IFC partnered with Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd., an Indian company that is a leading international producer of processed fruits and vegetables, to increase farmers’ water efficiency and help fruit and vegetable suppliers meet international food safety standards.
Water scarcity and food safety are alarming 21st century issues. Agribusinesses around the world recognize limited natural resources and uncertified suppliers as threats to their reputations as well as their profitability.
India-based Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. has partnered with IFC on a variety of projects relating to food safety and water efficiency. Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. is one of the world’s largest producers of dehydrated onions and mango pulp, puree, and concentrate.
As part of a previous successful partnership with IFC, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. was the first business in a developing country to conduct a Water Footprint Assessment, which led to a reduction in its water consumption as well as a strategy to increase local water availability.
India is also one of the largest and lowest cost producers of fruits in the world, yet its share in global exports (both and processed) is less than 2 percent of the total world trade.
One of the major constraints faced by Indian food processors and exporters is the lack of local compliance with stringent food safety standards demanded by the major importing countries of the world.
IFC partnered with Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. to help local suppliers meet food safety standards that the international market demands.
The farms of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. are certified by GLOBALGAP, a non-governmental organization that sets voluntary standards for certification around the globe. However, the company has noted increased interest from its buyers in the farm-level practices of its suppliers and in its ability to trace the origins of its products.
To assess the practices of small-scale Indian farmers, IFC performed a diagnostic of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.’s mango and onion supply chains, which noted varying levels of GAP compliance at the farm level.
IFC and Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. joined forces to develop and pilot a “Jain GAP” standard to apply to the firm’s supply chain
This tailor-made standard is a modified and simplified version of GLOBALGAP that brings a measure of food safety and standards to Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd.’s supply base while minimizing the associated costs of compliance to both farmers and Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd..
Jain GAP is an entry-level standard that includes critical elements of Global GAP, such as traceability, food safety, hygiene, sanitation, and occupational health.
To support the implementation of this standard, IFC provided experts who: