GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2016 Colombia - Spreading G.A.P Awareness in Times of Peace

Organized by the Corporación Colombia Internacional - CCI, with the support of the Governor of Quindío and the Ministry of Agriculture, the TOUR 2016 stop in Colombia gathered 90 attendees and 20 speakers, including governmental institutions and private sector institutions as well as certification bodies and producers from different regions of the country.

The event was opened by the Governor of Quindío Padre Carlos Eduardo Osorio, who said: "We have a responsibility to ensure, in the situations where people live now, that they produce and consume safe products. This will in turn improve the health of the Colombian population and raise consumer awareness, which will help raise demand for products that are grown and sold in safe and transparent processes.”

During the two-day conference, the delegates and speakers discussed several aspects of implementing Good Agricultural Practices that may affect the certification process, such as chemicals used for crops, responsible water use, and the role of institutions in implementation. Horst Lang, GLOBALG.A.P. Board Member representing retailers/food service and Daniel Catron, GLOBALG.A.P. Senior Expert further elaborated on GLOBALG.A.P. Certification and how the standard fulfills the requirements of international markets.

The example of the MACS (agribusiness, competitive and sustainable models) as a tool that the ICC has implemented to help producers achieve GLOBALG.A.P. and BPA certification together with the COLOMBIAG.A.P seal was highlighted at the event. The model was presented by Adriana Senior, president of the ICC who said: "We believe that the field of producing and marketing products with quality and safety is the country’s key post-conflict revenue generator."

The event also included the participation of the ASOCOLFLORES Guild, which presented its relevant experience with FLORVERDE, the seal for social responsibility.

In addition, the participation of the banana producing and exporting sector was significant, as it is one of the products with the highest number of certifications in Colombia.

Jesus Camacho, CaucaHass legal representative, presented the successful GLOBALG.A.P. certification process of 61 avocado producers. This received much praise from both GLOBALG.A.P. representatives and the conference delegates as an exemplary story of success worthy of being shared around the world. 

View pictures of the event here.

You can download the presentations by clicking on the session in the program below:

DAY 1  - 29 AUGUST
07:30 - 08:30 Registration & Accreditation / Registro
08:30 - 09:15 Welcome & Opening / Bienvenida & Inauguración
Gobernación Del Quindio (Carlos Osorio) ; Secretaria de Agricultura del Quindio (Carlos Soto)  GLOBALG.A.P; CCI (Adriana Senior)

09:15 - 10:00 Introduction to GLOBALG.A.P. - Why is it the most demanded scheme worldwide? / Introducción a GLOBALG.A.P. - ¿Por qué es el esquema más demandando y certificado a nivel mundial?
Daniél Catron, Senior Expert / Team Leader IPRO, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany
10:00 - 10:45 The New Version of GLOBALG.A.P.: A Managable Challenge and Opportunity to Reach Market Access for Agricultural Producers/ La nueva versión de GLOBALG.A.P.: Un reto alcanzable y una oportunidad de mercado para los productores agrícolas
Ricardo Andrés Bogotá Roncancio Scheme Manager GLOBALG.A.P. ICONTEC, Colombia
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break / Café
11:00 - 11:45 Tools to Promote and Facilitate the Implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. / Herramientas para la promoción y facilitación de la implementación y aplicación de GLOBALG.A.P.
Dra. Adriana Senior Mojica, CEO Corporación Colombia Internacional CCI, Colombia
11:45 - 12:15 Questions & Answers / Sesión Preguntas & Respuestas
12:15 - 14:00 Lunch / Almuerzo
14:00 - 14:45 Panel: What is the Role of the Institutions linked to the Agricultural Sector regarding the Promotion of G.A.P.? / Panel: ¿Cuál es el Papel de las Instituciones Ligadas al Sector Agropecuario frente a la Promoción de las BPA en Colombia?
ICA (Roberto Galindo), CCI (Adriana Senior), MADR (Claudia Cuervo), ICONTEC (Ricardo Bogotá), Analdex (Carlos Lozano)
14:45 - 15:30 Experiences and Challenges of the Columbian Market in Europe and the US / Experiencias y desafìos del mercado Colombiano en Europa y E.E.U.U.
John Edward Arias,
Advisor Senior Exports –Procolombia, Colombia
15:30 - 16:15 Perspectives and Excpectations of the European Market on Colombian Products / Perspectivas y expectativas del mercado europeo frente a los productos colombianos
Dr. Horst Lang, Head of QA & Environment, Globus SB Warenhaus Holding, GLOBALG.A.P. Board Member, Germany
16:15 - 17:00 Panel: Registration of Plant Protection Products in Colombia for Minor Crops / Panel: Registro de Productos Químicos en Colombia para Cultivos Menores
ICA (Roberto Galindo), Cámara Procultivos de la ANDI (Maria Helena La Torre), ANLA, INS, BCS
 17:00 Welcome Cocktail /  Coctel de Bienvenida
08:00 - 08:30 Food Defense in the Agricultural Production / Defensa de Alimentos en la Producción Agrícola
Daniél Catron, Senior Expert / Team Leader IPRO, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany
08:30 - 09:15 Allergenes in the Agricultural Production and it's Relation to GLOBALG.A.P. / Alérgenos en la Producción Agrícola y su Relación con GLOBALG.A.P.
Dr. Horst Lang, Head of QA & Environment, Globus SB Warenhaus Holding, GLOBALG.A.P. Board Member, Germany
09:15 - 09:45 FSMA - Food Safety Modernisation Act and it's relation to GLOBALG.A.P. / FSMA - Ley de Modernización de Inocuidad de los Alimentos y su Relación con GLOBALG.A.P. 
IICA Instituto Intermaericano de Desarrollo (Pilar agudelo); CCI (Piedad Constanza Ciro)
09:45 - 10:15 Social Responsibility (GRASP) and Chain of Custody / Responsabilidad Social (GRASP) y Cadena de Custodia
Dra. Ximena Franco Villegas, Director Florverde Sustainable Flowers, Colombia, Daniél Catron, Senior Expert / Team Leader IPRO, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany
10:15 - 10:30 Coffee Break / Café
10:30 - 12:30 Panel: Crop Water Management / Panel: Manejo del Agua en los Cultivos  
MADS (Diana Marcela Moreno); (Margarita Lopera), MADR (Nubia García); UPRA (Felipe Fonseca)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch / Almuerzo
14:00 - 17:30 Panel: GLOBALG.A.P. - More then a Certification / Panel: GLOBALG.A.P.  - Más que una Certificación
Augura (Maria Isabel Yoshioka); Asocolflores (Ximena Franco Villegas); Caucahass (Jesus Alfredo Camacho); SGS
17:30 - 18:00 Questions & Answers / Sesión Preguntas & Respuestas
 18:00 End of  Tour / Final del Tour

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