Engaging with business in the agri-food sector

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Promoting a sustainable agriculture and food sector

The ways in which the global food system depends on the health of natural ecosystems is clear. It’s also clear that the current degradation of natural systems impacts not only on agri-businesses, but also on workers, local communities, food security, public health, the economy and the climate.

Positive interventions in the food system therefore have the ability to generate benefits that cascade through nature, society and the economy. To successfully transform the food system, we need to:

  • Develop collaborative partnerships at regional and national levels between key players in the agri-food value chain,
  • Support those working in the sector to understand the complex ways in which they depend and impact on the health of ecosystems for their success, and provide a clear business case for investing in their protection and restoration, and
  • Identify areas where nature-based solutions can be implemented to deliver benefits for business, nature and communities.

The Capitals Coalition, in partnership with TEEB, will work with businesses with the overall goal of building resilience, mainstreaming best practice, protecting biodiversity and contributing to a more sustainable agriculture and food sector in seven EU partner countries: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand.

Resources

Global activities

  1. Develop operational guidelines for business for the application of TEEBAgriFood and the Natural Capital Protocol, outlining how actors can take better decisions based on assessment, measurement and valuation of invisible flows and stocks of natural, social and human capitals across agri-food value chains. (forthcoming)

Country-level activities

  1. Boost country-wide collaboration by creating strategic partnerships and developing strong and robust networks of key players across the agri-food value chain.
  2. Organize roundtables, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss geographically-specific challenges and best practices, and collaborate on the development of new guidelines based on the TEEBAgriFood Evaluation Framework and the Natural and Social & Human Capital Protocols.
  3. Build capacity through training programs, providing the knowledge and support from experts to carry out natural, social and human capital assessments and pilot studies.
  4. Consolidate applied cases studies, share evidence and scale up guidance to a global audience for the transformation of decision-making in agri-food sectors.

For an overview of activities at the country level, visit the respective sections in the country webpages below:

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