Organic certification scheme (EU Equivalent)

Africert is accredited and approved for EU organic certification for Category A- plant production, Category B – Bee keeping and Category D – organic processing of agricultural products for use as food. Our accreditation and approval scope covers the following countries-Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa,Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

The accreditation is focusing on the EU organic certification requirements which are defined in the EC regulations number 834/2007, 889/2008. Our current scope is on Crop production ,livestock (Beekeeping) and organic processing of agricultural products for use as food. With this, AfriCert hopes to serve farmers better and more closely to meet the ever-growing demand for organic production.

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The Rainforest Alliance 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior

Rainforest Alliance works with farmers to ensure compliance with the RA standards for protecting wildlife, wild lands, workers’ rights and local communities. Farms that meet these rigorous standards are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal.

Applicants are audited and certified against the following Rainforest Alliance 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard:

  • Farm Requirements
  • Supply Chain requirements

GlobalG.A.P. –  fruits and Vegetables

What is GLOBALG.A.P.?

The challenge of globalising markets is nowhere greater than in the primary food sector. GLOBALG.A.P. (formerly known as EUREPGAP) has established itself as a key reference for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the global market place, by translating consumer requirements into agricultural production in a rapidly growing list of countries – currently more than 80 on every continent.

  • GLOBALG.A.P. is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe. The aim is to establish ONE standard for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) with different product applications capable of fitting to the whole of global agriculture.
  • a pre-farm-gate standard, which means that the certificate covers the process of the certified product from farm inputs like feed or seedlings and all the farming activities until the product leaves the farm. a business-to-business label and is therefore not directly visible to consumers.
  • GLOBALG.A.P.certification is carried out by more than 100 independent and accredited certification bodies in more than 80 countries. It is open to all producers worldwide.
  • GLOBALG.A.P. includes annual inspections of the producers and additional unannounced inspections.
  • GLOBALG.A.P.consists of a set of normative documents. These documents cover the GLOBALG.A.P.General Regulations, the GLOBALG.A.P. control points and compliance criteria and the GLOBALG.A.P.Checklist.

As many other on-farm assurance systems have been in place for some time prior to the existence of GLOBALG.A.P., a way had to be found to encourage the development of regionally adjusted management systems and so to prevent farmers from having to undergo  multiple audits. Existing national or regional farm assurance schemes that have successfully completed their benchmarking process are recognised as an equivalent to GLOBALG.A.P..

The GLOBALG.A.P. standard is subjected to a revision of continuous improvement to take into account technological and market developments.

4C – Common Code for Coffee Community – A global association

1) Within the 4C Services, coffee producers, exporters, trade and industry and civil society from around the world work together for more sustainability in the entire coffee sector. 2) This global community has joined forces to continuously improve the social, environmental and economic conditions for the people making their living with coffee. 3) Main pillars of 4C are a code of conduct, rules of participation for trade and industry, support mechanisms for coffee farmers, a certification system and the participatory governance structure. 4) The 4C Code of Conduct applies to any type of producing entity (4C Units) based in any coffee producing country that wish to produce and sell coffee as 4C Compliant. 5) The term 4C Unit is very inclusive and covers any type of production facility and/or process: it can be a group of small producers, a cooperative or a farmers’ association, local trader, a mill or an export organization A 4C Unit can be established at any stage of the coffee supply chain with two basic pre-requisites:
-Production volume: minimum of 20 tons (or one container) of green coffee
-Management capacity: a person/ group of persons managing the 4C Unit to implement the 4C Code of Conduct.

The 4C Certification System

The 4C Certification System aims at helping entities to be audited (4C Units) to know where they are with regard to the 4C Code of Conduct implementation and keep the momentum on the continuous improvement path. The 4C audit service is performed by professional independent third-party auditor companies approved by the 4C Services

The Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT)

The Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) certification label is awarded to companies that meet the criteria of the Ethical BioTrade Standard. They join a growing movement of brands committed to ethical sourcing of ingredients from biodiversity.UEBT and the Rainforest Alliance have developed a joint Herbs & Spices Programme. All ingredients certified under this new programme will be able to carry the Rainforest Alliance certification seal. With this partnership, UEBT builds on the positive track record of the UEBT/UTZ cooperation in herbal tea, the decades-long experience of the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ in sustainable agriculture certification and UEBT’s expert knowledge of ethical sourcing of ingredients from biodiversity, including those ingredients collected from the wild.

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