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Certification Schemes in Sustainable Food Systems – a favorable Track?

The first blog in our new series puts the FSS in the context of food systems and shows how the Food Security Standard, complemented by existing certification schemes, can add value to holistic food systems approaches.


Sustainability schemes can play an important role in translating generic sustainability requirements into sector-specific best-practice and guidance and need to be recognized for what they are: practice-oriented instruments that not only enhance sustainability but in doing so facilitate trade and global value chains. If embedded into a popular consumer label that is publicly supervised, sustainability schemes can add considerable value to global agricultural production chains. The Food Security Standard (FSS) shows how an add-on with a specific purpose can be integrated into such a system and add value to it.

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The Food Security Standard (FSS) takes into account the Right to adequate Food in agricultural production. Applying the FSS in sustainability certification systems ensures that farmers, workers, and neighbouring communities are food secure.

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany, independent of politics and religion. It was established in 1962, as the German section of the “Freedom from Hunger Campaign”.

Meo Carbon Solutions is an independent consulting company with a focus on sustainable development solutions, smallholder empowerment and social compliance, sustainability certification and carbon footprint improvement. Meo is working on a global scale and supporting the application of the FSS.

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