Dear partner, 

One of my favorite moments of the holiday season is sitting down to a table surrounded by family and friends and enjoying a traditional German meal. Wherever we live, traditional meals like these provide a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and reflect as we savor the season’s bounty together.  

Through our farm assurance programs, we have gotten to know many of the women and men who grow our food and who manage the local and global supply chains linking farmers with consumers. I am in awe of the hard work you do to keep our tables supplied, not only during the holidays, but on all the other days of the year, too. Thank you.  

Sharing a holiday meal together reminds us of our responsibility for the human resources involved in producing the food before us. I am especially proud to announce that a record number of new farms adopted the GRASP add-on this year. These farms are showing the world that they care about their workers’ safety and well-being. 

Many of you – in fact half of the world’s population – eat rice every day. Now, rice farms can be assessed as to sustainable practices and good working conditions through our partnership with the Sustainable Rice Platform. This new relationship is a big step forward for GLOBALG.A.P., for the environment, and for rice producers and consumers everywhere. 

I am also proud to share that farmers now have a way to demonstrate to their supply chain partners that they use water resources well. Successful pilot training sessions for SPRING, an agricultural water usage add-on, were held this year, and the new add-on will be ready for full use in 2020.  

In the new year, our entire team will be focusing heavily on version 6 of our review process. This new version will be more digital and more risk-based, and our long-term farm partners will find it easier to use. Stay tuned for our two public consultation forums in 2020, at which you’ll have the opportunity to provide input about your GLOBALG.A.P. standards and the future of farm assurance. We want to hear what you have to say. 

Join me in celebrating the hundreds of thousands of farmers, farm workers, supply chain operators, and their families, who are committed to keeping our tables full of safe and sustainable food all year round. We look forward to welcoming many more to the GLOBALG.A.P. family in the year to come. 

It’s TIME TO EAT! How will you be spending this holiday season? What special dishes will be featured at your table?  

However you celebrate, I wish you and all your loved ones very happy holidays. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Kristian Moeller
CEO GLOBALG.A.P.