At the invitation of Assomela, GLOBALG.A.P. held its board meeting in Italy for the first time on May 28th and 29th in Terlano (BZ), at the headquarters of the VOG consortium (Marlene). Ennio Magnani, President of Assomela, observes that “ for our consortiums, which have international business interests, GLOBALG.A.P. is an essential certification required to be a supplier. Food security, workers’ welfare, and sustainability are no longer exclusive to a part of the food chain, but represent shared aspects towards which production and distribution can work with common aims.”

The two days of work began with a visit to the Melinda consortium "Hypogeum" apple conservation project, a clear illustration of the complexity of the Italian fruit sector, characterized by many producers with small farms, and a good example of its engagement in the field of sustainability where it is committed to finding innovative ways to ensure a better relationship with the environment and the territory.

One of the many topics discussed involved the international role of the organization, which led to the formalization of initial commitments to begin the development of a project for a simplification scheme in order to facilitate the work of farmers as well as that of control bodies.

Today there are about 180,000 companies certified in accordance with GLOBALG.A.P. in 125 countries around the world,” explained Alessandro Dalpiaz, director of Assomela and Apot, and member of the GLOBALG.A.P. board as a representative of the production sector since 2017. “With our presence on the board, we have been able to perceive an open and positive atmosphere between the two souls of production and distribution, and are today more aware of the importance of a partnership to offer consumers safe products produced with respect for the environment and workers.”

"A global partnership like GLOBALG.A.P. relies on strong commitment and engagement of all partners." said Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P . "We appreciate the invitation of Assomela, and were impressed with the innovative approach the Italian producers address challenges of the future of farm assurance."

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