Thursday, February 4, 2010

Good Agriculture Practices: Why

World agriculture in the twenty-first century is faced with three main challenges:
1) to improve food security, rural livelihoods and income;
2) to satisfy the increasing and diversified demands for safe food and other products; and,
3) to conserve and protect natural resources.
Agriculture is expected to assure food security in a range of settings, now and in the future, and is increasingly called upon to produce positive environmental, social and economic benefits. These challenges can be tackled in part through a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) approach - a means to concretely contribute to environmental, economic and social sustainability of on-farm production resulting in safe and healthy food and non-food agricultural products.