SE015 "The Food Security Standard - Addressing the Right to Food in Sustainability Standards and Certification Opportunities and Challenges

Organizers

  • Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany (BMEL)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
  • Welthungerhilfe
  • Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn, Germany

The international demand for and trade with agricultural commodities is growing, induced by a gradual shifting from petroleum based to bio-based economies. Concerns about the sustainability of the production of agricultural commodities is increasing, with the rising demand for biomass for food, feed, energy and bio-based materials. Food security has been at the core of the sustainability debate due to the rising competition among different uses and competition for land and natural resources. Despite persisting hunger in countries producing global agricultural commodities, food security has been hardly addressed in sustainability standards and certification schemes. The Food Security Standard provides a set of practicable and measurable criteria and audit tools that can be incorporated in sustainability standards and certification schemes to ensure the realization of the Human Right to adequate Food in agricultural production.

The side event will present the Food Security Standard and the results of pilot tests carried out in plantations and smallholder farms in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. Key challenges and opportunities to mainstream food security into sustainability certification schemes will be discussed.

 

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