IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has published a report - Food Safety Reforms, Learning from the Best: The New Zealand Food Safety System in Case Studies. It contains case studies that demonstrate how the adoption of certification programmes, such as BRCGS, has provided New Zealand producers with access to large international customers and enabled exports to 80% of food grown in the country.
The report has been developed as part of IFC’s advisory activities to support and strengthen food safety systems in emerging markets and to provide support to businesses and policymakers.
The New Zealand economy has been profiled as it provides examples of best practices that policymakers and business leaders in other countries may find useful to adapt for their own contexts.
New Zealand’s food and agricultural industries are central to the country’s economic stability. Approximately 80% of food grown in New Zealand is exported, something that is possible because of the well-regarded food safety system. Understanding how New Zealand created such a well-functioning and successful food safety system can help reformers elsewhere by providing concrete examples and experiences that can inform decision-making and plans for food safety programs.