Raising awareness is key; AgroFair spreads the message whenever and wherever she can, for example on events like the science debate on this theme together with Prof. Dr. Gert Kema, organized by the University of Twente, last December 2016.
In her efforts to stop TR4, AgroFair is also active on the lobby side of the trade. In the spring of 2017, the organization that governs standardization and certification of agricultural practices, GlobalG.A.P., launched an “add-on” in its standards. The add-on encourages producers to take preventive biosecurity measures at the farm gate, following a strict protocol. AgroFair has worked hard at setting this aspect of the exclusion strategy into place.
As World Banana Forum member, AgroFair was actively involved in the preparation of this Add-on, delivering, among other things, a presentation in the Technical Meeting on Crops of GlobalG.A.P., in September of 2016, and supplying detailed comments on the draft document on control points and compliance criteria. In her role as coordinator of the WBF Task Force, AgroFair put a lot of effort into opening the Task Force network to this GlobalG.A.P. initiative.
In February of this year, and together with GlobalG.A.P., the FAO and the World Banana Forum, AgroFair organized an event on the TR4 threat at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. The event was targeted at different stakeholders of the banana industry: producers, traders, supermarkets and interest groups. One week earlier, teaming up with the World Banana Forum, AgroFair organized a Webinar on TR4 for small banana producers organized in the CLAC, the organization of fair-trade producers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This November 9th AgroFair will be present with some of our producers from South America at the Banana World Forum in Geneva. Our colleague Luud Clercx will lead the panel discussion: Future of bananas: Managing the risks of Fusarium wilt TR4 : http://www.fao.org/world-banana-forum/wbf3/programme/en/