The Food Safety, Ethical, and Environmental Standards (STA) innovation was based in the Mopani District in Limpopo Province and the first phase took place over ten months from October 2014 until July 2015.
It targeted 15 market-orientated smallholder farmers in loose and tight value chains. Through the study, the SAFL aimed to support smallholder farmers to reach compliance with an entry-level food safety standard, localg.ap., in order to sell their produce to supermarkets. The study identified some key factors that must form part of future localg.a.p. programmes if they are to be successful. These may be most useful for programme owners such as SPAR. They include:
Some basic recommendations for organisations training smallholder farmers in localg.a.p. include:
The full research report is available here.
SAFL successfully submitted another proposal to the Government of Flanders. The first phase of the STA study focussed on localg.a.p., which is a food safety standard. However, the next phase saw SAFL working with WWF, SIZA, PGS-SA, Solidaridad, and other market-related organisations to develop an integrated food safety, environmental, and ethical standard. The workshop took place at STIAS in Stellenbosch on 25 and 26 February 2016. The workshop report is available here.
For further information, please contact the project manager, Dr Anri Manderson at email@example.com.
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Government of Flanders (through the South African Treasury)
Two compliant localg.a.p. farmers
Final research report
Integrated market standard workshop