GLOBALG.A.P. is an internationally recognized standard for Good Agricultural Practices. Since 2007, our team has supported the implementation of the social module GRASP in South Spain. GRASP stands for GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice, which is a voluntary module developed to assess social practices on the farm, addressing specific aspects of workers’ health, safety and welfare.

GLOBALG.A.P. assigned our team the task of conducting a study on the outcomes of the implementation of GRASP in Spain. Our services included:

  • Evaluation of the short-term and medium-term outcomes of the implementation of GRASP regarding working conditions on farms, with a special focus on social issues known to be critical.
  • Evaluation of the long-term impacts of the implementation of GRASP in a limited approach.
  • Review of whether the most important social issues on farms are covered by the GRASP criteria and if the module has unexpected mid- and long-term impacts.
  • Identification of opportunities to improve the implementation of GRASP.

The impact assessment provided valuable information for the update to GLOBALG.A.P GRASP and for the improvement of programs fostering its application. The results of the study were presented by Niels Ferdinand at the GLOBALG.A.P Summit 2016 in Amsterdam during a session titled:

Business as usual or real improvement:
What are the impacts of implementing GRASP?