075 For a fair distribution of value within agricultural supply chains and food systems/Pour une juste répartition de la valeur au sein des filières agricoles et des systèmes alimentaires

Bolstering the position of family farmers and ensuring them a decent income for a better food security and nutrition

Conforter la place des agriculteurs familiaux et leur garantir un revenu décent au profit de la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle

Organizers

  • French Ministry of Agriculture/Ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation - France
  • Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires Etrangères – France/Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires Etrangères - France

Abstract

Given the ongoing globalization of value chains, the organizers wish to start a dialogue around the ways States can support farmers, and especially family farmers, in getting a fair and decent remuneration for their work, including through a better management of commercial relations between the various stakeholders of the value chains as well as answering social demands and providing safe, healthy and sustainable food. Lessons will be drawn from France’s national food conference, “Etats Généraux de l’Alimentation”, and from the experience and knowledge of the various presenters.

One of the keys to the transition towards more sustainable systems lies in the integration of environmental, economic and social dimensions as well as adopting holistic ways of thinking. This approach also corresponds to the one promoted to develop rural territories and improve rural-urban linkages. The scaling up of practices aimed at improving the environmental sustainability requires ownership by the stakeholders, and implies taking into account socio-economic aspects.

The involvement of all actors is essential, to foster the synergies of current and upcoming actions of governments, international organizations, research and training centers, NGOs, professional agricultural organizations, consumer associations and representatives of value chains.

 

Eu égard à la globalisation en cours des chaînes de valeurs, les organisateurs souhaitent, à partir des enseignements tirés des Etats généraux de l'alimentation en France et des différentes expériences des intervenants, initier un dialogue autour de la manière dont les États pourraient permettre aux agriculteurs, en particulier aux agriculteurs familiaux, de tirer une rémunération décente de leur activité, notamment en encadrant mieux les relations commerciales entre les différents maillons des filières et tout en répondant aux demandes sociétales et en fournissant une alimentation sûre saine et durable.
Une des difficultés de la transition vers des systèmes plus durables réside dans la manière de bien intégrer les dimensions environnementale, économique et sociale, et de ne pas raisonner en silos. Cette approche correspond également à celle promue pour développer les territoires ruraux et favoriser le lien rural-urbain. Le passage à l'échelle des pratiques visant à améliorer la durabilité environnementale réclame en effet une appropriation par les acteurs, et passe par la prise en compte des aspects sociaux-économiques.

L'implication de tous les acteurs est fondamentale pour favoriser les synergies des actions en cours et à venir aussi bien par les gouvernements, les organisations internationales, les organismes de recherche et de formation, les ONG, les organisations professionnelles agricoles, les associations de consommateurs, et les représentants des filières.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Ms Delphine Borione, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to UNFAO, IFAD and WFP moderated the event.
  • M Philipp HEINRIGS (Senior Economist at the Sahel and West Africa Club), M Socrates Banzuela (Executive Director of Pakisama, Asian Farmers' Association),
  • Ms Sonia SANCHEZ (Consultant on private and financial sector development issues),
  • Ms Nathalie VUCHER (Chair of several commissions including on geographical indications and other labels at the French Institute of origin and quality – INAO) presented their experiences.
  • Ms Florence TARTANAC, FAO – M Roberto Longo, FIDA and M Luis Fernando Ceciliano, Permanent Representation of Costa Rica discussed the role of policies as drivers of change at an institutional roundtable.

Main themes/issues discussed

  • Ways to ensure a more fair and better distribution of value within agricultural supply chains and food systems;
  • Challenges faced by farmers to increase their income and tools available to do so (quality signs, geographical indications, labels - organic, fair trade…).

Summary of key points

  • Food system transformations create large and new employment opportunities, both in rural and urban areas. These transformations create large market opportunities in regional food demand but local strategies are needed, among other things, in order to link activities and environment.
  • The quality of the production and the organization among farmers are key to increase the income of producers and to ensure a better distribution of the value through the food chain (based on examples of olive oil value chain in Tunisia, organic rice of the Pecuaria cooperative in the Philippines, geographical indications and quality signs of several products such as thym de Provence).
  • The importance of voluntary standards and labels and of public schemes with official logo has been brought up by the majority of the presenters.

Key take away messages

  • Consumers are the drivers of transformations via demand for diversity and convenience (including, health and packaging…).
  • Food and agricultural policies need to evolve to reflect changes in the food system: systems approach; integrating the role of consumers; support private stakeholders in value chain structuring – including via norms and regulations; better integrate local economic development, rural-urban linkages and territorial aspects in policies; importance of public/private coordination through multistakeholders platforms.
CFS Side Event 075 - For a fair distribution of value within agricultural supply chains and food systems