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The Food Security Standard – Ensuring social sustainability in agricultural production

The Food Security Standard aims to support the private sector’s effort to end hunger and to improve social sustainability. It seeks to realize the right to adequate food through the responsible production and global trade of agricultural commodities.

FOSSEM – A stepwise approach

The Food Security Standard (FSS) aims to reduce food insecurity in agricultural production and provides a practical instrument to demonstrate that human rights, in particular the “Right to Food”, are respected by agricultural producers for farm workers, smallholder farmers and communities. To fulfill the “Right to Food” and to achieve FSS certification, all criteria need to be complied with. However, complying with all requirements at once can be challenging for a farm and may take more time to achieve full compliance. In these situations, the FSS offers an alternative path: Food Security Sensitive Management (FOSSEM).

Upscaling the Right to Food through Certification

What happens if the Right to Food is violated in the very first step of the supply chain – where agricultural products like coffee, rubber or palm oil are grown? This happens in countries affected by hunger which produce products for global markets. The Food Security Standard (FSS) provides a solution: with this certification, the private sector can assess the local food security situation and showcase their commitment to human rights.

FSS Stakeholder Workshop 05.09.2023 | Berlin

FSS Stakeholder Workshop zum Thema: Menschenrechtliche Risiken in Agrarlieferketten erkennen und adressieren

The FSS: Demonstrating Companies’ Efforts Towards Zero Hunger Supply Chains

This flyer contains the FSS solutions and tools as well as the services that the FSS can offer.

FSS Due Diligence Webinar: Hands on Risk Assessment

The first online event of our FSS Due Diligence Webinar Series on 29th November 2022 explores how the FSS tools can be used to identify human rights risks within a thorough Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) management system

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“One thing that I like about the Food Security Standard is the objectivity with which it measures the availability of food to small-scale farmers.”
— Michael Kitetu (AfriCert, Kenya, 2020)

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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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