localg.a.p. - The Stepping Stone to Safe and Sustainable Agriculture

Consumers worldwide are increasingly demanding quality foods, produced safely and sustainably. Retailers around the world are rising to meet the challenge by demanding implementation of good agricultural practices including food safety from their producers.

In some cases, especially in the case of emerging and/or small-scale producers, it can be tricky situation, because:

  1. Retailers: Have limited sourcing possibilities, due to producers who may not formally comply to any food safety requirements as yet, or producers are not able to achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certification immediately; and
  2. Producers: Face the challenges of accessing local and regional markets  without any compliance to standards or certification for their products.

The localg.a.p. program offers the  PRIMARY FARM ASSURANCE (PFA) STANDARD , that is a sub-set of the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard. It is the entry/ lowest level of the GLOBALG.A.P. family of products and not covered under the certification scope.

OUR SOLUTION? localg.a.p. “localg.a.p.” is a verified capacity building programme specifically designed by GLOBALG.A.P. for agricultural supply chains of developing economies and emerging markets.  It helps producers to adopt good agricultural practices which improve the efficiency of farm management, cut exposure to food safety risks, comply with legislation on food safety, and to access local and regional markets.  It is also a key building block for producers who need GLOBALG.A.P. IFA certification to access demanding markets.  With this tool buyers will be able to increase their sourcing possibilities by developing a network of reliable producers that is already linked to an international recognized standard namely GLOBALG.A.P. IFA.

The ultimate intention is progression to better practices on farm level. When IFA certification level is not the intented target, the required level of compliance shall be determined by the market.

The following can be acceptable “end goal” levels:

(i)     PFA Intermediate Level (only assessment level, not suitable for export); or

(ii)   Produce Safety Assurance standard (certification level, but with focus only on food safety and traceability from the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard), or

(iii) GLOBALG.A.P. IFA (certification level which covers food safety, worker health and safety and environmental sustainability).

The status of a PFA assessed producer can be validated in the GLOBALG.A.P. database.

Training is an essential component of any capacity building program or when new standards are established. For more information have a look at our Capacity Building webpage.

For assistance, kindly send an email to: localgap@globalgap.org