Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA)
The goals of the initiative
The Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) is an association of players from within the private sector, civil society, and politics.
Together, we want to achieve greater sustainability across global agricultural supply chains and improve the living conditions of smallholders because:
„Those who sow food shall reap a better world.“
The initiative's work
The INA works independently of individual raw materials. It is committed to the development of sustainable regions where a cross-commodity approach comes into play.
In the focus of our work is:
INA is likewise looking into digital solutions for supporting producers as well as increasing supply chain transparency and will serve as an information platform.
INA sees itself as an open platform and experimental field. Within the framework of INA, around 70 actors have found fertile ground for coming together to be active with like-minded people.
Expertise on agricultural commodities
The INA works with a cross-commodity approach. As part of the Sustainable Supply Chains and Standards program of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ), it works closely with colleagues who have many years of expertise in individual raw materials. Through its close interaction with commodity-specific multi-stakeholder partnerships, INA is creating synergies to effectively combat deforestation and low wages and incomes.
The starting point
More than 400 million people live on the cultivation of agricultural commodities such as coffee, cocoa, bananas, palm oil or cotton. The cultivation of these raw materials is usually done in small-scale farming structures.
Smallholders are thus the basis for a secure, sustainable supply of food to the world's population. However, poverty, child labor, environmental problems and outdated cultivation methods continue to be major challenges in the cultivation of agricultural commodities.
In recent years, several commodity-specific multi-stakeholder partnerships (MAPs) have been set up to make agricultural supply chains more sustainable. Many companies are members of the relevant MAP platforms and also invest in their own sustainability programs. Certification through voluntary sustainability standards also makes an important contribution to the development of sustainable agricultural supply chains.
Nevertheless, low wages and incomes and deforestation continue to be a problem. A common approach by all actors across the borders of their supply chains promises greater impact.
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About the sustainability goals
INA is doing its part to work toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals:
END POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORMS EVERYWHERE
About 1 billion people still live in poverty — defined as an income of less than US $1.25 per day. The targets under Goal 1 include aiming for a world where the poor are not vulnerable to climate change, and have “equal rights to economic resources.”
END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Ending hunger also includes ending malnutrition, protecting small farmers, and changing farming itself so that agriculture and ecosystems can co-exist. It also means protecting the genetic diversity of the crops we grow, while investing in research to make farming more and more productive, especially in developing countries. By 2030, we need to ensure that no one ever goes hungry.
PROMOTE INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL
At least 75 million young people around the world, aged 15-24, are unemployed, out of school, and looking at a bleak future. This goal, while calling for economic growth to help close that gap, also calls for innovation and for “decoupling” growth from ecosystem degradation.
ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION PATTERNS
The world’s nations (through the UN) have already agreed to a “10-year framework” to make the way we produce and consume goods more sustainable. This goal references that, but also covers topics like reducing food waste, corporate sustainability practice, public procurement, and making people aware of how their lifestyle choices make a difference.
SUSTAINABLY MANAGE FORESTS, COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, HALT AND REVERSE LAND DEGRADATION, HALT BIODIVERSITY LOSS
Life on our beautiful planet earth is under terrible duress. This comprehensive goal covers nearly every aspect of the threat to living ecosystems and biodiversity. We cannot afford to lose any more nature, which is why the word "halt" is used repeatedly in the targets section.
REVITALIZE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Goal 17 is about making sure all countries have what they need — funds, capacities, technologies, etc. — to achieve the rest of the SDGs. The targets are a comprehensive list of such needs, including the need for partnerships and collaboration. Every country, every sector has a role to play!