Due to the increasing global demand of food production, especially in the field of fresh fruits, food safety becomes increasingly important. Now more than ever, the food supply chain has to be regularly audited to check that global requirements and regulations are met. As required by regulations, those tastings are carried out annually by an independent, third-party certification body. A growing number of foodservice providers, as well as consumers, insist on sourcing products from certified sources, such as farms certified to well-known food safety standards like GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA).

According to the Tanzanian Horticultural Association (TAHA) the horticultural sector is especially important due to its impressive growth rate of 11%. This growth rate is heavily impacted by their global exports to Asia and Europe. In the agricultural sector meanwhile, Tanzania’s main export products are fruits and vegetables. In the European market, the awareness and the need for safe and sustainable food has increased rapidly, which is why compliance with global standards, especially for fruit and vegetables, has gained significance.

Certification to the global standards from GLOBALG.A.P. has helped increase productivity and exports from Tanzania in the recent years. The increasing demand for certification in Tanzania is visible in the sharp increase of standard experts in the country, such as trainers and consultants. While there was one standard expert in 2019, in 2021 the number of standard experts have increased to 10. Additionally, the number of certificates awarded between 2018 and 2021 also increased, from 24 certificates to 40 certificates per product.

While produce from certified production are key export items from Tanzania, there are still a few challenges which need to be addressed to strengthen the market access of Tanzania’s producers and exporters and guarantee sustainable exports. In recognition of this fact, the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), the Finnish Agri-agency for Food and Forest Development (FFD) and GLOBALG.A.P. are now organizing a TOUR Stop event in order to discuss those challenges and opportunities.

The TOUR Stop aims to find and develop solutions which further establish a sustainable and vibrant agri-food sector in Tanzania, and communicate the possibilities that GLOBALG.A.P. certified farmers, exporters and traders have on the domestic and global market, as well as exploring the specific benefits of implementing social management tools, such as GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP)

Date: /tbd
Place: Arusha, Tanzania
Venue: /tbd
Fee: Free of charge
Language: English

The two-day GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR STOP provides a unique opportunity to learn about GLOBALG.A.P.’s products and services and to network with food system stakeholders working in both national and international markets. The conference will address topics such as:

  • To explore how the GLOBALG.A.P. system can help farms improve food safety and responsible farming practices, and therefore strengthen their position on the international and domestic market,
  • To foster understanding of how GLOBALG.A.P. standards can improve collaboration initiatives locally and globally on quality, regulation policy frameworks and food safety initiatives,
  • To provide a platform where technology and service providers can showcase their latest products and services to the industry, government/NGOs and other stakeholders, hence improving the adoption of the latest food safety, quality management, postharvest and compliance technologies in Tanzania;  
  • To examine how the GLOBALG.A.P. system can increase consumer awareness of food safety and how stakeholder can contribute to a safer food environment in Tanzania

Join our two-day TOUR conference organized by TAHA.