Boosting the role of farmers in fairer and more sustainable value chains
How short supply chains, value chain contracts and origin labelling can ensure more value added for farmers to support food security
Friday, 19 October, 08:30 – 10:00
Iran Room, FAO
Sustainability and food security are just two of the main challenges we are facing today at the global level, with a great impact on vulnerable groups including food producers.
Furthermore, the integration of farmers into food value chains is being jeopardized by an increasing concentration along global supply chains and the exposure to global competitive markets.
Farmers, especially small-scale ones in developing countries, face different barriers in accessing the market that reduce their bargaining power over large suppliers, buyers and retailers, leading to a decrease in their incomes and decision-making power.
However, this trend could be reversed by changing the way we refer to food: not as a commodity but as a valuable product.
Stronger relationships can be built between food production and consumption and among value chain actors, developing different networks of distribution and exchange.
The use of ICT in agriculture, initiatives focused on origins of products as well as the promotion of local markets, can help farmers to maximize their incomes and strengthen their position along the food value chain, while at the same time contributing to sustainability, conservation of biodiversity and increase in the food production. Value chain contracts among all the different actors of the value chain (from producers to retailers) can contribute to reinforce the bargaining power of farmers, also through the support of farmers' organisations, promoting fair trade practices and prices.
A stronger cooperation is needed between public and private sector to engage all the different stakeholders that can contribute to the achievement of more sustainable food systems and value chains, thus improving farmers’ working and earning conditions.
Thinking local and promoting fair trade practices can bring concrete solutions to global challenges contributing to achieve global food security and sustainability.
BRENDA TLHABANE Farmer, African Farmers Association of South Africa, AFASA, South Africa
VERONICA BARBATI Farmer, Fondazione Campagna Amica - Coldiretti, Italy
EMILIE VANDECANDELAERE Agribusiness and Quality Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations, FAO, Italy
GAETANA PETRICCIONE Senior Researcher, Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, CREA, Italy
ROSSELLA CARDONE Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Market Area Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, Sweden
VICTORIA HATTON Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry for Primary Industries and Representative of the Global Research Alliance on Greenhouse Gases, GRA, New Zealand
SARAH CROFOOT Young Farmer, New Zealand
Organized by the World Farmers’ Organisation
and the Permanent Representation of Italy to the Rome-based UN agencies
with the support of and in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Rome