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May 30, 2007

EUREPGAP Appoints an Observer for Africa

EurepGAP confirmed the appointment of Dr. Johannes Kern as the Observer for Africa for an initial period until December 2008. The role is intended to provide technical support to EurepGAP members in developing countries, identifying ways that can facilitate the compliance of smallholder farmers with EurepGAP standards.

Nigel Garbutt, Chairman of EurepGAP, said, "We are delighted that in collaboration with DFID and GTZ we have been able to appoint Dr. Kern who has many years of experience working with standards implementation in Developing Countries. He will be involved in establishing new frameworks for best practice in smallholder certification, making the system more cost effective by developing the group certification model, as well as harmonising the approaches in Africa with smallholder schemes operating in Latin America and Asia."

The work of the Africa observer will be presented on an independent website.


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