Quality assurance is a priority at ASNAPP. Retailers and international markets have strict quality, and health and safety requirements which must be satisfied before they will buy producers wares. By creating awareness and establishing quality, health and safety control systems ASNAPP is able to facilitate small and emerging farmer participation in high value markets.
ASNAPP has partnered with Rutgers University and other institutions to:
• Build the capacity of rural farmers in good agricultural practices, good collection practices and sustainable harvest methods.
• Build the capacity of micro-enterprises to develop and implement quality systems that enable them to compete for formal domestic markets and export markets.
• Conduct scientific analysis on selected products towards quality improvement and value addition.
ASNAPP has been supporting smallholder farmers in Livingstone, Zambia since 2006. One of our support aspects is the implementation of a product traceability scheme. Fresh produce can now be traced, from the packhouse or final destination, back to the individual grower. Growers producing poor quality produce can now be easily identified and assisted in improving their produce quality.
In 2011, ASNAPP together with Stellenbosch University and USAID, hosted the Regional Postharvest Training Program in Lusaka, Zambia. This program focused on postharvest physiology and technology of horticultural crops. The program gave participants, from around Southern Africa, the opportunity to learn how to mitigate postharvest losses and improve food safety and quality.
The Tshwaraganang Hydroponics Company in Windsorton, aided by ASNAPP, obtained their GlobalGap certification in 2011, after just three years in operation. This forms part of the measures to improve its’ internal quality systems and to facilitate the continuous supply of vegetables to Freshmark.