With the world’s population expected to grow by 30% to 9 billion by 2050, the demands on agriculture will continue to grow. Agriculture occupies one-third of the land surface of the earth and is at the nexus of climate change, food and energy security, sustainable livelihoods, economic development and human rights. Business has a critical role to play in delivering practical, effective and scalable solutions to meet the global challenges of food security and sustainable agriculture.
While considerable progress has been made by the private sector to date – through mechanisms such as the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and commodity roundtables, Governments continue to face challenges in aligning their agricultural, resource, export and import management policies with the sustainable development agenda.
To advance the positive impact that business can have in this space, the UN Global Compact is facilitating the development of voluntary Food and Agriculture Business Principles (FAB Principles) in collaboration with key civil society organizations and experts. The FAB Principles will:
The development of the FAB Principles is proposed in response to the need for a common understanding between existing standards and industry initiatives. Today global thinking on what constitutes sustainable agriculture remains fragmented. Existing schemes, including certification standards, are not designed to address global agricultural challenges in a holistic fashion and often are not inclusive of the majority of the world’s small farmers. By defining broadly accepted business principles and building upon progress made, the FAB Principles are aimed at filling gaps between crop-specific initiatives developed and led by industry and government.
See an overview of the FAB Principles and the consultation process. The video features insights from a consultation hosted by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, in Brussels on 11 February 2014.
Following outlines the major milestones and material developed during the process to establish the Food and Agriculture and Business Principles. Click here to read the comprehensive programme plan.
|Year||Phase||Key Activities and Outputs||Relevant Material|
|2013||Drafting the White Paper||
|2013||Consultation on White Paper||
|2013||First Draft of SABPs||
|2014||Consultation on Draft SABPs||
|2014||Final Draft of SABPs||
|Ongoing||Promotion and uptake of SABPs||
General Inquiries: sustainable.agriculture (at) unglobalcompact.org
Special Advisor, Sustainable Agriculture
UN Global Compact
puvan (at) unglobalcompact.org
Policy Adviser & Programme Manager
UN Global Compact
gardaz (at) un.org