The Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA) is a ground-breaking initiative.
We are an international, CEO-led, private sector alliance committed to harnessing the collective strengths of the global agri-business sector to tackle environmental, social and sustainability challenges to improve the resilience of farmers across the world. Particularly, we want to help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.
The GAA is unique in being the first global alliance of its kind with private sector companies across the entire value chain of food and non-food crops focused on sustainability and development challenges in our sector.
As the companies operating closest to ‘farmgate’ there is considerable potential for us to make advances in tackling the seemingly intractable challenges facing our supply chains, such as climate change.
Our members span the globe: we are growers and producers, traders, fertiliser and agro-chemicals manufacturers, seed suppliers, primary processors and agri-tech suppliers from both food and non-food crops.
Whilst many of us contribute to wider value chain initiatives with our customers, trade association and NGO partners, to date we have not harnessed our combined strengths at the sector/global level. We also agree that we need more impact, more quickly, especially with another 1.1 billion mouths to feed by 2030.
In providing food and raw materials, the agricultural sector has a central role to play in the pursuit of sustainable development due to its influence on people and the planet. It employs more than 2 billion people globally, is a foundation for rural development, and underpins many national economies in terms of their share of GDP and employment.
At the same time, agriculture accounts for 70 percent of all freshwater withdrawals and is a leading driver of natural ecosystem conversion. The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change estimates that the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector contributes about 20-24% of direct GHG emissions.
Governments, companies, and other stakeholders increasingly recognise the importance of these issues, as demonstrated by the adoption of SDGs in September of 2015. For companies, these 17 goals offer a framework for organising efforts around sustainable development and provide a historic window of opportunity for constructive collaboration between the private, public and plural sectors (‘PPP Partnerships’) towards ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. The SDGs embrace many issues familiar to companies in the agri-business sector, including a recognition of the need to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” (SDG Goal 2).
Many agri-business companies are actively assessing their potential contribution to the delivery of these goals and how to do so at scale. Through its global reach in smallholder and large-scale agriculture, as well as through its extensive stakeholder partnerships, the agri-business sector is well positioned to take a lead in making a significant industry contribution to achieving these SDGs while prioritising and addressing sector-specific challenges.