The Farmer-to-Farmer: Food Safety and Quality Program (F2F FSQ) will leverage the Global Markets Program (GMaP), owned by the Global Food Security Initiative (GFSI) for this assignment. The GMaP provides a framework of competencies and two toolkits, one for Primary Production and one for Manufacturing, to help growers and processors conduct a self-assessment to identify where they fall against a Basic or Intermediate Level of food safety and quality requirements. The toolkits were created so that companies could go through the checklist on their own to identify gaps they need to address to achieve the next level in the checklist whether that is basic, intermediate or ready for accredited certification.
Although the ultimate goal of the GMaP is a pathway towards certification, we recognize that this may not be appropriate for many SMEs because of cost, time, and market demand. Some SMEs may never seek to export to international markets but rather are trying to meet changing domestic consumer/market demands and can do this without certification. Regardless, the GMaP has combined internationally recognized best practices and has sequenced them into a checklist of milestones that shows what is needed for progression through each phase. This allows any business to work towards identifying corrective actions to take to ensure improved food safety management systems and improved market access opportunities.
The host started mung-beans trading since May 2015. They started purchasing mung-bean during the harvesting period (April- May) directly from farmers and selling to district level Arotdars. And also kept some mung-beans in store for 3-4 months to sell later when the market price gets higher. In the year of 2016 the host started its own retail shop at Barguna and made better profit. But by this time the host realized that the farmers have serious lack of knowledge on modern farming and post-harvest practices and also lack direct access to miller to get higher price. Realizing this market scenario in 2016 the host established a dal mill and implemented contract farming model. The host is committed to provide safe and quality products to its customers.
Accordingly, the host went through the self-assessment using GMaP checklist and identified food safety of good agricultural practices and traceability as the focusing areas for improvement. So, the host is seeking volunteer technical assistance for
- Reviewing the assessment with GMaP to confirming the specific food safety gaps
- Good Agricultural practices guideline to address the gaps
- Documentation guideline for establishing traceability.
The host supports and trains the farmers to produce mung-bean as per its demand. The host collects mung-bean directly from farmers, store in its storage, and process in own mill, do the packaging and marketing through its retail channel.
OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
To re-assess the gaps in existing operating procedures in reference to GMaP.
The host became aware on the specific gaps in their operating procedures in reference to GMaP
To guide in developing SOPs in reference to GMaP
The host got SOPs to comply with GMaP
To guide in documentation for establishing traceability
The host got a documentation guideline to establish traceability
The recruited volunteer is expected to have the following skills and qualifications:
Educational Background: Master’s in agriculture, or equivalent
More than 5 years of practical knowledge and experience in horticulture farming.
Training Skills, including training in group settings.
Good writing and computer skills
Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance.
Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters
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