Why Do We Need a Food Security Standard?
The Food Security Standard provides a set of practicable and measurable criteria ensuring that the necessary conditions for the human right to adequate food are met in any agricultural production scheme. It is not a stand-alone standard but is designed as a best-practice set which is to be integrated as a whole to the existing criteria and indicators of any sustainability standard and certification scheme for agricultural and biomass-based products. The FSS catalogue consists of 45 criteria categorized under 17 themes. It is applicable to all biomass types and uses, farm sizes and business types.
International demand for agricultural commodities is steadily growing due to a rising consumption of food, feed, energy and materials. To avoid any competition between local food security and agri-exports, the EU and the German Federal Government grant the primacy of food security above all other biomass uses in their bioeconomic strategies. However, until now, there are no criteria and verification instruments regarding food security. Even the clear majority of certified agricultural production schemes does not check this.
About the Cooperation Project
Since May 2017, the NGOs WWF, Welthungerhilfe and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) bring together their expertise to address these issues. Aim of the cooperation Project is to implement, test and, if necessary revise, the previously developed set of food security criteria in food insecure regions in Africa, Latin-America and Asia. In each pilot region, the project will be accompanied and analysed by a representative stakeholder group (scientists, certification bodies, companies, civil society organizations, governmental representatives, worker groups etc.). Field experience will be gained in smallholder as well as in large scale agricultural settings. The experiences derived from this test phase will lead to a consolidation of the set of criteria and indicators and be integrated in a comprehensive auditor handbook and training materials.