REGION: africa


ACTIVITY: Regional Workshop on Good
Agricultural Practices

COMMODITY: Fresh Fruit and Vegetables


A Regional workshop on Good Agricultural Practices in Eastern and Southern Africa: Practices and Polices was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 6 – 9 March, 2007. It was organised by FAO (with support from the Government of Norway), UNCTAD (under it's Consultative Task Force on Environmental Requirements and Market Access for Developing Countries), and the Kenyan National Task force on Horticulture as part of their on-going activities on appropriate good agricultural practices to foster national food safety and quality, sustainable natural resource management, fair working conditions and to foster market access.

Workshop objectives:
1) Exchange of experiences on challenges and implementation of GAP and strategic options for East and Southern African countries, with particular attention to viable adjustment approaches and supportive policies for small producers;
2) Draw lessons to prepare recommendations and guidance for implementation at national level;
3) Identify potential areas of cooperation on GAP at regional level;
4) Discuss follow-up activities and coordination needs by donors and other actors.

Workshop Report: (word)
Workshop flyer: (pdf)
Final Programme: (word)
Powerpoint Presentations (zip)



ACTIVITY: National Working Meeting on Good Agricultural Practices

COMMODITY: Fresh Fruit and Vegetables


A National Working Meeting on Good Agricultural Practices was held in Kampala, Uganda from 23 - 24 January 2007, and a high level policy meeting on 25 January 2007. It was jointly by the Horticulture Promotion Organization of Uganda (HPOU) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) with technical and financial assistance from FAO (with support from the Government of Norway). The purpose of the Working Meeting was for key stakeholders of the horticulture sector in Uganda to review the development and potential of GAP in Uganda, to revise the annotated Strategy for implementation of a National GAP programme, and to make recommendations for its further development.

The workshop was very successful, reaching agreement that Uganda should move forward on its on-going efforts to implement GAP, and deciding on initial elements of a strategy and the creation of a GAP Steering Committee, with the private sector platform HPOU to take the lead in convening the Committee.

Workshop Report: (word)
Final Programme: (word)
National Stakeholder Consultation: (word)



ACTIVITY: GAP Training Course in Sub-Saharan Africa



A Training Course on "Good Agricultural Practices in Sub-Saharan Africa" was organized by FAO (with support from the Government of Norway), Wageningen University and Makerere University from 30 October to 4 November 2006 in Kampala, Uganda. The training course was attended by over 30 participants from farmer and exporter organizations, agribusiness enterprises, government policy, extension and research from 9 countries (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Rwanda).

It used lectures, exercises, brainstorming, working groups, real life assignments in the field and the development of national action plans for GAP, to develop participants applied knowledge of challenges and opportunities for implementation of GAP.

Final Programme: (word)
Powerpoint Presentations (zip)



ACTIVITY: Good Agricultural Practice Training Course

COMMODITY: Fresh Fruit and Vegetables


A Training course entitled ‘Enhancement of Agricultural Export competitiveness of small farmers in the Near East and North African (NENA) Region through Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) training' was carried out as a Livelihood Diversification and Enterprise Development (LDED) mini-project in Cairo, Egypt, December 2006.

The purpose of this LDED project was to enhance competitiveness and market linkages for small farmers in the NENA region with GAP training. This was carried out by the development of GAP training materials to be used for the training of a number of groups of farmers in the horticultural sector in Egypt, to enhance export market penetration and increase small farmer incomes. The training and materials were developed and carried out in Arabic but the materials available in draft form in English.

Powerpoint Presentations (zip)



Activity: GAP Multi-Stakeholder Workshops,
Studies and Farmer Training

COMMODITY: Cotton-Cereal-livestock
COUNTRY: Burkina Faso


FAO is working with private and public national stakeholders to support the adoption of GAP in cotton-cereal-livestock systems, and to strengthen institutions to implement them.

Since 2003, various studies were conducted on GAP, sustainability and the cotton sub-sector in Burkina Faso.

A multi-stakeholder workshop (gathering donors, government policy makers, cotton processors, farmers unions, researchers, extension and women's groups) in 2004 identified key economic and environmental sustainability issues and stakeholders' priority actions for GAP development. Key mechanisms for capacity building and improved policies are set-up as a follow-up.

Farmers' training was launched in 2005 on GAP for Integrated Production Systems through Farmer Field Schools which will result in training curriculum replicable to other cotton producing countries in West African, for example Mali.

Systèmes agraires durables, vulnérabilité et bonnes pratiques agricoles dans l'Ouest du Burkina Faso
Actes de l'atelier FAO-INERA sur les Bonnes Pratiques Agricoles, Bobo Dioulasso 18-20 Mars 2004 (pdf)

Supplying Sustainable Cotton from West Africa to International Markets: Challenges and Opportunities
Report of the UNEP-FAO Workshop, Unesco, Paris, France, 28 February-1 March 2006 (word)

Background studies for the UNEP-FAO Workshop (word) (word)

Supporting Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in cotton-cereal-livestock systems in Burkina Faso to enhance farmers' livelihoods (pps)

Sustainable agricultural systems, vulnerability and good agricultural practices in West Burkina Faso (pdf)



Activity: Study on GAP uptake to improve Supermarket access
COMMODITY: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

A Study entitled, "Linkages between Smallholder Farmers and supermarkets in Zambia: what role for Good Agricultural Practices?" (html) Rome, Italy, 2003, was carried out in the fresh fruit and vegetable sector in Zambia, on the importance and potential of GAP to improve farmer access to supermarkets in rural areas.



Activity: Workshop on Good Animal Feeding Practices

COMMODITY: Feed Industry
South Africa


A meeting was organised in South Africa for the promotion for the Codex Code of Good Animal Feeding, in collaboration with the International Feed Industry Federation. FAO supported participation of representatives from Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia.



Activity: Workshop on Good Practices for the
Meat Industry
COMMODITY: Meat Industry
COUNTRY: Namibia

A workshop on Good practices for the meat Industry was held in conjunction with the Meat Board of Namibia, 2004, to promote the manual of Good Practices for the Meat Industry. FAO supported the participation of 8 countries. Proceeding available on CD.

Good Practices for the meat industry (pdf)



Activity: Workshop on Good Practices for the Poultry Sector
COMMODITY: Poultry Industry
COUNTRY: Tunisia

A workshop on Good Practices for the poultry sector was organised by the FAO in Tunisia, with the participants of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia, including representatives of governments, INGOs and industry.



Activity: International Conference on Good
Dairy Farming Practice
COMMODITY: Dairy Industry
COUNTRY: South Africa

An international conference was held in South Africa on Good Dairy Farming Practice, with support from FAO, OIE and attendance of representatives from more than 20 countries.

UBISI symposium (pdf)

Guide to Good Dairy Practice (html)

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