GAFA | No Farmers, No Food, No Future…..

A new set of global Sustainable Development Goals, or “SDGs”, will shape the next 15 years of policies, programs and funding.
More than any other sector, agriculture is the common thread which holds the 17 SDGs together.

Investing in the agricultural sector can address not only hunger and malnutrition but also other challenges including poverty; water and energy use; climate change; and unsustainable production and consumption.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ARE CENTRAL TO THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

  • Placing sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition as the second goal reflects their primacy.
  • Achieving zero hunger means a focus on food and nutrition. If children are malnourished and their growth stunted in their first 1000 days their health is impacted for the rest of their life.  Their capacity to build and shape their future can be irrevocably harmed. It starts with farming and touches every person on the planet.
  • The indicators on the Post 2015 agenda must include hunger, nutrition, poverty, learning and sustainability issues so that agriculture can fulfill its role and potential within the SDGs.
  • Investment in agriculture needs to grow from all actors. The L’Aquila commitments did not flow adequately and agriculture remains underfunded. It is the top priority in the means of implementation and it should be an indicator.
  • Just as people-centred approaches are at the core of the development aspirations of the UN, agriculture programs need to be ‘farmer-centred and knowledge-based’ so that the full potential of farmers, both men and women, including small-holder and commercial farmers, can be harnessed in making food security and sustainable development a reality.
  • Sustainable agriculture is knowledge-based and requires a holistic view. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution in agriculture: The SDGs and Post 2015 process must reflect a broad diversity of farming systems: from livestock to crop; horticulture to agro-forestry; modern to traditional; co-operatives to businesses; smallholders to large.
  • We need ALL partners at the table – governments, farmers, scientists, civil society and private sector – in financing and means of implementation discussions around the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Stakeholders

The key stakeholders in Sustainable Agriculture Development Strategy.

  Public Sector
Farmers Associations
  NGOs and civil society groups
  Private Sector
  Agricultural Marketing Networks

Building inclusive and sustainable agribusiness value chains is at the heart of our work - We deliver our self-developed, market-led solutions to identify opportunities for value acquisition, retention, addition, creation and distribution in order to maximize the agriculture sector contributions to broad-based socio-economic development.
Key challenges include: misalignment between food business goals and farmer needs, preventing combined action; fragmented public-private partnerships in major growing jurisdictions, limiting solutions at scale; lack of coherent policies and financing mechanisms to de-risk/attract widespread private sector engagement; lack of consistent metrics and unclear science to transparently track and disclose progress.
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