Rising numbers of GRASP- assessed producers in Spain

Growers, retailers, and trading companies around the world are facing increasing pressure from the public and media with regards to sustainability risks and issues within fresh produce supply chains. This pressure is set to increase in the future and drive the need for solutions. GLOBALG.A.P. invites visitors and exhibitors to the Fruit Attraction trade fair to visit their stand and discuss how GLOBALG.A.P. can help them meet the sustainability challenges confronting their business. 


Cologne/Madrid 23 October, GLOBALG.A.P. has developed a suite of standards which support fresh produce stakeholders in dealing with sustainability challenges such as social issues, water, and TR4. These are specifically designed to build on and enhance the GLOBALG.A.P. system, which satisfies market requirements on Good Agricultural Practices, Food Safety, and Traceability. 

“CSR and Traceability issues are a main focus of GLOBALG.A.P. In the face of these pressures, we invite our stakeholders to discuss solutions to problems with us. We have to work very closely together to master the challenges of the future. The GLOBALG.A.P. Standard can help and support in many ways,” says Kristian Moeller, CEO GLOBALG.A.P.

GRASP: Committed to Worker's Health, Safety and Welfare

GRASP stands for GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice, and is a voluntary ready-to-use module developed to assess social practices on the farm, addressing specific aspects of workers’ health, safety, and welfare. GRASP is a GLOBALG.A.P.+ Add-on product.

Designed to complement GLOBALG.A.P. certification towards social aspects, GRASP measures can be assessed together with the GLOBALG.A.P. audit. A GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Body (CB) approved for GRASP conducts the GRASP assessment of production facilities. The assessment results are uploaded to the GLOBALG.A.P. database, showing the level of compliance, and are visible to industry supply chain partners and buyers who have been granted access. GRASP helps producers establish a good social management system on farms.

74% of all producers under certification in Spain have received a GRASP assessment, up by 57% since August 2017. Spain and Italy have highest share and highest number of Producers under certification with GRASP .

The GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard (CoC)

Transparency throughout the supply chain guarantees the integrity of a product and reassures customers. The GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard is an essential certificate for all producers and retailers handling GLOBALG.A.P. certified products. It ensures that any product bearing a GLOBALG.A.P. label or sold as a GLOBALG.A.P. certified product is sourced from GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms.

The GLOBALG.A.P. CoC Standard identifies the status of your product throughout the entire process, from farm to retailer. It lays out strict requirements for handling certified products and the proper segregation of certified and non-certified produce in the processing operation units. The GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard provides the level of transparency and integrity and adds value to products and brands in the market and added reassurance to customers. 

SPRING – Sustainable Program for Irrigation and Groundwater Use

Coop, a Swiss retail company and pioneer in sustainability, joined forces with GLOBALG.A.P. to develop an add-on for sustainable water management at farm level. This add-on is based on the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Crops Standard and incorporates a wide range of criteria to assess sustainable water management, such as:

  • Legal conformity of water sources and extraction rates
  • Best practices in water management (e.g. use of tensiometers)
  • Protection of water sources
  • Monitoring of water consumption (m3/ha/year)
  • Impact of producers on sustainable watershed management

Fresh water is a scarce resource in various countries and regions worldwide. In addition, water scarcity will further increase due to climate change and a rising global population. Today, about 70% of the world's freshwater resources are used in agriculture. Consequently, it is key to improve water management at farm level, in order to tackle water scarcity. The SPRING Program is available for producers, traders, and retailers alike to use and demonstrate their efforts for sustainable water management in agriculture.

TR4 Biosecurity

Fusarium oxysporum   f. sp  . cubense – tropical race 4 (TR4), which is also referred to as “Foc 4” or “Panama disease”, is the most imminent threat to the banana industry and to those livelihoods that depend on banana production and consumption for their subsistence. There is currently no known effective treatment to control the disease for Cavendish cultivars. Therefore, preventive measures are the only viable option. The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat has developed the TR4 Biosecurity Add-on. This tool provides farmers with a risk mitigation plan to prevent the introduction (and/or further spreading) of the TR4 pathogen.

Unlike other add-ons, the TR4 Biosecurity Add-on is an assessment and not a certificate. IFA certified producers (for bananas only) can request their CBs to perform the TR4 Biosecurity assessment together with their normal IFA audit and will receive an assessment proof. The result of the assessment will be visible in the GLOBALG.A.P. Database.

 

About GLOBALG.A.P.

GLOBALG.A.P. is a leading global certification program whose mission is to bring farmers and retailers together to produce and market safe food, to protect scarce resources, and build a sustainable future.

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GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH

Claudia Meifert
Public Relations
Tel.: +49 (0) 221-57776-997
Email: meifert@globalgap.org