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.