Nowadays, more than 50% of all fish we eat is farmed. Aquaculture can produce healthy, high quality food with limited environmental impact, creating jobs and prosperity, if done sustainably. Learn more about IDH’s approach and about the Seafood MAP which aims to support non-certified producers, small-scale fishing and farming communities to become more sustainable; and help markets to supply more sustainable seafood.
Sustainability Initiative: Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative
In the last few decades, the fast expansion of the floriculture sector has led to significant economic growth and prosperity in production countries. At the same time, the sector is confronted by a number of sustainability challenges, on which IDH and the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative are working together to drive change and improve practices.
Sustainability Initiative: Floriculture Sustainability Initiative
Demand for fruit and vegetables continues to increase globally, due to healthier lifestyles in the west and a growing middle class in developing countries. In order to meet demand and consumer expectations, the sector needs to adopt more sustainable production methods. To accelerate this, in 2012, IDH, together with 13 Dutch retailers and traders, launched the Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables, that has since then grown into a pan-European initiative with over 40 partners in six different countries.
Sustainability Initiative: Sustainability Initiative Fruit and Vegetables (SIFAV)
Across juice supply chains, social and environmental challenges are increasingly coming into focus. Juice supply chains can be complex and dynamic, with inputs that are largely commoditized – this can be a challenging setting in which to make progress. To improve the sustainability of global juice supply chains, IDH collaborates with companies to build demand for more sustainable production.
Sustainability Initiative: Sustainable Juice Covenant
IDH focuses on the improvement of livelihood of the smallholder farmers in Africa, where cashew is one of the main cash crops for about 2 million small-scale farmers, who typically have extremely low yields of around 50% of the world average. IDH and its partners support the creation of strong market links between farmer aggregates, processing factories in Africa and end-buyers in western countries, initiating a transition to direct sourcing from smallholders.
Sustainability Initiative: Sustainable Nut Initiative
Focus Areas: Living Income
The spice market is under increasing pressure: While demand for spices is on the rise, the sector is challenged by issues that affect supply, in the short as well as in the long term. There is a growing need to control and trace the origin of the spices, and assure availability of safe and high quality products that come from sustainable sources.
Sustainability Initiative: Sustainable Spices Initiative
There is a clear need to tackle sustainability and quality issues in vanilla production and processing and improve sector transparency. IDH strives to increase the supply of traceable, sustainably produced and high quality vanilla, improve the livelihoods and income of the farmers and contribute to better sector governance and transparency. The focus is currently on Madagascar, but the general approach is a global one.
Sustainability Initiative: Sustainable Vanilla Initiative
F&I Living Wage focus is directed at ensuring a decent standard of living for permanent and temporary workers as well as equal wages for male and female workers. This is combined with improving working conditions and solving issues like gender inequality or child labour, while fostering the overall creation of more decent jobs.
Food Crops and Ingredients Sustainability Initiatives follow IDH’s Roadmap on Living Wages, an initiative steered by a dozen leading companies with advice from key sustainability organizations, to provide tools and approaches for companies to work on living wages in a uniformed way. IDH also initiated the first national sector-specific covenant with targets on Living Wages, the Dutch Banana Retail Commitment.
Living Income: For Food Crops and Ingredients sectors predominantly grown by smallholders, the Sustainability Initiatives contribute to better, stable and equitable incomes of male and female farmers, in a long-term vision towards a living income – an income that at least covers the cost of a decent standard of living.
The focus is on sustainable sourcing: Within specific service delivery programs, IDH partners with industry actors, local agri-entrepreneurs and producer organizations to ensure that products are produced responsibly and meet sustainability standards. This includes training and services for farmers that help to enhance farm productivity, foster sustainable agriculture practices, and increase access services as data and finance, while promoting inclusion and equality.
Environment: Food Crops and Ingredients products are primarily grown by agriculture, aquaculture and floriculture, which include practices that can have a negative impact on the environment, for example in the areas of water use, chemical use, greenhouse gas emissions, and loss of biodiversity.
Many organizations are seeking to reduce their environmental impact. By joining Sustainability Initiatives, companies can scale up their impact ambitions to cover their total supply chain and embrace targets towards 2030 in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Value Chain Development is a market-led approach for creating sustainable, inclusive & economically viable supply chains. It supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and smallholder farmers – particularly in Africa – to meet the quality, volume and compliance requirements of global brands, retailers and traders, thereby improving employment, income and livelihoods, especially for women and youth.
This is achieved through partnerships with buyers to provide technical, commercial and financial support for SMEs and smallholder farmers. Investing in their business operations enables them to supply FMCG companies and to access premium markets in Africa, Europe and elsewhere.
Sector expertise on developing sustainable trade
Convene and align industry on common goals for impact
Help companies contributing to UN SDGs
Support due diligence requirements for supply chains
Provide assurance to meet government, EU and retailers’ requirements
Direct the development of standards for sustainability