Understanding the FSS

How does the FSS work?


About the FSS

The Human Right to Food in voluntary sustainability standards


Due Diligence Act

The FSS as a tool for corporate due diligence


FSS Certification

Protecting the human right to food with the FSS


Food security is a human right and is directly anchored in
SDG 2 "no hunger" of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Hunger and malnutrition persist in many countries of the Global South producing agricultural commodities for global markets. The Food Security Standard helps companies involved in such agricultural production chains to fulfil their social responsibilities.

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What is the FSS?

Many small-scale farmers and agricultural workers are going hungry. This issue must be solved in sustainability certified agricultural production.

The Food Security Standard (FSS) ensures the food security of farmers, workers and encompasses the situation of nearby communities. The FSS enables companies to fulfil farmers’ and farm workers’ right to food and thereby to practice social responsibility from the very first point in the supply chain.

By bringing together the right to food and supply chain integration, the FSS directly contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 12 - to end hunger and promote sustainable consumption and production. In addition, it contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 11 "Sustainable Cities and Communities" through its positive impact on cities and communities.

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Why do we need the FSS?

Globally, 811 million people are going hungry and over two billion are malnourished. The majority of the hungry people live in rural areas and are often smallholders or landless labourers ...

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What is food security?

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

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What we offer

We offer all services required for a valid and successful certification by the FSS. In addition, we offer a stepwise approach to FSS certification for those users for whom the implementation of all requirements is more challenging (FOSSEM). We provide advice and support to all stakeholders involved in agricultural value chains ...

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FSS Benefits


Food Security

Farmers, workers and local communities are food secure.


Human right

Producer of agricultural goods comply with the human right to food.


Due diligence

Retailer demonstrate due diligence in food security.



Consumers can opt for products that are also sustainable regarding food security.

Upcoming events

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  • 4C Food Security Add-On Training

4C Food Security Add-On Training

In a joint effort, the Food Security Standard and 4C Services sustainability standard for the coffee sector, developed a deeper integration of foodsecurity into the 4C certification system. This voluntary extension of 4C's basic requirements incorporates all FSS principles, criteria, indicators and tools to create the ▶ 4C Food Security Add-On "This way, companies show sensitivity for local challenges and promote a deeper understanding of the food security situation in the region. Gaps and areas for improvement can be identified and a continuous improvement initiated via certification.” – Dr. Rafaël Schneider, FSS Project and Deputy Director Policy Department at Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. Register now for the first 4C Food Security Add-On Training. The training is free to join for anyone interested but registration is required and binding. Places are limited, so best sign up today!

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  • 23 August 22 13:00

  • 4C Food Security Add-On Training

4C Food Security Add-On Training

Training in englischer Sprache: In einer gemeinsamen Anstrengung haben der Food Security Standard und der 4C Services (Nachhaltigkeitsstandard für den Kaffeesektor) eine tiefere Integration der Ernährungssicherheit in das 4C-Zertifizierungssystem entwickelt. Diese freiwillige Erweiterung der 4C-Basisanforderungen umfasst alle FSS-Prinzipien, -Kriterien, -Indikatoren und -Instrumente und bündelt sich im ▶ 4C Food Security Add-On "Auf diese Weise zeigen die Unternehmen Sensibilität für lokale Herausforderungen und fördern ein tieferes Verständnis für die Ernährungssicherheit in der Region. Lücken und verbesserungswürdige Bereiche können identifiziert und eine kontinuierliche Verbesserung durch die Zertifizierung eingeleitet werden." - Dr. Rafaël Schneider, FSS-Projekt und stellvertretender Leiter der Abteilung Politik bei der Deutschen Welthungerhilfe e.V. Melden Sie sich jetzt für das erste 4C Food Security Add-On Training an. Die Teilnahme an dem Training ist für alle Interessierten kostenlos, eine Anmeldung ist jedoch erforderlich und verbindlich. Die Plätze sind begrenzt, also melden Sie sich am besten noch heute an.


Latest publications

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What is the Food Security Standard in concrete terms and to what extent does it make companies work more sustainably and show responsibility?

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The FSS provides a practical instrument for demonstrating that the “right to food” enjoyed by farm workers, smallholder farmers and communities.

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As part of the accompanying research on the Food Security Standard (FSS), the significance of sustainability standards in German consumer behaviour.

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“It is time to share responsibility. The environmental and social costs of agricultural production are often not reflected in the price we are paying for our food, for agricultural commodities and raw materials.
It is time to pay the real price for agricultural products.”
Dr. Liliana Gamba, WWF Germany (2020)
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