Agriculture has performed well over the last 50 years, not only keeping pace with rapid population growth, but also delivering food at progressively lower prices. Unfortunately this growth has led to overuse of natural resources and the release of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. In social terms, moreover, many agricultural producers continue to live at or below the poverty line, and agricultural workers may be subject to unacceptable working conditions. Achieving sustainability in the production of agricultural commodities is necessary to ensure food security, a healthy natural resource base and human wellbeing.
Addressing sustainability issues in agro commodity sectors is challenging, especially in those sectors that are dominated by smallholders. In these sectors systemic change has proven to be elusive and current transformation models, whether public or market driven, have only realized it to a limited extent.
Therefore Aidenvironment, NewForesight and IIED have developed a groundbreaking new holistic Sustainable Sector Transformation Model commissioned by the IFC, the Dutch Ministry of Affairs, SECO and IDH the sustainable trade initiative.
The Sustainable Sector Transformation Model for sustainable sector transformation for smallholder-dominated agricultural sectors which consists of five building blocks: sector alignment & accountability, strengthening of market demand, public sector governance, organization of the production base and organization of the service sector. Each of these building blocks are a condition for realizing farm and sector quality.
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