There is a growing international demand of agricultural commodities. In the producing countries, food security and the production for export are often competing. Food security has been hardly addressed in sustainability standards and certification schemes. The Food Security Standard (FSS)provides a set of practicable and measurable criteria and audit tools that can be incorporated in existing sustainability standards.It is based on the Human Right to adequate Food.
Dr. Eva Müller (BMEL) pointed out that the FSS translates principles and guidelines into concrete actions. Certainly, certification cannot replace the responsibility of governments to fulfill the Right to adequate Food. Governments can also adapt and implement the FSS criteria in national legislation.
By adopting the FSS, companies can demonstrate that they are truly committed to Human Rights and the SDGs and that they act according to their due diligence. Thedevelopers of the FSS recommend that the Food Security Standard should become a legal requirement in global agricultural supply chains. The FSS was tested in five different pilot regions in plantations and smallholder settings and is now ready to be implemented.
Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (ZEF)
“Der Food Security Standard kann Unternehmen bei der Wahrnehmung ihrer menschenrechtlichen Sorgfaltspflichten sinnvoll unterstützen.
Private Nachhaltigkeitsstandards und Zertifizierungssysteme sind ein Baustein zur Förderung der Ernährungssicherheit der lokalen Bevölkerung. Sie können die Wahrnehmung staatlicher Verpflichtungen zur Verwirklichung des Menschenrechts auf Nahrung nicht ersetzen.”
1975-1981 Studium Biologie und Chemie an der Universität Heidelberg, Bachelorabschluss (BSc)
1982-1984 Studium Forstwissenschaften von der Yale University in den USA, Masterabschluss (MSc)
1996 Promotion an der Universität Hamburg abgeschlossen (PhD)
1984-1986 CARE International in Ruanda
1987-1989 Beraterin beim World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenia.
1990 bis 2001 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) in Costa Rica, Teamleiterin und technische Beraterin für die Forstwirtschaft.
2001 bis 2004 stellvertretende Leiterin der Abteilung „Aufforstung und Waldbewirtschaftung“ bei der Internationalen Tropenholzorganisation (ITTO) mit Sitz in Japan.
2004 bis 2018 verschiedene Führungspositionen mit zunehmendem Verantwortungsbereich bei der Ernährungs- und Landwirtschaftsorganisation der Vereinten Nationen (FAO) in Rom. Als Leiterin der Abteilung „Forstpolitik und Forstressourcen“ war sie für alle Ergebnisse, Programme und Maßnahmen der FAO auf fachlicher Ebene im Forstbereich verantwortlich. Seit April 2019 Leiterin der Abteilung „Wald, Nachhaltigkeit, Nachwachsende Rohstoffe“ im Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft
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“The respect of human rights in international supply chains becomes increasingly important.
The Food Security Standard is a practical tool how the private sector can prove their due diligence regarding the Human Right to adequate Food.
It is now possible to assess and reliably certify that farmers and plantation workers are food secure in global supply chains.
Raising awarenessabout food security problems in agriculture and requesting the FSS as solution needs support of a multiple range of stakeholders: from consumers to retailers, processors, traders, producers and governments.”
Tina Beuchelt (Dr. sc. agr.) is a senior researcher at ZEF, a research institute that aims to find science-based solutions to development-related issues. She leads the accompanying research and development of food security assessment tools in the ‘Food Security Standard’ project. Her research addresses food security and sustainable development within the emerging bioeconomies, the impact of sustainability standards as well as human rights and social inclusion in global agricultural supply chains.
Before joining ZEF, she worked for several years as an agricultural economist on sustainable agricultural intensification, climate change, gender and food security in Latin America, Asia and Africa at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico and at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
“People are going hungry in many countries that produce agricultural commodities for the world market. Many of these countries also face the degradation and lossof natural resources and valuable ecosystems.Transformation towards sustainable agricultural production requires a holistic perspective. Ensuring food security of land workers and smallholder farmers in production countries is essential for this. In dealing with food security in agricultural supply chains, it is time to move from the debate to the action. It is time for companies to source truly sustainable feedstocks, ensuring that the right to food of smallholders and land workers are respected. The Food Security Standard, incorporated in sustainability standards, is an instrument to achieve this.”
Liliana Gamba, PhD, works as Senior Project Coordinator Sustainable Biomass at WWF Germany. She coordinates the Food Security Standard Project at WWF. Liliana has more than fifteen years’ experience in the development and practical implementation of sustainability policies and strategies in different sectors including biofuels, bioenergy and biomaterials. Prior joining WWF, she worked as an international consultant advising governments, cooperation agencies, multilateral banks, international organizations, industry associations and corporate clients. Liliana holds a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from the Berlin University of Technology.
“Agricultural certification and verification programs are market driven schemes designed to sustainably address social, environmental and economic needs of participants in a given agricultural supply chain. Such programs are designed to ensure continuous supply of ethically sourced productswhile contributing positively to farming communities through payment of premiums, protection of environments and ensuring protection of workers welfare. However, key component of ensuring food security to farming communities is not addressed. Food Security Standard seeks to bridge this gap and ensuresthat farming communities are food secure in their production systems.”
Mr. Michael Kitetu is a Lead auditor and Scheme Manager working for Africert Certification Company (africertlimited.co.ke) in Kenya. He has seven years of experience in auditing Rainforest Alliance (RA), UTZ, 4C, C.A.F.É, COCOA and Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) standards in Eastern, Southern, Central and Western African Countries. In his work, he is concerned with topics such as sustainable farming practices, which takes into account
protection of employees’ social welfare, labor rights, health & safety and environmental conservation.
At Africert, he has served under several roles as an; Auditor, Lead auditor, Verifier and Certifier for the UTZ Certification program before assuming the roles of managing the Starbucks C.A.F.É & COCOA Practices program. In early and mid-2019, he took a lead role in spearheading the Food Security Standard Audits in Zambia and Kenya for Cotton and Coffee crops respectively.
His key responsibilities as a Scheme Manager and Lead auditor include but are not limited to:
Michael is a highly resourceful, flexible, innovative and enthusiastic individual possessing considerable experience of managing certification programs from beginning to end of processes. He has an impressive record of accomplishment of delivering major operational improvements and of orchestrating producer schedules and resources for optimum efficiency and quality of services.
“Food security is already addressed by some existing certification criteria. However, it should become an integral part of the overall certification approach from upfront risk analysis, on-site audit, audit report to definition of improvement measures. Here the FSS is very valuable.
Causes of food (in)security are very complex and also include macro level aspects. It is important to break this down to a level of companies in a practical and verifiable way so that it can be covered by certification that focuses on individual actors and in a way that a continuous improvement process can be initiated.
Demand for FSS must be initiated. It must come from companies and stakeholders in industrialized countries. Awareness rising, demand and understanding of FSS at all levels is key.
ISCC is open for further discussions and implementation of the FSSDr.”
Jan Henke has studied International Economics at the University of Tübingen in Germany.
He has worked for four years at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in the research area of environmental and resource economics. During that time, he also acquired his PhD. After that he joined Meo Carbon Solutions, a management consultancy focussing on sustainability, climate change, renewable resources, bio- and circular economy and
While working with Meo, Jan was involved from the beginning in the development of ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) and GRAS (Global Risk Assessment Services) in multi-stakeholder processes.
Jan is working globally on topics of renewable resources, sustainability, renewable energies, supply chain analysis, climate change, land use and land use change, GHG calculations, the bio- and circular economy and sustainability certification for all markets. Currently he is inter alia heavily involved in the further development of ISCC for the bio-based and circular economy. Jan was also involved in the development of the Food Security Standard and the piloting of the standard within ISCC.