in 2018. Of the 39,540 producers under certification on the continent, 71% are  in Kenya, with 22,399 producers alone from Frigoken Limited, the largest export-oriented vegetable processing company in East Africa. Madagascar and South Africa follow respectively with 2,521 and 2,318 producers under certification.


localg.a.p. as a tool to bring transparency to the local sourcing market has been gaining wider acceptance on the continent. In 2018, SPAR South Africa (Program Owner) added Mozambique to its localg.a.p. program that first covered Botswana. And Freshmark (Shoprite) initiated a localg.a.p. program that covers Angola, Botswana, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho,  Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia.

Support of small-scale farmers

Efforts to support small-scale farmers in upgrading their food safety status and access local markets have been fruitful. In the less than one hectare size class, Africa leads certification for Integrated Farm Assurance for Fruit and Vegetable – 68.6% in non-covered crops and 46.5% in covered crops.

Capacity Building and Farm Assurer workshops for more than 100 participants were organized in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, and 15 new Farm Assurers gained their licenses.

EHPEA and SA-GAP now in the benchmarking process

Following the approval of EHPEA Code of Practice for Sustainable Flower Production (Silver  Level) in August 2017 for Flowers & Ornamentals (FO) (re-benchmarking) and PPM (initial  benchmarking), Ethiopia’s EHPEA Code of Practice for Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Production (Silver Level) is now in the benchmarking process, along with South African SA-GAP.

National Interpretation Guideline for South Africa

An IFA National Interpretation Guideline has been published for South Africa for Fruit and Vegetable (5.0-2), whilst GRASP NIGs have been published for Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe in 2018.

The following GLOBALG.A.P. staff supports you in the implementation of the good agricultural practices system in Africa:

Jennifer Mbuvi, Key Account Manager Kenya and East Africa 
Based in Kenya
Languages: English, Swahili, Kikamba  mbuvi@globalgap.org

Mahinda Wahome, Technical Key Account Manager Kenya and East Africa 
Based in Kenya
Languages: English, Swahili  wahome@globalgap.org

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