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IFA for Fruit and Vegetables

The IFA standard for fruit and vegetables is a global standard for responsible farming practices at primary production level, covering preharvest activities such as soil management and plant protection product application, to basic postharvest handling.

GLOBALG.A.P. standards for fruit and vegetables have been operational for over 20 years and are developed through extensive collaboration with stakeholders throughout the sector. IFA is aligned with the United Nations Global Compact Food and Agribusiness Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals.

IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables at a glance

  • Adopts a holistic approach that covers food safety, environmental sustainability and biodiversity, workers’ well-being, production processes, and traceability
  • Supports increased efficiency and improved management of farm operations
  • Provides clarity on market requirements and acts as a practical manual for on-farm activities
  • Enables producers to demonstrate responsible farming practices and buyers to easily identify production that fulfills their requirements
  • Implements a farm-level continuous improvement plan that helps producers to analyze and enhance their operations
  • Features rigorous sustainability criteria on biodiversity, water, plastics, pest management, and more
  • Certification options for both individual producers and producer groups
  • Available for every type and size of farm, including smallholders 
  • Covers hundreds of products and all types of production systems, from covered and noncovered production to hydroponics
  • Opens the door to a range of GLOBALG.A.P. add-ons and supply chain solutions
  • Audited annually by accredited and independent third-party certification bodies, resulting in a certificate valid for one year

Editions and GFSI recognition

IFA for fruit and vegetables is currently available in three versions. Click  here to find out which version is applicable to your needs.

How it works

For more details about how the IFA standard works in practice, please see “About IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables” in the download section, or check our  IFA homepage.

Your IFA documents

For IFA v6, you can generate your required documents  here.
For other IFA versions, you can find all the required documents in the  GLOBALG.A.P. document center.

 

News on the IFA standard for fruit and vegetables

Quicklinks

IFA v6 documents generator
Answer questions to generate applicable standard documents

IFA plants scope
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IFA v6
Discover what’s new in the latest revision

IFA homepage
The standard explained

Public consultations and field trials
How our stakeholders influence standard development

The GGN label
A consumer label for certified, responsible farming and transparency

Getting started

Five steps to certification
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Find a Registered Trainer
Get GLOBALG.A.P. expertise to support your audit preparations

Find a certification body
Start your certification process today!

Downloads

About IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables
An in-depth look at GLOBALG.A.P.’s fruit and vegetables solution, how it works, what it contains, costs and fees, and more (PDF)

About IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables
A short overview of GLOBALG.A.P. solutions for fruit and vegetables (PDF)

IFA v6 Smart – principles and criteria for fruit and vegetables

IFA v6 GFS – principles and criteria for fruit and vegetables

Fee table

Fruit and vegetable solutions
For north american markets

News Date Category
Improving Supply Chain Sustainability with the New GLOBALG.A.P. Community Member Consentio 27 October 2022 Fruit & Vegetables
Member News
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7 June Is World Food Safety Day 7 June 2022 Fruit & Vegetables
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GLOBALG.A.P. Celebrates International Day for Biological Diversity 19 May 2022 Fruit & Vegetables
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Press Release
Encouraging Biodiversity in Conventional Agriculture 27 April 2022 Fruit & Vegetables
News
GLOBALG.A.P. at Fruit Logistica 2022 6 April 2022 Fruit & Vegetables
News
Press Release
New GGN Label Launched at Spanish Retailer EROSKI 7 March 2022 Aquaculture
Fruit & Vegetables
News
Press Release
717 Malian Smallholders Achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Certification 23 February 2022 Fruit & Vegetables
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Bambara Groundnut: the Underutilized Superfood 23 February 2022 Fruit & Vegetables
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Farm Assurer Program Evolves into Registered Trainer Program 30 January 2022 Announcement
Aquaculture
Farm Assurer
Flowers & Ornamentals
Fruit & Vegetables
News
GLOBALG.A.P.’s Integrated Farm Assurance v5.4-GFS Achieves GFSI Recognition in the Fruit and Vegetables Category 18 November 2021 Fruit & Vegetables
News
Press Release
Revised IFA Standard Featured at Fruit Attraction 2021 28 October 2021 Fruit & Vegetables
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Sonae MC Becomes the First Retailer to Launch the GGN Label in the Fruits and Vegetables Category 30 September 2021 Fruit & Vegetables
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New IFA Version Nears the Finish Line 2 August 2021 Aquaculture
Flowers & Ornamentals
Fruit & Vegetables
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Extension of Deadline and Request for Stakeholder Comments for Public Consultation Round 3 4 June 2021 News
Unveiled at Last! The New GGN Label 29 April 2021 Aquaculture
Flowers & Ornamentals
Fruit & Vegetables
News
Presenting GLOBALG.A.P.’s Newest Add-on 25 February 2021 News
Biodiversity Add-on for Fruit and Vegetables 1 February 2021 Fruit & Vegetables
Press Release
Your Comments Requested: New Version 6 Topics Open for Public Consultation 27 January 2021 News
Second Public Consultation Phase Opens for Food Safety Version 6 Draft – December 15 to January 31, 2021 22 December 2020 News
New Videos for Seasonal Workers Instructions for Harvesting Rhubarb and Strawberries 19 May 2020 Announcement
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Press Release
GLOBALG.A.P. Begins World Consultation Tour for Standard Revision Version 6 14 May 2020 Announcement
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Press Release