The GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT kicked off  with a breakfast session dedicated to small-scale growers, producer groups and farmers in emerging countries.

The day continued with our famous roundtable sessions and an opportunity to discuss directly with our committee members, that means our Retail, Food Service, Supplier & Producer Members. At 4 parallel-running sessions every hour, our committees presented the first catalogue of changes to the control points and compliance criteria that make the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard the most widely accepted farm assurance system in the world.

We rounded off the day with a special dinner invitation to all our members!

Download the conference presentations here.

9:00 a.m.

Session Rooms 1-4

Welcome & Opening

Kristian Moeller, CEO & Secretary of GLOBALG.A.P. opens the SUMMIT 2014.

9:05 a.m.

Session Rooms 1-4

Small-Scale Farmers: The Backbone of Agriculture

The Conference kicks off with a breakfast session that is dedicated to small-scale growers, producer groups, and farmers in emerging countries.

Designed as a platform for producer groups around the globe to present their success models and innovative ideas, the main focus will be on mutual learning and information exchange. Feedback from the various sessions to take place will feed into the GLOBALG.A.P. Revision Process as valuable input.

The session starts with a short introduction followed by a presentation highlighting the current research status for working with and supporting small-scale farmers.

Moderator: Morag Webb, Policy Advisor, COLECAP, Belgium

Latest research findings and case studies of successful models around the world that integrate small-scale farmers in local and international supply chains. This will demonstrate how actively supporting smallholders to access markets reduces poverty and ensures food security.

Derek Baker, Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chains, University of New England, Australia


10:00 a.m.

Session Rooms 1-4, Prefunction Area

Networking Break – Share Your Inspiration!

Enjoy a warm or cold beverage in the networking area and be sure to check out the exhibitors!

11:00 a.m.

Session Rooms 1-4

4 Regions – 4 Stages – 4 Models of Success

A platform consisting of 4 stages, from 4 continents, where an expert group from a specific country demonstrates its success models and innovative solutions. The focus of each session’s presentation will be to show how each business model was designed to adapt to the specific market conditions and requirements. They demonstrate the varied solutions producer groups have developed to meet consumer and market demand for assured farm practices, and show how their producers have benefited from these efforts. The 45-minute presentations, which include a 15-min Q&A session, will be repeated a total of two times, giving delegates the opportunity to hop from one stage to the next and participate in all the sessions.

Stage 1: Guatemala

Nancy Paola Chun Chun, 4 Pinos, Guatemala

Stage 2: Madagascar

Yvan Razakandisa, General Manager, Quality Mad, Madagascar
Bounganavanh Rafidimanana, Fruid’îles Export S.A., Madagascar

Stage 3: Spain

Enrique de los Ríos Porra, General Manager, Unica Group S.C.A., Spain

Stage 4: United Arab Emirates

Amer Alkatheeri, Good Agricultural Practices Senior Officer, Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, UAE
Fadi Abuhalimeh, Produce Supply Unit Head, Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre, UAE

1:00 p.m.

Session Rooms 1-4, Prefunction Area

Networking Lunch – You’re invited!

We have organized a delicious buffet lunch for all our delegates in the networking area. Stop by our GLOBALG.A.P. booth and learn more about our products and services!

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2:00 p.m.

Session Rooms 1-4

Roundtable Sessions – Main Focus: Revision Process for GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard

Our famous roundtable sessions offer you an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

This is your chance to work right at the source. Our committee members, that means our Retail, Food Service, Supplier & Producer Members, will be presenting the first catalogue of changes to the control points and compliance criteria that make the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard the most widely accepted farm assurance system in the world. Here’s your chance to discuss directly with them, share your concerns and your feedback, and make a valuable contribution to the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Standard.It’s your voice that makes all the difference, and we want to hear it!

How it works: 4 roundtable rooms with four parallel-running roundtable discussions on specific topics. Some of these discussions are repeated in different rooms at different times, giving you the opportunity to take part in as many as you’d like. The rooms are open door, so delegates can move around easily from one roundtable to another.

Roundtable Schedule

ScheduleRoundtable Room 1Roundtable Room 2Roundtable Room 3Roundtable Room 4
2 - 2:45Microbial Risk Management in the Fruit & Vegetables Standard

Flowers & Ornamentals Standard in V5Water Management in V5Livestock Standard in V5
3 - 3:45Microbial Risk Management in the Fruit & Vegetables StandardAquaculture Standard in V5Water Management in V5Livestock Standard in V5
4 - 4:45Sustainability in Crops ProductionAquaculture Standard in V5GRASP – GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social PracticeChain of Custody Standard in V5
5 - 5:45Sustainability in Crops ProductionGLOBALG.A.P. Group CertificationGRASP – GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social PracticeChain of Custody Standard in V5



Today, consumers enjoy one of the safest supplies of fresh produce in the world. But, over the last several years, the outbreaks of foodborne illnesses caused by microbial contamination in fresh fruit and vegetables have increased. We will present the latest toolkits developed by our experts to help prevent microbiological contamination as well as an overview of specific training/education we have devised for auditors/inspectors, producers, retailers, farm assurers and consultants.

Ian Harrison, Technical Director – Produce, ASDA, UK
Ignacio Antequera, Standards Manager, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany


Retailer and supplier members from the Aquaculture committee will present the latest proposals for the new IFA Aquaculture Standard V5.

Mark Nijhof, Manager Sustainability, Heiploeg International, The Netherlands
Valeska Weymann
, Standard Management Aquaculture, Feed, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany


Sustainable production of livestock is getting increased consumer attention around the world.

Issues include animal welfare in poultry production, biosecurity and the effects of reducing the use of antibiotics and medicines on food safety in livestock production, as well as changes proposed for the Livestock Standard Version 5.

Kjaer Asger Nielsen, Head of Quality Assurance, Danish Pig Research Centre,
Derk Oorburg, Group Quality Manager, VION, The Netherlands
Paulo Roberto Pelissaro, JBS Food, Brazil
Roland Aumueller, Standard Management Livestock, Feed, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany


Learn all about the new points considered for adaption in V5 of the Flowers and Ornamentals Standard.
Friedrich Luedeke, Customized Solutions & Training, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany


Water scarcity is a problem for about 700 million people in 43 countries. Projections say, this figure will rise to 4 billion by 2030. The GLOBALG.A.P. stakeholder committee has tackled the issue and will propose workable solutions that can help farmers better deal with the water scarcity challenges to come. Get an overview of the additional control points developed by SHC Water and trialed in 2013.

Peter Ensor, Planning & Studies Section Manager, Abu Dhabi Farmer Service Center ADSFC, UAE
Elmé Coetzer, Product Development Manager, GLOBALG.A.P., South Africa


The Sustainability in Crop Production SHC is focused on the environmental sustainability aspects of Good Agricultural Practices  in crops certification.  The SHC willl present finidings from its first stage of work, which explored strategic opportunities to expand GLOBALG.A.P.’s coverage of environmental sustainability through IFA and Add-ons.

Annelot van Leeuwen, Program Officer Sustainable Fruit & Vegetables, Solidaridad, The Netherlands
Roberta Joy Anderson, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist & Consultant to GLOBALG.A.P., USA
Robert Denny, International Risk Reduction Consultant, Lithuania


Recent findings have shown that GLOBALG.A.P. Certification has a positive impact on worker welfare as farm workers are given more training. Though workers on large certified farms earn more than those on small farms, they also show more health problems. Certification on small farms is associated with higher satisfaction of workers with their lives compared to workers on non-certified small farms.

The GRASP SHC will present the improved GRASP tools that were reviewed based on feedback received during the last 2 years of running the add-on. The GRASP Checklist will be refined and requirements for producer groups and the qualification of auditors have been reviewed.

Morag Webb, Policy Advisor, COLECAP, Belgium
Raphael Schilling, Sustainability/Economic Policy, Coop, Switzerland
Kerstin Uhlig, Manager Corporate Relations, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany


The new version of the GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification Standard is designed to ensure segregation and traceability throughout the supply chain and covers all GLOBALG.A.P. certified products (crops, livestock and aquaculture). Only through full monitoring and control of the entire supply chain can we fully reassure consumers of the integrity of GLOBALG.A.P. certified products, their certified status, and their origin. The CoC standard is based on a system that regulates proper identification of every player in the chain,input check via certification validity, accurate labeling, product segregation and traceability, and validation through mass balance.

Miodrag Mitic, Managing Partner, European Traceability Institute
Gerard van der Ven, Certification Manager, ISACert B.V.
Andras Fekete, Director Compliance, GLOBALG.A.P., Hungary


The session will provide an overview of the proposed changes concerning:

  1. Alternatives to current inspection frequency and sampling methods.
  2. Approval of the extended requirements for internal traceability and segregation of products.
  3. Proposals for development of current requirements for internal inspectors and auditors and the internal controls.

José Vincente, Anecoop, Spain
Marion Handel, Quality Department, VOG – Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Growers’ Cooperatives, Italy
Ignacio Antequera, Standards Manager, GLOBALG.A.P., Germany

6:00 p.m.

Session Rooms 8

News Conference

GLOBALG.A.P. Board, CEO and Directors will inform about new initiatives and collaborations in the industry.

7:30 p.m.

Member Dinner

All attending Members who have registered for the Member Dinner are invited to an exceptional cultural experience. Register here.

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