Manal has worked GLOBALG.A.P./EUREPGAP as early as 1998/1999. She has extensive experience with most of the international private standards, and is an approved trainer for GLOBALG.A.P., BRC, and BSCI. She is also a licensed auditor for FLO-CERT.
In 2008, she established Blue Moon Ltd. with a clear vision to integrate activities with local and international organizations that have the ability to “Think Global and Act Local”.
In 2011, Blue Moon initiated the USAID funded “Premium Project for Egyptian Small Growers” - www.smallgrowers-eg.com. The project aims to empower small producer organizations in Egypt and their members to improve their practice, and open a door for sustainable and direct trade relations with the higher tiers of the supply chain through compliance with GLOBALG.A.P. and Fairtrade standards. The project has created a success story, and was recently extended to August 2016 with the inclusion of 10 agriculture technical schools.
In view of the intensive need for a focused capacity building program for the “Premium Project”, Blue Moon decided to assume the role of a GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer. A “Memorandum of Understanding” was also signed with FAIRTRADE International.
On the social side, we take pride in facilitating the Egyptian Suppliers Ethical Trade Forum, which started in January 2010 with the intention to drive convergence among fruit & vegetable suppliers, and improve working conditions of workers in Egypt. The Forum is facilitated with the continual support of The Co-operative Food, UK; Marks and Spencer, UK; and Sainsbury’s, UK.
We also take pride in joining the UN Global Compact and the Business for Peace forum. http://unglobalcompact.org/participant/17871
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Panelist at: Parallel Session “Capacity Building”
Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 October, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Session Rooms 1&2
How can capacity building for farmers be efficient, sustainable and scalable – what works, what doesn’t and how to avoid reinventing the wheel? How can capacity building be more targeted to women in agriculture?