GLOBALG.A.P. is one of the leading certification standards for Good Agricultural Practices worldwide. The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Standard covers the main scopes of agricultural production, namely crops, livestock and aquaculture. Today, more than 188,000 farms in over 125 countries are GLOBALG.A.P. certified and these certified products can be found in major supermarkets around the world.

GLOBALG.A.P. encouraged young researchers to submit original and relevant research pieces on subjects related to Good Agricultural Practices for presentation in the form of a poster at the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018 in Perú on 5-7 November.

The winner of the best poster (just scroll down here to see it), Arati Joshi from Nepal, was invited to give a presentation at the SUMMIT 2018 conference, but unfortunately could not attend. Watch her video presentation here!

GLOBALG.A.P. provided travel and accommodation expenses for her. Additionally, the top 5 finalists were invited to attend the SUMMIT 2018 free of charge. The posters were displayed during the conference and on the GLOBALG.A.P. website.


Dr. Horst Lang
Head of Quality Assurance & Environment, Globus SB Warenhaus Holding GmbH & CO. KG
Former GLOBALG.A.P. Board Member

In 2016, Bert Urlings and Horst Lang, as GLOBALG.A.P. board members, created the Young Academics Program to give young researchers an opportunity to present their work and ideas to professionals and decisionmakers of the agricultural sector.


The SUMMIT 2018 focused on the following topics:

On Farm

  • Managing food safety risks
  • Land cropping systems, special focus: Nutrient recycling
  • Aquaculture, special focus: role of GAP for “One Health”
  • Livestock, special focus: role of GAP for “One Health”
  • Integrated management of crop protection or livestock protection agents
  • Social aspects (e.g. workers’ health, welfare and safety)

System related

  • Role of IT tools in the improvement of assurance, credibility and trust building
  • Multi-stakeholder involvement, special focus: engaging with governmental institutions
  • The value of food safety in food supply chains
  • Capacity building, special focus: effectiveness of farmer training
  • Local/regional strategies to increase G.A.P. adoption and market recognition in producing countries
  • Key performance indicators for sustainability
  • How to make sense of “Big Data” for farm assurance and farm certification?


The jury was composed by members of Universities, industry and retail.

Dr. Horst Lang
Head of Quality Assurance & Environment, Globus SB Warenhaus Holding GmbH & CO. KG
Former GLOBALG.A.P. Board Member

Dr. Bert Urlings
Corporate Director Quality Assurance, VION Food Group
Former GLOBALG.A.P. Board Member
The Netherlands

Prof. Lise Korsten
Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Prof. Liliana María Aragón Caballero
Decan of the Faculty of Agronomy,
Department of Phytopathology
Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina

Dr. Steven M. Jaffee
Lead agricultural economist
World Bank
United States of America

Mr. David Gombas
Senior Vice President, United Fresh Produce Association, retired and past Chair of the GLOBALG.A.P. USA NTWG.
United States of America



The jury will select and review submitted abstracts based on quality and relevance of the subjects listed above. The winner should be able to attend the SUMMIT in Perú as prize.

GLOBALG.A.P. reserves the right to display all submitted posters at the SUMMIT and in future (website, proceedings, etc.). In the case a research piece has already been (partially) published, the author(s) need to state this during the application and they shall remain responsible for copyrights.

For any further questions, please contact Sarah Klammer


All poster abstracts and final posters must comply with the following guidelines:

  • Applicants shall show proof of enrollment to a BSc, Msc or PhD program (or equivalents).
  • Applicants shall be able to travel to Perú in case of winning the competition (eligible to receive a Visa for Perú, have appropriate insurances (eg. Health insurance), etc.
  • Abstracts and full length posters must be in English
  • The content of the poster must not be promotional or contain advertising
  • Poster acceptance does not constitute registration to the SUMMIT
  • Accepted posters may be edited for promotional purposes (website, flyer, newsletter, social media)
  • Accepted posters shall be edited and published online as proceedings from the SUMMIT Perú 2018
  • Submitted posters and abstracts must be the author’s original work


All abstracts submissions, whether accepted or rejected, will be advised by 7 September 2018. Poster submission of short-listed candidates shall take place before 21 September. Posters submission, whether accepted or rejected will be advised together with the winners by 1 October 2018.