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A review of an international sustainability standard (GlobalGAP) and its local replica (MyGAP)


Tey, Yeong Sheng and Rajendran, Natasha and Brindal, Mark and Ahmad Sidique, Shaufique Fahmi and Shamsudin, Mad Nasir and Radam, Alias and Abdul Hadi, Ahmad Hanis Izani (2016) A review of an international sustainability standard (GlobalGAP) and its local replica (MyGAP). Outlook on Agriculture, 45 (1). pp. 67-72. ISSN 0030-7270; ESSN: 2043-6866


In light of growing concerns about sustainable development, international sustainability standards are prevalent and are replicated by local governments to form country-specific sustainability standards. A consensus has been reached that local sustainability standards can be considered to underperform in view of their limited adoption. Supplementing the current literature, this study hypothesizes additional explanations of this phenomenon through a review of both the GlobalGAP (international) and Malaysian Good Agricultural Practices (MyGAP) standards. Through content analysis, the findings indicate that MyGAP provides a weak institutional framework and market opportunity structure. In addition, since it lacks transparency and accountability, its credibility is questionable. Although it is not clear whether such a credibility issue has a direct impact on the local market, sustainable produce is neither differentiated nor rewarded through premiums. The GlobalGAP standard was found to be an exemplar, and potential improvements are suggested to help support local sustainability standards.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Economics and Management
Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5367/oa.2016.0230
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Keywords: Certification; Credibility; Institutional framework; Market opportunity; Sustainable development
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 04:44
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 04:44
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/51976
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