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.
To advance the positive impact that business can have in this space, the United Nations Global Compact Office brought together a group of global experts to develop a white paper on the Sustainable Agriculture Business Principles (SABPs). The white paper suggests how the SABPs will guide all businesses involved in agriculture value chains – including production, processing, trading, manufacturing, distribution and retailing. The SABPs will provide a framework for better practice and more effective partnerships between companies and governments.
The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is inviting stakeholders who are influencing, or are impacted by, business practices and government policies in agriculture, to comment on the White Paper.
The deadline for comments is 15 November 2013. According to the UNGC, any input provided will be taken into account when the SABPs are finally drafted later this year.
You will find the white paper here (PDF, 4,50 MB).