Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) has on the basis of specific food recommendations and is ensured by Global GAP worldwide.Â The food industry, consumers and the development community are everyday more and more concerned about the food they are producing is safe to eat. The progressive values and changes associated with agriculture in many developed countries have given rise in the past twenty years to a wide array of social, environment and quality standards, codes of practices and certification programs in agriculture and the food sector. Governments in developed countries have established regulations on food safety and quality, voluntary standards on organic agriculture and sustainability assessment schemes. A multiplicity of GAP codes standards and regulation have also appeared from governments, NGOs, CSOs as well as producers organization and food industries, claiming to codify sustainable agriculture at farm level.
The scope of a given GAP scheme reflects its intended objectives, which can vary from ensuring food safety and quality of food produce and allowing traceability; or creating product differentiation; or minimizing the negative environmental externalities of agriculture; or creating new opportunities and more just conditions for small farmers in developing countries.
Keeping in mind the great untapped potential of the Good agriculture Practices (GAP) and the demand for qualified and experienced professionals with greater knowledge and awareness about this promising field, Faculty of Food Safety and Quality, IGMPI has launched the GAP Certification Programme.