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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

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Part 1 what do you know about sustainability

Part 1:

What do you know about sustainability?

The Farmer Effect


Sustainability what does it mean
‘Sustainability’, what does it mean?

Different languages, different words

Latin: durabilis

Afrikaans: volhoudbaarheid

Kiswahili: endelevu (to continue)

Dutch: duurzaamheid

Germany: nachhaltigkeit

What words/expressions do you use in your own

language/dialect?


Sustainability what does it mean1
‘Sustainability’, what does it mean?

According to you…

What are the most important

aspects of sustainable living?

What are the most important

aspects of NON sustainable

living?


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’


Part 2 a turning point

Part 2:

A turning point

The Farmer Effect

Age of Stupid


A crucial moment in history
A crucial moment in history!

Financial crisis – climate

change - food crisis – gap

between the rich and the poor

All crises are interconnected


A crucial moment in history1
A crucial moment in history!

How do you notice in your

region that we are at a turning

point in history?


Environment

is better

protected

and

improved

Society seeks a more

environmentally sustainable

and socially

cohesive system

Economy

contributes

through

responsible

business

Action through

collaborative

governance,

innovation and change

Source: Nigel Room

One way out: a more sustainable world


A crucial moment in history2
A crucial moment in history!

Imagine a brand new time in history.

How would you call this new era?


Part 3 the shape of things to come

Part 3:

The Shape of Things to Come

The Farmer Effect


The new era what will it look like
The new era: what will it look like?

  • The trendsetters:

    View on sustainability by different players

  • Examples:

    Business

    Government

    Private persons


Example fome zero brasil
Example : “Fome Zero”, Brasil

  • Huge gap between the rich and the poor

  • Zero Hunger program

    "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


Example unilever
Example : Unilever

www.sustainable-living.unilever.com

Unilever sustainable living plan




Part 4 why is veco committed to sustainable family farming

Part 4:

Why is VECO committed to sustainable family farming?

The Farmer Effect



Agriculture part of the problem
Agriculture: part of the problem

  • 70% of global water consumption

  • 15 % emission of greenhouse gasses

  • Destruction of 13 million hectares of forest each year

  • Erosion, loss of soil

  • Decline of soil fertility

  • Dependence on fossil fuels for pesticides and fertilizers


Sustainable agriculture part of the solution
Sustainable Agriculture: part of the solution

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


Sustainable agriculture part of the solution1
Sustainable Agriculture: part of the solution

VECO/Vredeseilanden: vision

“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.”



If farmers earn a decent income from sustainable agriculture
If farmers earn a decent income from sustainable agriculture sustainable agriculture

then they can work themselves out of poverty

they can feed the world

and reduce the pressure on the earth


Part 5 sustainability in the veco programs

Part 5: sustainable agriculture

Sustainability in the VECO programs

The Farmer Effect


The farmer effect
The Farmer Effect sustainable agriculture

What effects have the VECO programs in terms of

sustainability?

Can you give concrete examples of the (positive or negative)

effects

Conservation of biodiversity

Health

  • Leisure

  • Improved water management

  • Stimulating local economy


The farmer effect1
The Farmer Effect sustainable agriculture

What are, in your opinion,

the most important

ingredients for improving

sustainability in our chain

interventions?


Part 6 the s of sacd enhance sustainable practices in veco programs

Part 6: sustainable agriculture

The S of SACD

Enhance sustainable practices in VECO programs

The Farmer Effect


How to check if veco is on the right track
How to check if VECO is on the right track… sustainable agriculture

  • Assess impact on sustainability after three years

  • Check if the sub-sector (commodity) is relevant

  • Chain screening to check if sustainability criteria are achieved/achievable and determine actions


Do the quick scan of all your chains
Do the quick scan of all your chains… sustainable agriculture

Are your chains:

  • Economically viable

  • Environmentally safe

  • Socially fair and culturally adequate?

    Do they have the potential for upscaling?


Re appraise the s of sacd
Re-appraise the S of SACD sustainable agriculture

A message from Luuk Zonneveld,

director of Vredeseilanden

Luuk


Re appraise the s of sacd1
Re-appraise the S of SACD sustainable agriculture

We want to put YOU in the spotlights in October during an

event in Belgium.

What sustainability case would you like to present?


To be continued
To be continued… sustainable agriculture

Your feedback to improve the next presentations in other

VECOs

When will you discuss the issues in this presentation with your partner organisations?


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