Agricultural producers, particularly small farmers, need to have their farms certified as GAP compliant to enhance the acceptability of their products. Several countries have developed their own GAP standards and certification systems. The lack of harmonization between national GAP schemes among countries and scarcity of affordable certifications, however, have often led to increased confusion and higher certification costs for farmers and exporters. Those with contractual relations with several retailers also complain about multiple audits against different criteria set by different groups of retailers every year.
An understanding of the approaches, principles, and standards of GAP and benchmarking of national GAP schemes against globally recognized guidelines like the GLOBALGAP standard is essential so that stakeholders in various APO member countries can properly orient and guide small farmers in meeting established GAP standards.
The Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in cooperation with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), is currently implementing a self-learning e-course with the following objectives: 1) to enable participants to understand the key concepts, as well as basic principles, tools, and techniques for promoting and adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAP); 2) to provide opportunities for SME farm production units to understand and adopt GAP in their production processes independently; and 3) to promote direct linkages between small and rural farmers and the market as adoption of GAP increases farm productivity and assures safe, sustainable production;
Target participants are government officers, agricultural extension workers, producers, academics, professional staff of regulatory bodies/certification bodies, consultants involved in training, auditing, and/or promotion of GAP, and other technical personnel with particular interest in GAP.
The structured self-learning e-course will be implemented through the APO’s dedicated e-learning website: http://www.eapo-tokyo.org. The participants can register on this website and create their own accounts. Ongoing registration is until March 1, 2018.
As the National Productivity Organization, the DAP invites the public to register and participate in this FREE learning opportunity.
Participants who pass the final exam will earn an e-Certificate courtesy of the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), and will also be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend the follow-up face-to-face multi-country APO project, subject to nomination requirements.
For more information, please refer to the poster advertisement or contact the APO/NPO Secretariat at Tel. No. 631-2143, or e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attn. Mr. Michael Del Mundo or Ms. Bonna Frias. Other details can also be found at these websites: http://www.dap.edu.ph (DAP); http://www.apo-tokyo.org (APO);
Note: Participants from non-APO member countries are welcome to take the course, but will not be provided certificate.