23,462 producers under IFA Certification

27 Licensed Farm Assurers

MEXICO

With the collaboration of our extensive network of stakeholders, we continue to contribute to the promotion of Good Agricultural Practices in the region, attracting more than 12 organizations to become GLOBALG.A.P. Members, through which we have improved communication and capabilities in the area. This is augmented by the active participation of 15+ certification bodies and agricultural auditors and 12 Farm Assurers, all of which are contributing to raising G.A.P. awareness and spreading information on industry developments and GLOBALG.A.P. products and services. This has led to several projects initiated with local retailers and distributors who recognize the value of GLOBALG.A.P.  and how it contributes to the food supply chain.

In 2018, we conducted Farm Assurer, Chain of Custody (CoC) and GRASP training.

We participated in five of the most important local trade fairs in the region. Local producers, exporters and their companies are working to comply with the public regulations and implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. Add-ons such as FSMA, CoC, NURTURE, and TR4.

The NTWG Mexico conducted the GRASP National Technical Guide, and through the support of the Agricultural Council of Jalisco as a GLOBALG.A.P. country partner, agricultural companies have been able to access the relevant information on GLOBALG.A.P.

Marco Villegas, Key Account Manager Mexico 
Based in Mexico

Languages: Spanish, English  villegas@globalgap.org

 

PERU

The third largest country in South America, Peru exports about 620 agricultural products and

its exports have risen at an average annual rate of 12% over the last ten years. 9,454 Peruvian producers are currently under GLOBALG.A.P. certification, a 22% increase since 2017.

The NTWG Peru, hosted by Asociacion de Gremios Productores Agrarios del Peru (AGAP), held 3 meetings during which members highlighted the public consultation on the Produce Handling Assurance Add-on, and reviewed the minimum requirements for food safety management for produce handling facilities based on FSMA requirements. The NTWG also addressed CoC related issues, reviewing the minimum requirements for handling certified products along the food chain.

Peru also hosted the SUMMIT 2018, the first GLOBALG.A.P. conference to be held in the Americas. Graciously supported by the Peruvian government, the conference opening session included a welcome speech by the Prime Minister of Peru, and the conference closing ceremony involved the participation of the Ministry of Agriculture. 400+ people from more than 50 countries gathered in Lima to exchange knowledge on issues related to food safety and sustainability, as well as Good Agriculture and Aquaculture Practices and the future of the sector. We also wish to thank AGAP and PromPeru for their excellent support.

Angelo Lazo , Technical Key Account Manager Ecuador and Peru
Based in Peru

Languages: Spanish, English  lazo@globalgap.org


COLUMBIA

Active since 2007, the NTWG Colombia successfully established the GRASP National Interpretation Guide and began work on the development of the IFA Version 5.1 National Interpretation Guide for Colombia.

Colombia has 5 GLOBALG.A.P. licensed Farm Assurers.  In 2018, 3 Farm Assurer Workshops took place, during which 50 people were trained and 18 are now in the process of joining the Farm Assurer program. In addition, the GLOBALG.A.P. community in the country is working

with producers and marketers on chain of custody issues to ensure safety and traceability throughout the supply chain

With 1,320 producers under certification, 8 GLOBALG.A.P.  members, and the expansion of Hass avocado and tropical fruits crops, Colombia has substantially increased its certified areas, making it an important supplier and exporter  of fresh fruits to the European, Asian, and US markets.

Leonardo Ferrer , Technical Key Account Manager Colombia and Panama
Based in Colombia  
Languages: Spanish, English 
ferrer@globalgap.org


ARGENTINA

The National Technical Working Group Argentina, active since 2004, worked on several projects and topics in 2018, including the GRASP National Interpretation Guideline (NIG), water quality of irrigation, carbon footprint, and the Produce Handling Assurance Add-On.

The first PSA Grower Training Course was conducted in conjunction with a FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Add-on workshop at the Argentine Chamber of Certifiers.

In addition to participating in ongoing meetings (23 in total in 2018), the NTWG members, consisting of 85 permanent professionals and the occasional participation of 18 guests for the added expertise on specific topics, also provided  extensive consultation services throughout the country.

Alejandra Pistagnesi , Technical Key Account Manager Argentina,  Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay
Based in Argentina 
Languages: Spanish, English 
pistagnesi@globalgap.org


GUATEMALA

With the support of NTWG host AGREQUIMA, 3 events were held to carry out workshops on GLOBALG.A.P.  compliance. An additional event, held in western Guatemala and attended by 250 delegates, was conducted with GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP Expert Nolan  Quiros to present GLOBALG.A.P. Add-ons and share  details about the SUMMIT in Lima. This was followed by a meeting with the Farm Assurers and NTWG members to share details about GRASP.

Juan Gabriel, Key Account Manager Central America 
Based in Guatemala

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese  gabriel@globalgap.org

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