IIED and NRI's research on the costs and benefits of GlobalGAP compliance for small-scale growers (SSGs) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has shown that there are evident barriers to sustaining access to export horticulture markets. Financial costs and technical requirements are high. Those SSGs already in the export business that are required to comply to continue exporting often complain prices received do not increase whilst costs of compliance are high. Nevertheless, the opportunity to upgrade production activities is something highly-valued in itself by these SSG. The perceived benefits at farm and rural economy level are high for those able to comply. Further, the benefits for exporters are evidenced by high levels of financial, technical and flexible support provided to SSG. Donor commitment to this trade provides an important startup input. Going forward, realizing and sustaining these benefits across farms and economies requires appropriate investments over appropriate timelines that stimulate rather than replace incentives to upgrade production.
IIED; NRI. Fresh Perspectives Issue 7. Costs and benefits of GLOBAPGAP compliance for smallholders:synthesised findings. (2008) 3 pp.