Background to the Programme
The Grown Safe Certification Programme (GSCP) is a pilot programme formed under the Making Agriculture Profitable and Sustainable (MAPS) Project supported by the IDB LAB, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG).
The MAPS project was developed as a market-driven approach to protect and restore vulnerable agricultural ecosystems, while improving small scale farmers’ profitability and enhancing their resilience to climate change. The project aims to increase farmers’ adoption of climate smart agricultural practices by providing direct access to high value markets and increased profits through testing and certification of their produce.
The programme utilizes the collaboration and technical expertise of key state, multilateral, private sector and civil society organisations to support the implementation and management of programme activities. Key partners include the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO), the Caribbean Agricultural Research Institute (CARIRI) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
A brand of fresh produce “GROW”, accessible to certified and contracted farmers has also been developed under the GSCP programme. GROW will be used to test consumer behaviour as it relates to the purchase of tested and certified produce. The brand is intended to be sold at selected Massy Stores nationwide, where profits generated will be allocated to the continuity of the programme.