The Fruit Working Group is made up of SAI Platform member companies who have an interest in encouraging and supporting sustainability in the production of fruit crops. The working group addresses a wide range of crops: oranges, apples, strawberries, bananas and hops to name but a few. The focus of the group is truly global, with the member companies sourcing from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and from small to large scale farms. The purpose of the group is to share best practices, lessons learned and support in initiating sustainable farming.
There are many challenges for sustainable fruit production, and each year the fruit working group identifies a key challenge and begins a project to address it. In 2013 the Fruit Working Group continued with a project focusing on identifying greenhouse gas mitigation options in fruit production. The project will be completed in 2014.
The Working Group’s annual meeting will be held in Spain in 2014, with the field visit to a strawberry field in Huelva region - in conjunction with the SAI Platform Water Seminar. The field visit will focus on the challenges and methods of producing fruit crops sustainably in water stressed areas.
In 2009, SAI Platform’s Fruit Principles and Practices were created, which describe management objectives and possible tools and measures that can be implemented to increase the sustainability of fruit production. The Fruit P&Ps have been incorporated into the new SAI Platform Farmer Self Assessment.