Emerging Ag’s commitment to the food sector
The food value chain is the network of stakeholders involved in processing, and selling the food that consumers eat—from farm to table. This includes
- the processors, both primary and value added, that process and manufacture, food products,
- the distributors, including wholesalers
- the retailer that market and sell food including grocery, food service, restaurants
- the consumers that shop, purchase, and consume food;
With the world population projected to exceed 10 billion by the end of the century collaboration among the various stakeholders along the food value chain is more important than ever. The growth in population will put a massive strain on the global food supply.
The food sector plays a critical part in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 because of its key role in providing meals to billions of customers and providing jobs to employees around the world. The sector must build around education, awareness, actions based programs, and a core commitment to creating sustainable food businesses. It’s quite simple, if the food and agriculture sectors are on the path of achieving the SDGs then the world is on the path as well.Emerging Ag activities in focus with the food sector are mainly oriented to:
A. Food Policy and Advocacy
As secretariat to the International Agri-Food Network and Private Sector Mechanism at the United Nation Committee of World Food Security (CFS), Emerging Ag has been engaged in the negotiation of global positions on the importance of both the agriculture and food sectors in the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some of the work that we have done over the past decade includes:
This project was started in 2008 and has since become a bespoke information hub on international policy for agriculture, food security and nutrition. With over 40,000 followers on Twitter, Farming First has become a favored media partners to most food & agriculture-related organizations and to many media outlets
Sustainable Development Goal 12 aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, particularly, target 12.3 which aims to halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels by 2030, as well as reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including postharvest losses.
Emerging Ag has been at the core of the global food and agriculture conversation by leading the secretariat of International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) and its Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) at the United Nation’s Committee on Food Security (CFS). The PSM Working Group on Nutrition plays an important role in advising companies on global policy evolutions with regards to food policy and nutrition.
CFS High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) Report: Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems
The HLPE report suggests action to tackle FLW to improve food and nutrition security and the sustainability of food systems. As focal point of the Private Sector Mechanism, Emerging Ag was the voice for agri-food businesses in open consultations.
41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security: Policy recommendations Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems
The Committee presented a set of recommendations that stakeholders can follow to prevent and reduce FLW and especially the importance of multi-stakeholder initiatives
B. Sustainability Strategies
The role of business is to create and deliver products and services in a way that treats people fairly, meets individuals’ needs and aspirations, has the most limited environmental impact, and encourages market and policy frameworks that enable a sustainable future.
Understand the world of corporate social responsibility is complex for business, in particular translating values into actions and ensuring how to prioritize their social and environmental initiatives.
Emerging Ag role is to catalyze change within business by integrating sustainability into strategy and operations, and to promote collaboration among companies and their stakeholders for systemic progress toward a just and sustainable world
Emerging Ag implements a turnkey approach which includes
- Assessment: Help organizations better understand the changing context within which they operate, Emerging Ag has designed tools for robust internal and external assessments.
- Strategies: Work with companies to set direction and design, and to implement a sustainability strategy that drives business value and benefits the company and stakeholders alike.
- Stakeholder Strategy and Engagement: Provide networks and support to ensure sustainability strategies can succeed through engaging stakeholders at every level, both inside and outside a company
- Implementation Support: Emerging Ag has unique implementation interventions to help companies achieve internal buy-in for sustainability ambitions and build accountability for performance, from leadership to the line.
- Reporting and Communication: Help companies disclose sustainability performance and create reporting and communications approaches that show a sustainability commitment to stakeholders at every level.