Not only the population is growing at a rapid pace, so is prosperity – and this growth entails changing consumption patterns. This in turn poses major challenges to global food systems: what kind of future food system meets both the demands of a growing global population and contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? The FAO and the SEED programme, implemented by adelphi, have partnered to support innovators in the agricultural and food sectors: their aim is to boost the innovation capacity of 12 companies that are driving forces for the transformation of the food system, while also contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.
On track for growth with 12 innovators
As a globally founded action partnership, SEED has been supporting sustainable development and the green economy since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. For the SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme, 12 agriculture and food innovators were selected from SEED's portfolio of 358 supported companies. As part of the 10-month programme, the companies will, for instance, be supported in scaling their business models and networking with new partners. To increase their chances of obtaining financing, their innovation potential and their market reach, they will receive assistance in developing business, marketing or investment plans, as well as guidance on approaching potential financers.
These 12 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are active in eight countries in Africa and Asia. They have developed solutions that are not only ground-breaking for a transformation of the agricultural and food systems, but also improve the lives of the most vulnerable people of their communities.
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Enterprises chosen among 358 SEED-supported enterprises
For the SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme
Innovators of the SDG Agrifood Accelerator Programme
The Amaati Group empowers rural Ghanaian women by helping them grow indigenous fonio cereal. This cereal species not only has low water requirements but can also endure adverse weather conditions; this increases resilience. Here, 2,000 farmers are working together: they dry, husk, package, store and market products made from fonio grain and intended for household use.
This Botswana-based company trains farmers to work with beehives. The hives also serve as "active fences" to prevent elephants from entering the farmland and destroying the harvest. Kalahari Honey buys the products from the farmers and markets them worldwide.
In Thailand, Listenfield is working on precision farming solutions. They apply scientific principles and incorporate climate data to ultimately reduce field operating costs and enable detailed yield predictions.
The results of the FAO-SEED Agrifood Accelerator Programme will be presented at the Global UN Food Systems Stocktaking Moment. The event, which will take place 24 to 26 July 2023, at the FAO in Rome, Italy, will focus on the progress of the transformation of global food systems and their contribution to the realization of the 2030 agenda.
The goal is to promote the resilience of food systems, to advocate for their adaptation to climate change, to ensure that they contribute to community resilience, and to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Contributing to Sustainable Development Goals
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Goal 1: No poverty
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 13: Climate action
More details on the twelve chosen enterprises and the project can be found on the SEED website.