AfriCert limited also offers assessments on GRASP version 1.3.1-i dated 01.07.2020 for both producers and producer groups in Horticulture and Floriculture. GRASP is GLOBAL GAP Risk Assessment on Social Practice. This is an add-on to GLOBAL G.A.P. standards(all sub scopes) regarding issues on social practice.
SPRING – SUSTAINABLE PROGRAM FOR IRRIGATION AND GROUNDWATER USE. version 1.1
70% of the world’s freshwater resources are used for agriculture. As pressure on this limited resource grows, agricultural supply chains will depend on a sustainable approach to water management. As a result, food system stakeholders are now expected to provide evidence documenting their efforts to manage water risks and promote sustainable practices.
SPRING is a farm-level add-on which helps producers, retailers, and traders demonstrate their commitment to sustainable water management and can be implemented together with the GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard for Crops. SPRING incorporates a wide range of criteria to assess sustainable water management on the farm. These include:
• Legal conformity of water sources and extraction rates
• Monitoring of water consumption
• Impact of producers on sustainable watershed management
• Best practices in water management
• Protection of water sources
• Measures to demonstrate continuous improvement of water management
Producers who successfully implement the SPRING add-on receive a certificate of conformity, which is also visible in the GLOBALG.A.P. database. Authorized supply chain stakeholders can also access the full audit report as a “SPRING observer” via the GLOBALG.A.P. database.
The SPRING add-on was originally developed by the Swiss retailer Coop in 2016 in collaboration with GLOBALG.A.P. The ownership of the standard was officially transferred to GLOBALG.A.P. in July 2019.