Washington, DC, USA, October 14, 2014
Today, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) pledged its commitment to ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices,’ an innovative private-public collaboration for safe and sustainable agriculture. Initiated by GLOBALG.A.P., SAI Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC), The Declaration of Abu Dhabi brings together major market players in the food industry to identify, align and implement practical and viable solutions in response to growing global food security and safety challenges.
The initiative is an open call for global collaboration to find new approaches that will make it easier, more cost effective, and more attractive for farmers worldwide to adopt safe and sustainable production practices. This will make markets more accessible for farmers, and help them sustain their livelihoods as well as reduce poverty and malnutrition.
By joining The Declaration of Abu Dhabi, the signatories pledge to develop solutions that will help raise agricultural productivity. It will help ensure food safety and quality, and the sustainability of natural resources without compromising biodiversity and ecosystems.
To this end, The Declaration of Abu Dhabi unites public and private partners committed to developing and adopting three important measures:
- A common set of good agricultural practices.
- A system for uniquely identifying every farm that is recognized by all stakeholders.
- A mechanism for securing the commitment and reporting by supply chain partners.
The Abu Dhabi Set of Good Agricultural Practices – builds upon established and ongoing work in all aspects of good agriculture and aquaculture practices, including food safety, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. The set of practices will draw upon existing standards and assessment tools and will serve as a consistent language for sustainability criteria, applicable to farms of all sizes worldwide.
The collaboration will establish a system for uniquely identifying every farm, and ensuring a public reporting mechanism for supply chains. The Abu Dhabi Set of Good Agricultural Practices and the unique farm identification and reporting mechanism, will serve as a foundation upon which diverse training, assessment and verification programs may be adapted and built, and impacts may be measured.
“As a networking organization that serves as both a catalyst and a clearinghouse for ideas and talent in our global food and agribusiness system, IFAMA sees tremendous potential for a common language of safe and sustainable agricultural practices,” said Thad Simons, President of the IFAMA Board of Directors. “We hope for engagement of public and academic institutions who will actively use this common set in training and capacity building programs for the world’s farmers.”
IFAMA will sign the Declaration and participate in the inaugural signatories meeting during a formal launch event in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 28-29 October 2014. The event will be held in conjunction with the GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2014 which is under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of UAE, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.
A website has been launched to provide information and details about The Declaration of Abu Dhabi. To learn more, please visit www.declaration-of-abu-dhabi.org.
About International Food and Agribusiness Management Association
IFAMA is an international management organization based in Washington, DC, that brings together current and future business, academic, and government leaders along with other industry stakeholders to improve the strategic focus, transparency, sustainability, and responsiveness of the global food and agribusiness system. IFAMA has over 700 members in more than 50 countries, and serves as an effective worldwide networking organization, bridging the agribusiness industry, researchers, educators, government, consumer groups and non-governmental organizations. IFAMA will hold its 25th Annual Forum on the theme “People Feed the World: Innovation, Talent and Technology in 21st Century Agribusiness” June 14-18 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, USA. http://www.ifama.org/