SAFA Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems Guidelines

ID:

307148

Language:

EN

Document type:

Book

Description:

Twenty years have passed since the principle of sustainable development received nearly universal agreement at the 1992 Earth Summit. Recent years have seen some progress in the realization of a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development. Many stakeholders in the food and agriculture sector have contributed to this progress, by improving agricultural productivity, pro-tecting human and natural resources and conceiving and implementing frameworks, standards and indicators for assessing and improving sustainability across the sector and along the value chain. Several converging trends are making it difficult for the world's farmers to keep up with the growth in food demand due to rising populations and changes in consumption patterns. These include in-creased water scarcity, the growing conversion of cropland to non-farm uses, and more extreme climate events. Based on aggregate global trends and outlooks for the future, sustainable develop-ment efforts are not making enough positive difference. More accurate data and sound guiding principles to establish a common basis for assessing sustainability is needed. Tackling these chal-lenges requires, among other things, a common language for sustainability, as well as a holistic ap-proach to assessment and implementation that considers the complexity and relationships of all di-mensions of sustainability. Measure what matters. The dilemma is measure WHAT matters to WHOM and HOW?

Publication year:

2012

Job number:

AP773

Department:

NR

Division:

NRD

PDF:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/ap773e/ap773e.pdf