Agriculture and food

Below are blog posts, news stories and resources that relate to agriculture and food

Re-imagining the future of trust

Trust is a defining hallmark of sustainability standards. In this blog, Patrick Mallet, Innovations Director at ISEAL, considers how new data tools and approaches are changing our expectations of trust.

IUCN journal devotes entire issue to review literature on certification’s impact on biodiversity

Understanding the benefits and limitations of certification as a viable approach for achieving biodiversity conservation is the focus of the latest issue of IUCN’s Policy Matters, ‘Certification and biodiversity: How voluntary certification standards impact biodiversity and human livelihoods’.

Public policy and private standards – bridging the gap to mainstream sustainability

Private standards emerged to address pressing sustainability issues in the absence of effective regulation. With policy-makers increasingly looking at sustainable value chains as the economic drivers behind the global sustainability agenda, new partnerships and ‘co-regulatory’ initiatives are being developed which connect public policy and private standards. ISEAL is mapping such partnerships with the aim to foster a new dialogue on how governments can and should use sustainability standards.

Global Coffee Platform report finds support aimed at smallholder coffee farmers delivers more benefit than agribusiness models

A Global Coffee Platform report at the end of a four-year public-private partnership supporting small-scale coffee growers in Tanzania, finds a strong case for supporting smallholder production systems to increase sustainability in the sector.

University of Gottingen: Global Food

GlobalFood is a program at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen dealing with the transformation of food systems.

Sustainable Rice Platform

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a multi-stakeholder platform established in December 2011 with currently seventy members. The SRP was co-convened by UN Environment and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to promote resource efficiency and sustainability in trade flows, production and consumption operations, and supply chains in the global rice sector.

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

The Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.

Credible sustainability standards continue to grow

The latest market data on voluntary sustainability standards shows a clear trend: the production volume and number of certified products from almost all standards have increased over the past five years.

New report finds farm practices must change to protect endangered species and habitats

A new report released by the International Institute for Sustainable Development has found that sustainable agriculture practices must be widely implemented in order to stem the alarming loss of biodiversity and to protect endanged species.


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