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A VISIT TO ECUADOR MANGO INDUSTRY

IMO NOTE:
This article is from an ongoing newsletter written by FTBG Curator Noris Ledesma.
Both She and Senior Curator Richard Campbell are a valuable resource for the Global Mango Community.
Both their knowledge and experience as well as the world famous International mango festival they coordinate every year in July in Miami.

Ecuadorian Mangos Fill the Mexican Gap December 16, 2009

Despite Mexico being one of the largest mango-growing and consuming countries in the world, they have no local production during the October to December period, and this is when imported Ecuadorian mangos fill in the gap.
Ecuador’s mango harvest begins during mid-October and ends in early February.

MANGO DIPLOMACY: INDIA & PAKISTAN

Hillary adds to curious history of mango diplomacyAssociated Press, Updated: July 25, 2010 22:20 IST

Islamabad:  When US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered Pakistan help last week in exporting mangoes to the US in a bid to dampen anti-American sentiment, it marked the latest chapter in the fruit's curious history of diplomacy and intrigue.

Clinton's offer came three years after the Bush administration opened up the US market to Indian mangoes in exchange for allowing Harley-Davidson to sell its famed motorcycles in India -- a deal which generated goodwill as the two countries finalized a civilian nuclear agreement.

JANUARY RAINS WILL SEE EFFECT IN PHILIPPINE MANGO HARVEST

PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Unpredictable rains worry Abra mango producersby Maritess Benas BANGUED, Abra, Jan.20 (PIA) – Rainshower is generally helpful to farmers, but it may not be a welcome phenomenon to some farming activities such as mango farming. Mango growers in the province are becoming anxious of possibly losing a good harvest because of the untimely rainshowers lately. Unpredictable rainshowers are said to cause poor flowering of mango trees.

PHILIPPINE MANGO FESTIVAL VIES FOR RECORD MANGO PIE

PIA Press Release
Saturday, March 26, 2011
San Carlos City vies for biggest mango pie in the worldBy Danny O Sagun SAN CARLOS CITY, March 26 (PIA) – This city, famous for its sweet-tasting mango and bamboo furniture, is poised to vie for a world record – the biggest mango pie. Vice-Mayor Joseres ‘Bogs’ Resuello bared this in a press conference Friday at the mayor’s office where he outlined the schedule of events for the week-long Mango-Bamboo 2011 Festival.

DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY IN INDIA MANGO MARKET

Not enough mangoes this summer?Mid-Day.com, Updated: March 26, 2011 15:47 IST.

Mumbai:  It is a bad opening, and it may conclude either way. With the sweeping cut that mango crops reaching the city have seen in the first 10 days of summer, its lovers had better brace themselves to either pay dearly or refrain from relishing the fruit, traders and vendors say.

According to statistics, the number of mangoes that made it to the city at the season's beginning has dipped drastically this year over last.

PAKISTANI MANGO PRODUCTION MAY BE OFF AS MUCH AS 40%

Mango crop: Output may fall 30% as virus hits Sindh fieldsPublished: March 26, 2011 Growers expect a good harvest in Punjab. KARACHI: 
Production of mangoes is likely to post a decline of 30 to 40 per cent this year, as orchards spread over thousands of acres in Sindh have come under different viral disease attacks.

WATCH THE SOMO VIDEO: MANGO "MADE IN PERU"

A SOMO investigation into circumstances at the Peruvian companies Camposol/Empafrut,Sunshine Export,FLP & Saturno are all named in the video :





SOMO, PERU, MANGOS &GLOBAL GAP DEBATE A LIVELY ONE!!!

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
IMO


March 26, 2011


The Article covering negative reports from the Peruvian mango industry and the issue of possible non compliance of the GRASP component of GLOBAL GAP certification by the accused parties has sparked viewership of the IMO Blog and generated input here are a few of the comments:



SOMO ARTICLE BLASTING PERU MANGOS & SUPERMARKET CHAINS WHO BUY THEM

Fruit from Ahold leaves a bitter aftertasteSOMO study uncovers poor working conditions in the production of fresh fruit and vegetables06-01-2011 Starvation wages, extremely long working days without a permanent contract and no trade union to stand up for you. This is the bitter aftertaste left by many of the fruit and vegetables in Dutch supermarkets such as Albert Heijn (Ahold). That’s the conclusion of ‘Bitter Fruit’, a report published by SOMO today. Although the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands says that it works to ensure responsible production, many – usually seasonal - workers in the fruit and vegetable sector in developing countries still struggle under poor working conditions. Better regulations and monitoring, as well as pressure on suppliers and governments in production countries, are therefore sorely needed.

USAID / GHANA MANGO PROJECT

Senior Advisor Ari Alexander is in Ghana and highlights one of his field visits to a farm program. Hello from Ghana where I had the privilege yesterday to observe the fruits of a great development success story in the Eastern Region of Ghana.  A faith-based organization conceived, proposed, designed, and implemented a project to introduce fruit trees to smallholder farmers as a path to economic growth and sustainability.  USAID through the use of PL480 Title II Food Aid resources supported this concept from 1997 until 2006.  

USAID DIRECTOR TO GUATEMALA

USAID's Guatemala Mission Gets a New DirectorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2010
Press Office: 202-712-4320
Public Information: 202-712-4810
www.usaid.gov WASHINGTON, DC -
Kevin Kelly has been sworn in as the Mission Director for USAID's Mission in Guatemala. He brings more than 30 years of development experience, having worked on projects in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union. In addition to over 25 years of experience as a USAID employee, Kelly has also worked with Chemonics, a USAID implementing partner, where he supervised a large development project in Peru and worked on initiatives involving legal and regulatory reform, judicial partnerships, privatization, and other issues.

HOW RELEVANT IS GLOBAL GAP NOW?

By Will Cavan Executive Director International mango Organization (IMO)
March 26, 2011
With the recent allegations making the news of worker abuse in the International Fruit Industry, and more specifically the Peruvian mango industry, it is time to ask: Is GLOBAL GAP for real?
We are about to find out in the coming days. If GLOBAL GAP steps up to the plate and addresses this thorny issue with firm handedness then the world will know that GLOBAL GAP Certification means something.
The Supermarket Chains and Major Mango Importers in Europe have every right to expect action. GLOBAL G.A.P. CERTIFICATION is a standard that Importers and Supermarkets use in order to work with their organizations. They are not the culprits here. They are however suffering the consequences of a break down in the GLOBAL GAP system if there was indeed non compliance as is alleged by social activist groups SOMO, AAI and their Peruvian affiliates.
Background on GLOBAL GAP:

NON COMPLIANCE WITH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMPONENT COULD COST MANGO EXPORTERS GLOBALGAP CERTIFICATION

By Will Cavan
IMO


March 26, 2011


The Social Responsibility component of GLOBALGAP, GRASP:


http://www.globalgap.org/cms/upload/The_Standard/GRASP/CPCC/V1_1/110105-GRASP-Module-ENG-V1_1_Jan11.pdf


It is very clear that Social Responsibility is a component of GLOBAL GAP CERTIFICATION, if the accused companies can prove that the were in compliance, recent reports are a non issue. If not, the companies should be penalized for non compliance.


GLOBAL GAP NEEDS TO SEND THEIR OWN COMPLIANCE OFFICERS TO THE MANGO EXPORTING COUNTRIES TO MAKE SURE THAT NORMS ARE TRULY BEING FOLLOWED.


GLOBAL GAP HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN THIS ISSUE



PHILIPPINE MANGO FESTIVAL SETS OUT TO MAKE WORLDS LARGEST MANGO PIE

SAN CARLOS CITY -- The month of April is full of fun, sights, food and entertainment. Meanwhile, San Carlos will celebrate its city fiesta and Mango and Bamboo Festival starting April 24 until April 30. Highlight of the celebration, according to fiesta chairman Vice Mayor Joseres Resuello, is the city's attempt to make the biggest mango pie in the Philippines and the world. This will be held on April 26.

THE MOTHER OF ALL MANGO FESTIVALS

International Mango Festival From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Over 500types of mangoare featured at the International Mango Festival TheInternational Mango Festival, held annually inDelhi,Indiaduring early summer, is a two-dayfestivalshowcasingmangoes. It has been held since 1987.[1] The 2006 festival was inaugurated by DelhiChief MinisterSheila Dikshitand was organised by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) in collaboration with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, the National Horticultural Board and theNew Delhi Municipal Council. As in recent past years, the festival was held in the Talkatora Indoor Stadium.[1][2][3]

HOW PERU'S MANGO SECTOR CAN IMPROVE THEIR IMAGE

By Will Cavan
IMO




March 26, 2011




The issues of Social Responsibility and Sustainability have been around for over over 11 years.


Long enough for Grower and Exporter associations to have taken note that these issues are critical components in todays economy.


GLOBAL GAP certification requires that they be adhered to.