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The Grown Safe Certification Programme (GSCP) is a voluntary programme that provides training, monitoring and testing to certify that farmers are adhering to international standards on food safety and good agricultural practices. The programme aims to facilitate local small scale farmers’ access to high-value markets and provide a reliable and recognisable source of safe produce for consumers. Learn more here.

Programme Objectives

The Grown Safe Certification Programme (GSCP) was established to:

  1. Engage and encourage farmers in the adoption of more sustainable and climate resilient agricultural practices. 
  2. Provide a recognisable certification for farmers to brand and differentiate their products in high-value markets.
  3. Promote food safety and build retailer and consumer trust and confidence in locally produced foods.

Why should farmers become certified?

What does the GSCP offer?
  • A series of free farmer development training provided by experts in the agricultural sector.
  • Direct field support and monitoring by Field Officers via the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO).
  • Testing of crops and water (irrigation) sources for pesticide residues and microbial bacteria to determine farm health, via the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and international accredited labs.
  • A Brand of fresh produce with direct access to a high value market, accessible to interested certified farmers.
Benefits
  • Farmers will be better equipped to meet new national and international food safety and certification standards which will enhance export and business development opportunities.
  • A future initiative of the programme is the access and use of the official GSCP seal/logo. Certified farmers with their own brands can differentiate their produce and compete with other high-value products.
  • All individual certified farmers are logged into an online database which can inform consumers and producers of their current certification status, increasing consumer awareness and confidence in farms produce.
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Certification Process

Step 1: Enrolment
Farmers who meet the programme's entry criteria can complete the online registration form or speak directly to a NAMDEVCO Field Officer to enroll into the programme.
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Step 2: Training
Enrolled farmers will be notified to attend a mandatory training on good agricultural practices involving proper pesticide use and food safety handling in the production of fresh produce.
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Step 3: Pre-evaluation and Site Inspection
Trained farmers will receive monitoring and field inspections to ensure farms meet the criteria for testing.
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Step 4: Testing
Sampling and testing of fresh produce and water sources will be conducted for pesticide residue levels and microbial bacteria.
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Step 5: Certification
Farmers who have passed the testing criteria will then be certified as a GSCP producer. Certification takes on average 8-12 weeks to obtain and is valid for a period of 1 year.
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Step 6: Monitoring
Field support is provided to certified producers’ to ensure that guiding principles are being followed, inclusive of random re-testing and training throughout the certification period.
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Contact Us

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