Sustainability within VECO/Vredeseilanden. Part 1: What do you know about sustainability?. The Farmer Effect. ‘Sustainability’, what does it mean?. Different languages, different words Latin: durabilis Afrikaans: volhoudbaarheid Kiswahili: endelevu (to continue) Dutch: duurzaamheid
What do you know about sustainability?
Different languages, different words
Kiswahili: endelevu (to continue)
What words/expressions do you use in your own
According to you…
What are the most important
aspects of sustainable living?
What are the most important
aspects of NON sustainable
‘Sustainability’, what does it mean?
Most quoted definition (Brundtland):
‘to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’
A turning point
Age of Stupid
Financial crisis – climate
change - food crisis – gap
between the rich and the poor
All crises are interconnected
How do you notice in your
region that we are at a turning
point in history?
Society seeks a more
innovation and change
Source: Nigel Room
One way out: a more sustainable world
Imagine a brand new time in history.
How would you call this new era?
The Shape of Things to Come
View on sustainability by different players
"If at the end of my term every Brazilian person has three meals per day, I will have fulfilled my life's mission…“
—President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 2003
Unilever sustainable living plan
Why is VECO committed to sustainable family farming?
Sustainable small scale farming is the way to go!
Listen to Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the
Right to Food
Olivier De Schutter
“we can see each day new seeds of an alternative world, a fair
globalization. Innovative initiatives that aim for a sustainable agriculture
at human scale and with respect for the environment. Carried out
worldwide by female and male farmers and their organizations,
supported and nourished by consumers, private companies, public
authorities and civil society organizations.”
Viable livelihoods for family farmers through income from sustainable agriculture
then they can work themselves out of poverty
they can feed the world
and reduce the pressure on the earth
Part 5: sustainable agriculture
Sustainability in the VECO programs
What effects have the VECO programs in terms of
Can you give concrete examples of the (positive or negative)
Conservation of biodiversity
What are, in your opinion,
the most important
ingredients for improving
sustainability in our chain
Part 6: sustainable agriculture
The S of SACD
Enhance sustainable practices in VECO programs
Are your chains:
Do they have the potential for upscaling?
A message from Luuk Zonneveld,
director of Vredeseilanden
We want to put YOU in the spotlights in October during an
event in Belgium.
What sustainability case would you like to present?
Your feedback to improve the next presentations in other
When will you discuss the issues in this presentation with your partner organisations?