Benefits for large food companies to develop their in-house sustainable sourcing schemes include greater control and less bureaucracy, according to market intelligence company, Ecovia Intelligence.

Lionel Flutto, president, flavour, Symrise Asia Pacific, and Romy Weytens, Taste Competence Manager, spoke with APFI at length about the vanilla industry and what the company has been doing to help smallholder vanilla farmers in the past 10 years. The second of our two-part vanilla feature, they share about the company’s role in the vanilla industry in Madagascar. By Michelle Cheong

The Smallholder Agriculture Finance and Investment Network (SAFIN) will bring together private, public and philanthropic sectors and rural farmers and enterprises to resolve rural financing challenges with coordinated action and investment.

An estimated US$265 billion a year is needed to achieve the first two Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and hunger by 2030, and the world will need to take urgent action to achieve this, according to Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

It has just been one year from the launch of the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs), and with unprecedented changes that took place politically, 2016 was been a year of historic change—and one that marked a pivotal moment in shaping our future. Leaders of the world gathered at the recent responsible business forum to discuss the developments and results of the SDGs.

Based on the 2010-2015 rates of the 19 countries being monitored in Asia Pacific for prevalence of undernourishment rates (PoU), the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicts only two of the 19 countries will be able to achieve the UN’s second sustainable development goal (SDG) of achieving zero hunger by 2030.

A new report was recently launched by the United Nation’s (UN) International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and it revealed the crucial role the world’s drylands play in buffering the negative impacts of climate change, land degradation and drought.

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