Results & Conclusion
25% of our sourced potatoes are benchmarked with an FSA gold label, 53% has a silver label and 16% are certified against our own Farm Frites Food Safety Scheme. 5% don’t have a benchmarked label. These are mostly new farmers, or potatoes from the spot market. It is worth mentioning that nearly 58% of the Egyptian potatoes have a GLOBAL G.A.P. food safety scheme, and 30% follow a specially designed Farm Frites Food Safety program. Farm Frites Food Safety Scheme is based on Global GAP and the critical points of FSA. It was developed because FSA doesn’t have any benchmarked schemes for Egypt.
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SAI platform developed Farm Self-Assessment (FSA) this tool is a food and beverage industry aligned to assess on-farm sustainability.
FSA is a questionnaire of 112 questions, there are three levels with an increasing complexity, ‘Essential’, ‘Basic’ and ‘Advanced’. The ‘Essential’ questions are about decent citizenship (e.g. prohibiting forced or bonded labour) and should be easy to comply with for any farmer working towards sustainability. The next level, ‘Basic’ questions, identifies the fundamental elements of sustainable farming. The next step in sustainable farming is captured in the ‘Advanced’ questions. FSA is organised by topic (e.g. crop protection), in phases (e.g. asses, plan, store) and by focus areas (i.e. people, planet, profit). After FSA is filled in, a performance score is automatically generated.
Bronze: compliance to 100% ‘Essential’ questions and a minimum of 75% ‘Basic’ questions.
Silver: compliance to 100% ‘Essentials’ questions, 100% ‘Basic’ questions and less than 75% ‘Advanced’ questions.
Gold: compliance to 100% ‘Essentials’ questions, 100% ‘Basic’ questions and a minimum of 75% ‘Advanced’ questions.
Not yet Bronze: indicates that the level of performance does not meet the bronze threshold yet.
FSA can be filled in by a farmer directly but to increase the outreach of FSA and to reduce efforts for companies and farmers FSA levels can be achieved based on benchmarking. Benchmarks are executed against FSA and include ‘Legislation’, Certification schemes’ and ‘Proprietary codes. The benchmark audits are been done by accredited control authorities.