Food supply chain urged to sign pledge to tackle security and sustainability

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
6 August 2014

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7 August 2014 | Paul Snell

Participants in the global food supply chain have been urged to sign up to a set of principles, committing themselves to finding ideas to tackle increasing issues around food security and sustainability.

The brainchild of GlobalG.A.P., the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform and International Trade Centre, the Declaration of Abu Dhabi wants to use collaboration to identify and implement solutions that will make it easier, cheaper and more attractive for farmers to adopt safe and sustainable production.

Under the declaration, signatories agree to develop and adopt:

• A common set of good agricultural practices

• A system for uniquely identifying every farm that is recognised by all stakeholders

• A mechanism for securing commitment and reporting by supply chain partners

Dirk Jan de With, president of SAI Platform and vice president of procurement ingredients and sustainability at Unilever, said: “SAI Platform was established with the vision to develop a joint understanding of sustainable agriculture and hands-on implementation tools for companies that source agricultural raw materials. Extending this vision and collaboration to include food safety and to reach wider audiences provides unprecedented opportunities to scale sustainable and safe farm practices.”

The declaration will be launched at an event in Abu Dhabi on 28 October.

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