In response to global industry needs, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment programme (FSA) has been integrated with independent certification system GLOBALG.A.P. By answering just a few additional FSA-inspired questions, farmers using GLOBALG.A.P. can achieve industry-wide sustainability recognition.
This full integration of FSA and GLOBALG.A.P. certification is an important step forward for food supply chains around the world. With one audit, farms can demonstrate GLOBALG.A.P. compliance and up to the highest level of FSA equivalence while integrating food safety and sustainability in one on-farm approach.
This alliance is crucial, said Joe Rushton, FSA manager at SAI Platform. “GLOBALG.A.P. and the FSA is a strong partnership that naturally integrates food safety and sustainability into one harmonized on-farm approach,” he said. “Our alliance also brings us ever closer to a common definition of sustainable agriculture that farmers, food manufactures and policy makers need.”
Buyers who want to make sustainability claims about their produce can request the growers in their supply chains to complete the FSA ‘Add-on’. The Add-on ensures that a range of additional on-farm environmental best practice is delivered, including responsible management of water as well as protecting and encouraging biodiversity.
Companies wanting to make FSA claims are also seeing the business benefits due to its promise to be simple. GLOBALG.A.P. auditors are able to check the additional FSA questions at the same time as the standard GLOBALG.A.P. audit. This combined one-stop audit drives a more efficient supply chain, allowing resources to be freed up for improvement with no extra effort.
“Having implemented GLOBALG.A.P.’s food safety and farm assurance system, I have seen how, with little additional efforts, our farmers were able to add proof for the additional sustainability points during the trial assessments of the new joint product,” said Dr Elmé Coetzer- Boersma, vice-president and chief standards officer at GLOBALG.A.P. “They can now respond to the growing demand to verify on-farm sustainability and connect to more customers.”
With one audit, farms can demonstrate
GLOBALG.A.P. compliance and up to the highest level
of FSA equivalence while integrating food safety and
sustainability in one on-farm approach.