Spreading Good Agricultural Practices in Collaboration with Corporación Colombia Internacional - CCI

“At the TOUR event we can show GLOBALG.A.P.’s progress in spreading awareness of Good Agricultural Practices, both in the country and around the world. It also gives us the opportunity to listen to producers, offer various programs and options for small-scale producers, and create a networking platform that helps us unify criteria for all the stakeholders in the agricultural sector.”
Leonardo Ferrer, GLOBALG.A.P. Technical Key Account Manager for Colombia & Panama

The second TOUR conference to take place in Colombia was yet another successful event that brought together over 100 industry stakeholders eager to update their expertise and share their experiences.

Held in Medellin on 17-18 July, the 2-day conference was organized once again by Corporación Colombia Internacional – CCI, a GLOBALG.A.P. Country partner. “For us it is very important to be able to develop this event in Colombia for the second time. This is hard work that needs great coordination to bring the experts and be able to bring useful information to the producers that guarantees the quality of their products and also helps the country to continue growing,” said Adriana Senior, president of the International Colombian Corporation.

Colombia: A Fruitful Local Climate Ready for International Markets

Colombia’s growing agricultural and agro-industrial sectors as well as its favorable climatic conditions make it an attractive source of fresh fruit and vegetables for buyers around the world. But to access global supply chains and compete with established sources, Colombian producers must ensure and demonstrate that their products meet nationally and internationally required food safety and sustainable agriculture requirements.

“We are very fortunate to be able to participate in this big and important event in Colombia,”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /em> said Martha Leticia Silva, Manager of the Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA) branch in Antioquia. “At the conference, we were able to address issues related to our institutional mission and our commitment to healthy and safe production, which can be enjoyed by people from all over the world,” she added. The ICA is Colombia's principal agricultural research institute thus, ensures the agricultural health of the country by applying sanitary as well as phytosanitary measures in Colombia.

(and has the responsibility of working for the control of agricultural health of the country applying sanitary and phytosanitary measures in Colombia.)

Delegates also included representatives from Augura, the Association of Banana Producers of Colombia; and Uniban, an international trading company specializing in the development of agribusiness and logistics services, and a leader in the production and trading of bananas, plantains, and exotic fruits.

The TOUR aimed at encouraging fruit and vegetable producers and buyers to adopt GLOBALG.A.P. Certification to access international markets. Topics covered included food safety and traceability, environmental protection, workers’ health, safety and welfare, animal welfare, Integrated Crop Management, Integrated Pest Management, Quality Management Systems, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. Expert speakers also detailed the conditions and requirements of cooperatives, supermarkets, consultants, and certification bodies, as well as explained the standard in the Colombian context.