In 2016, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched a needs-driven Umbrella Programme to enhance responsible investment in agriculture and food systems with a view to addressing the global challenges of food security and hunger, particularly in low income countries. The work includes support for the application of guidance instruments such as the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (CFS-RAI), endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in 2014.
For disempowered rural communities – often indigenous – access to Fair Trade markets can make the difference between destitution and self-sufficiency, between misery and decent livelihoods. The agricultural output in such communities is often organic by default; much of it has the potential to appeal to environmentally and socially conscious retailers and consumers. But the produce is of little use if none of it reaches external markets. IDLO is working to open up fair trade opportunities for those who need them most.
Buying a bar of chocolate, a pack of coffee… Picking this one over that one… “Bananas? Ah yes… Let me see the label… Shall we get those smaller ones?”
El comercio puede ser una contribución importante para el desarrollo sostenible, pero se necesitan soluciones legales innovadoras que garanticen que los más pobres del mundo accedan de manera justa a sus beneficios, según palabras de Irene Khan, Directora General de la Organización Internacional de Derecho para el Desarrollo (IDLO, por sus siglas en inglés).
In order to ease the isolation experienced by some of Ecuador’s indigenous communities, IDLO has designed a legal model for accessing fair trade markets. The pilot phase of the initiative took place in two remote Quechua-speaking mountain settlements, Rumicorral and Ambrosio Lasso. Both communities had extremely low social indicators, with virtually no access to external markets for what was otherwise naturally organic and pesticide-free farming produce.
El comercio puede ser una contribución importante para el desarrollo sostenible, pero se necesitan soluciones legales innovadoras...