PORTLAND – GLOBALG.A.P. North America, Inc. announces the launch of GLOBALG.A.P.’s revised Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard Version 6 and the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) add-on Version 2.
Representing the first implementation stage of the new smart farm assurance solutions vision, the new products offer streamlined, impact-driven, and connected solutions for the entire sector. The launch was marked by a live online event hosted by GLOBALG.A.P. and Fruitnet Media International featuring pre-recorded content in English and Spanish.
Free Informational Webinars
GLOBALG.A.P. will be running a free smart farm assurance solutions webinar series on the updated product range. Focusing on the new versions of IFA and GRASP, the webinars will take an in-depth and scope-specific look at everything connected with the standard and add-on, including new and revised content, the two editions of IFA v6 (Smart and GFS), compliance requirements, GLOBALG.A.P. IT systems, and much more.
The following sessions will be held in English for the North America audience:
IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables, Tuesday May 24, 11:00 a.m.-12:30PM Pacific
IFA v6 for aquaculture, Friday May 27, 11:00AM-12:30 p.m. Pacific
GRASP v2, Tuesday May 31, 11:00AM-12:30 p.m. Pacific
Registration link for all webinars may be found here.
IFA Version 6 driving smarter standards and add-ons
Marking the sixth version of GLOBALG.A.P.’s flagship offering, the new IFA standard is available for fruit and vegetables, aquaculture, flowers and ornamentals and hops. With over 200,000 producers worldwide already certified to IFA, v6 continues to take a holistic approach to farm assurance through the key topics of food safety, environmental sustainability, animal welfare, worker’s well-being, traceability, and production processes.
GLOBALG.A.P. Managing Director Dr. Elmé Coetzer-Boersma stated, “IFA v6 is GLOBALG.A.P.’s flagship standard in a new and improved format. It has a simplified structure and language, extended criteria on key issues such as sustainability and animal welfare, and – for the first time – continuous improvement at the producer level. Overall, it’s a smarter standard, fit for the future.” With a focus on the producer’s experience, IFA v6 offers streamlined, customized checklists that reduce duplication and simplify the audit process at the farm level.
IFA v6 is available in two parallel editions – v6 Smart, the flagship offering, and v6 GFS for those requiring GFSI recognition.
Farm-level social management with GRASP v2
GRASP has seen increased adoption across the sector, with over 110,000 producers successfully demonstrating compliance at the close of 2021. Version 2 of the add-on tackles some of the most pressing social issues facing the global supply chain including worker exploitation, child labor, and human rights. GRASP can be assessed at the same time as the IFA audit, providing a cost-effective way for producers to demonstrate social responsibility practices and for retailers to transparently source products from operations that are aligned to their corporate social responsibility policies.
Assessment is complemented by national interpretation guidelines of local legislation to help assessors and producers to understand local compliance systems. A country risk classification based on the Worldwide Governance Indicators issued by the World Bank also allows flexibility in evidence methods. GRASP is applicable to all production under IFA and is available for all sizes of farms, including smallholders.
GLOBALG.A.P. is a brand of smart farm assurance solutions developed by FoodPLUS GmbH in Cologne, Germany, with cooperation from producers, retailers, and other stakeholders from across the food industry. These solutions include a range of standards for safe, socially and environmentally responsible farming practices. The most widely used GLOBALG.A.P. standard is Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA), applicable to fruit and vegetables, aquaculture, floriculture, livestock, and more. This standard also forms the basis for the GGN label: The consumer label for certified, responsible farming and transparency. The GLOBALG.A.P. brand began its journey as EUREPGAP in 1997. 25 years later, over 200,000 producers are under GLOBALG.A.P. certification in 134 countries. Nearly 150 team members around the world are dedicated to the mission of spreading responsible farming practices to ensure safe food for future generations. GLOBALG.A.P. North America, Inc., is a subsidiary company dedicated to serving the needs of the USA and Canada markets.