05 May 2021
Farm assurance standard for Walmart
WALMART and the IPM Institute of North America have been working with GLOBALG.A.P. to ensure the suitability of the globally-applicable Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard for potatoes, carrots and other crops. The Integrated Farm Assurance standard is now included as part of Walmart’s biodiversity benchmark.
GLOBALG.A.P. is a global certification program whose mission is to bring farmers and retailers together to produce and market safe food, to protect scarce resources, and to build a sustainable future.
Over the past year, The Sustainability Consortium has hosted a working group to set criteria for Responsible Pest Management (RPM) best practices in agriculture.
This work resulted in the development of the RPM Framework and User Guide. The RPM Framework supports producers in integrating responsible pest management practices and aligns industry standards across certification and compliance programs.
Through this working group, retailers are able to explore the role they can play.
“As a company that works with so many suppliers and brands, we appreciate GLOBALG.A.P.’s robust certification because it helps suppliers meet pest management and food safety requirements in a single audit,” said Anabella de Freeman, Sr. Manager of Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives in Produce for Walmart.
Farms with GLOBALG.A.P. IFA certification, will already be in compliance with Walmart U.S.’s new requirement to have IPM practices verified by a third party by 2025. Farmers supplying Walmart U.S. and choosing GLOBALG.A.P.’s IFA standard will now have the added benefit of meeting Walmart’s food safety and biodiversity requirements with a single audit and certificate.