Spreading knowledge of good agricultural practices and facilitating their implementation on the ground

The GLOBALG.A.P. Academy and our capacity building projects with local partners are vital to our mission of achieving safe, sustainable agriculture worldwide.  We channel information and knowledge through our trainers, experts, and large network of independent consultants (GLOBALG.A.P. licensed Farm Assurers) to reach producers. Producers are then in a better position to make informed commercial decisions and receive professional guidance on their way towards certification and new market opportunities. 

The GLOBALG.A.P. Academy

The GLOBALG.A.P. Academy offers workshops and training programs to transfer our extensive certification experience, knowledge, and expertise to those who need it.  Targeted, up-to-date trainings are offered in various locations around the world. Due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, most trainings were held online. 

The following academy workshops took place in 2020

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For consultants and Farm Assurer applicants interested in offering services related to the GLOBALG.A.P. standard. The Farm Assurer workshops focus on the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard.


For those interested in learning about the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) control points and compliance criteria. Ideal for producers and producer groups seeking certification or those wishing to update their IFA compliance information.


For those interested in understanding how the GLOBALG.A.P. group and multisite certification system work.


For those seeking training on specific GLOBALG.A.P. add-ons, such as SPRING, TR4, GRASP, or FSMA. Participants receive detailed information on these tailored solutions.


GLOBALG.A.P. Academy is one of only two authorized SRP training providers worldwide and can offer the full range of SRP training solutions for producers and auditors.


For fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, good agricultural practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety practices.

  • Public workshops: Organized in cooperation with a local partner or directly by GLOBALG.A.P., open to the general public.
  • Private workshops: Customized solutions for your organization's specific training needs.

Workshops by Language

Workshops by Type

Workshops were held in eight different languages in 2020.

*Trainings were held on the following add-ons: GRASP, TR4. SPRING, and FSMA.

Capacity Building Projects

There were four capacity building projects underway in 2020. Click on a project to learn more.


GLOBALG.A.P. relies on independent third-party certification bodies to issue certificates. Only GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies may conduct GLOBALG.A.P. audits on farms, issue GLOBALG.A.P. certificates to producers, and update the GLOBALG.A.P. Database.

We would like to thank these certification bodies for being a valuable part of the GLOBALG.A.P. system. We recognize their continued efforts to improve performance and enable good agricultural practices to spread around the world! 

approved CBs
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countries with local offices
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Countries with Local Offices of GLOBALG.A.P. Approved Certification Bodies around the World


GLOBALG.A.P. is all about collaboration. Our partners share our commitment to the GLOBALG.A.P. principles of transparency, sustainability, and promoting good agricultural practices all over the globe.

GLOBALG.A.P. Country Partners 2020

In India

Contact: Shilpa Tyagi
Scope: Crops, Aquaculture, Livestock
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In Colombia

Contact: Adriana Senior Mojica
Scope: Fruit & Vegetables
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In Latvia

Contact: Liene Feldmane
Scope: Livestock, Fruit & Vegetables, Crops
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In the Dom. Republic

Contact: Gloria Roman
Scope: Fruit & Vegetables
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In Romania

Contact: Irina Florea
Scope: Fruit & Vegetables, Flowers and Ornamentals, PPM, Combinable Crops
Learn more


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The GLOBALG.A.P. Database is a key tool of the Integrity Program. It contains all the producers with a GLOBALG.A.P. certificate worldwide and their unique 13-digit identity number (GGN). Anyone can search the Database for a GGN and find all the relevant product and certification information for that producer. The Database enables instant and complete accessibility of registration and status data for every producer and product, thus ensuring traceability and transparency.

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GOBALG.A.P. Document Center

In the GLOBALG.A.P. Document Center you can find checklists, National Interpretation Guidelines, Benchmarking documents, feedback forms, fee tables, brochures and more. It is the go-to place for GLOBALG.A.P. resources.

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Farm Assurers are independent, GLOBALG.A.P. trained and approved consultants who provide expertise to producers. With first-hand knowledge about the GLOBALG.A.P. system and the latest industry developments, they make the standard easier to understand and help simplify audit preparations. 

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Number of Farm Assurers per Region in 2020

New Farm Assurers in 2020

Farm Assurer Name Country Website (if available)
Kenneth Nii Addy Ghana  
Lina Zuzeth Llorente Vergara Colombia  
Diocleciano Gayubo Rodriguez Spain  
Gabriel Jaime Restrepo Posso Colombia www.mascontrolconsultores
Yun-Soo Kim South Korea
Maria João Palmeiro da Silva Portugal
Mauricio Fernández Calvo Costa Rica  
Mikyas Bekele Woldeyes Ethiopia www.ehpea
João Carlos Figueira Amaral Rodrigues Portugal
Jonathan Schweikle Germany
Mmamotena Christine Rammutla South Africa  
Adolfo Infante Saavedra Peru  
Diana Marcela Gaglietti Argentina  
Olga Cecilia Moncada Rojas Colombia
Chidochashe Chitambira South Africa  
Sara Llopart Spain
Josh Hardin United States of America  
Luwis Mutendi United Kingdom  
Olga Maria Pérez Jiménez Dominican Republic
Diego Molina Montenegro Colombia
Eduardo Aguilera Ecuador  
Amal Isamukhamedov Uzbekistan  
Sofía Vega Alonso Spain
Yu-Sian Lin Taiwan  
Paula Somlay Argentina  
Ulugbek Mamaev Uzbekistan
Kadid Ahmed Algeria  
Morris Gitahi Kenya
Budin Mariana Carla Argentina  
Moruf Popoola Nigeria  
Américo Carlos Castillo Ramírez Mexico
Dayo Olunowo Nigeria
Oluseyi Akinwale Nigeria
Carlos andrés Peréz Caceres Colombia  
Bayana Oluma Gamada Ethiopia
Hirofumi Imataki Japan
Justin Bend South Africa
Christian Brendon Nithianandham South Africa
Thant Zaw Soe Myanmar  
Nokulunga Gasa South Africa
Mfundo Mahlase South Africa
Travis Bailey South Africa
Mandla Nkoana South Africa
Vuyisile Dlamini South Africa
Bhekimpumelelo Mdakane South Africa

Silver Seal Farm Assurers in 2020 (5+ years of service)

Those who achieved silver seal status for the first time in 2020 are highlighted in yellow. 

Farm Assurer Name Country Website (if available)
Fazal Hamid  United Arab Emirates
Qamar Zia United Arab Emirates
Stephan Imbery  Austria
Carlos Palacios Guatemala
Hector Carrillo Guatemala
Josue Teo Guatemala
Marwin Garzona Guatemala
Patricia Obichukwu  Nigeria
Manal Saleh  Egypt
Kliment Petrov Bulgaria
Jenna Wijngaarde  Suriname
Gaowen Liu China
Jell (Guancheng) Shu China
Aaron Avila  United States of America
Keith Heinrichs  United States of America
Indiana Mendilaharzu  Argentina  
Per-Otto Hjertenes  Norway  
Carolina De Lasa Andres Canada
Yves Leclerc  Canada
Seda Kizilok  Turkey  
Juli Ogden  United States of America
Maria Niculiu Romania
Avimael Campos Mexico  
Isidor ByeongDeok Yu South Korea
Iain Bennett-Hobbs Portugal


GLOBALG.A.P. recognizes other standards as equivalent. This form of benchmarking avoids the need for duplicate audits and simplifies certification for producers. In turn, this reduces costs, administration, time, and effort for producers, suppliers, and retailers – contributing to higher engagement in safe and sustainable agriculture,

GLOBALG.A.P. offers two levels of benchmarking recognition – equivalent schemes/checklists (full conformance) and resembling schemes (incomplete but substantial conformance). By gaining GLOBALG.A.P. approval, benchmarked schemes and checklists also enjoy international recognition – a valuable advantage in the highly competitive global market.

Benchmarked Schemes in 2020

Benchmarked Schemes and Approved Modified Checklists Equivalent to IFA V5

Scheme Name Scheme Owner Country Sub-Scope(s) Category Version
AMAG.A.P. Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH Austria FV Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - AMAG.A.P. version 2017
ChileG.A.P. Asociación de Exportadores de Frutas de Chile, A.G. (ASOEX) Chile FV Checklist GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - ChileG.A.P. version 5.2
EHPEA Code of Practice for Sustainable Flower Production (Silver Level) Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) Ethiopia FO, PPM Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - EHPEA version 5.1
IKB Varken Varkenshouders Kiwa VERIN B.V. Netherlands Pigs Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - IKB version 22
KFC Flowers and Ornamentals Sustainability Standard Kenya Flower Council Kenya FO Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - KFC version June 2019
MPS-GAP MPS Milieu Programma Sierteelt Netherlands FO, PPM Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.1 & 5.2 - MPS-GAP version 11 & version 11.1
naturane ANECOOP S. COOP. Spain FV Checklist GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - naturane version 5.2
New Zealand GAP Horticulture New Zealand Inc. New Zealand FV Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - New Zealand GAP version 6.2 October 2019
QS-GAP QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH Germany FV Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA 5.2 - QS-GAP version 4.0 & 2021
SwissGAP Hortikultur Verein SwissGAP Switzerland FO Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - SwissGAP Hortikultur Version2017-V2
Freshcare PLUS Freshcare Ltd Australia FV Checklist GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - FreshCare PLUS (IFA) - Edition 1

Benchmarked Schemes Resembling IFA V5

Scheme Name Scheme Owner Country Sub-Scope(s) Category Version
BOPP Grower Standard British Ornamental Plant Producers (BOPP) Certification Scheme United Kingdom FO Scheme* GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - BOPP version 4
Florverde Sustainable Flowers (FSF) Asocolflores Colombia FO Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - FSF version 7.1
IKB Nederland Varkens De Groene Belangenbehartiger (DGB) subsidiary Netherlands Pigs Scheme* GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - IKB Nederland Varkens version 11.0
Red Tractor Assurance for Farms Fresh Produce Scheme Assured Food Standards Ltd / Red Tractor Assurance United Kingdom FV Scheme* GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - Red Tractor version 4.2 October 2019
SwissGAP Früchte, Gemüse und Kartoffeln (FGK) Verein SwissGAP Switzerland FV Scheme GLOBALG.A.P. IFA version 5.2 - SwissGAP FGK version 2017-V2

* Supplement to reach equivalence is available.

List of New Applicants and Reapplications for IFA V5

Scheme Name Scheme Owner Country Sub-Scope(s) Category
AGROCALIDAD BPA Agencia Ecuatoriana de Aseguramiento de la Calidad del Agro - AGROCALIDAD Ecuador FV Checklist
ChinaGAP Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA) China FV, FO, CC, Tea Scheme
EHPEA Code of Practice for Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Production (Silver Level) Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) Ethiopia FV Scheme
FlorEcuador Asociación Nacional de Productores y Exportadores de Flores del Ecuador EXPOFLORES Ecuador FO Scheme
Freshcare PLUS (PSAS) Freshcare Ltd Australia PSAS Checklist
Vegaplan Standard for primary Crop Production Vegaplan vzw Belgium GLOBALG.A.P. CfP Scheme


The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrity Program activities:

Brand Integrity
Protecting the GLOBALG.A.P. brand by investigating incidents of improper logo use, fraudulent certificates, and non-authorized certification bodies.
Certification Body Training
Maintaining a high-level knowledge base by providing training and refresher courses.
Certification Body Approval
Ensuring a high standard of quality and integrity by approving each certification body that applies to certify against GLOBALG.A.P. standards.
Certification Integrity
Monitoring the performance of certification bodies through KPIs.
Customer Support
Providing complete, reliable, and accurate information.
Complaints Management
A fast and thorough response system to investigate any complaints.
Residues Monitoring System
A dedicated team of experts investigates complaints regarding maximum residue levels.
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Integrity Program 2020 in Numbers:

days of integrity assessments in 54 countries
certification body trainings
complaints processed
customer service requests

The Integrity Program publishes its own activity report each year. Click here to read the 2020 integrity report.