With the aim to collectively tackle the major environmental and social challenges facing agricultural supply chains and rural communities across the world, 36 leading agribusiness companies have launched the Global Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) at the Building Sustainable Futures Forum in Singapore.
The newly-formed GAA is a CEO-led private sector initiative seeking to contribute significantly to the delivery of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, most notably “SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”.
David Nabarro, special advisor to the UN secretary-general on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, said: “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will change our world: Eradicating poverty, tackling climate change and ensuring a prosperous, safe and healthy future for our children and grandchildren.”
The companies already involved are headquartered across the world with representation from Africa, Asia, Australia, the USA and South America, and are involved in multiple commodities including grains, dairy, edible nuts, edible oils, pulses, rubber, sugar and agro-chemicals.
“The SDGs also represent investment opportunities for responsible businesses, and are essential for sustainable economic growth. Achieving the SDGs will only be possible with the full commitment of the business community, transforming their business models to deliver also social and environmental value, and working in partnership with the public sector and civil society. The launch of the Global Agribusiness Alliance is excellent news for the SDGs.”
The GAA is unique in bringing together the companies operating closest to the “farm gate” and therefore having the greatest influence on the stewardship of natural resources and surrounding communities, many of whom may also be employed by the sector. The member profile includes growers and producers, traders, fertiliser, agro-chemical and seed suppliers, agri-service providers, primary processors and agri-tech suppliers for both food and non-food crops.
Members will collaborate to improve rural livelihoods and working conditions, mitigate climate risks and manage natural capital sustainably at the landscape level. – Press release