LET’S TALK ABOUT Food.
We all need to eat. In order to be able to feed the world now and in the future we need food systems and agriculture to become more sustainable. We can no longer exploit resources beyond planetary boundaries, and we need to find better solutions for feeding, nutritiously and healthily, the world’s growing billions. Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) offers a solution to this growing dilemma.
What is SCP?
SCP is a concept for harmonising sustainable production with sustainable consumption. The idea is to work at both ends, the supply of and the demand for sustainable food.SCP – What’s that?
Working on SCP
WWF is engaging stakeholders that can make a difference in the production and the consumption of food, working together to develop, decide and implement solutions for biodiversity, food and climate change mitigation.About
WWF’s activities are embedded in an international network of collaborations, from the One Planet Network of the United Nations to individual governments, the private sector as well as civil society.Collaborations
SCP Asia Hub
In order to really make a difference, WWF has chosen to work in Asia: the most populated region in the world and where high income growth is leading to an increasing ecological footprint. The targeted countries are facing severe environmental challenges, but higher wealth does not need to be associated with higher impact. This huge challenge also presents great opportunities that can be harnessed by collaborating with key stakeholders on implementing SCP.
Engaging actors across the food system, WWF-Thailand addresses smallholders, farmers’ associations, social enterprises, the retail sector and consumers. In a market-based approach agricultural practice is shifted towards sustainability (area-based SCP). A community of consumers conscious of sustainability is established.
Focused on campaigning for “Better Consumption”, WWF-Indonesia is engaging communities to build up awareness and momentum. In parallel, private businesses, especially in the palm oil sector are engaged to identify solutions for reducing social and environmental impacts and developing new pathways to corporate sustainability.
In its initiative “The Sustainable Diner” WWF-Philippines is partnering with restaurants and hotels to provide healthy and environmentally-friendly food options. The initiative is generating awareness on the environmental and climate impacts of the food service industry, and demonstrating ways to reduce food waste.
What are the benefits of SCP?
SCP is a concept that connects environmental, social and economic dimensions of our societies’ activities, creating fertile grounds for multi-stakeholder partnerships. SCP provides a common vision for actors across systems, facilitating engagement and cooperation.
The project engages and advises governments to reduce the ecological footprint of the agri-food sector, focusing on the development of national climate change mitigation strategies.SCP for Governments
The project accompanies private sector corporations in their sustainability journey, helping organizations identify the most significant threats to supply, brand reputation and bottom line. By advising on the integration of SCP principles into business strategies, WWF helps corporations mitigate risks holistically.SCP for Businesses
The project helps consumers to understand the links between consumption choices and footprints. It provides insight into how SCP can reduce the impacts of an unsustainable lifestyle.SCP for Consumers
Food & Climate
Food production and consumption are responsible for:
19–29 % of human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
of the terrestrial biodiversity loss
of fresh-water use
Where we’re at: Many of the world’s food systems are exceeding or approaching planetary limits and are compromising the capacity of the planet to produce food in the future. The current global food system is leaving 815 million people hungry, two billion micronutrient deficient, more than 600 million people obese and 1.9 billion overweight. And the world population is growing.
What can be done: Solutions include favoring production on degraded lands instead of converting natural ecosystems, diversifying crops adapted to context conditions, decreasing or eliminating unnecessary agrochemical inputs, increasing yields sustainably, shorten supply chains, leveraging public procurement to support sustainably produced food, avoiding food loss and waste, favoring local food production, and raising awareness and extending knowledge to all parts of society.