"The Art of Farming", the Third Conference on Sustainable Agriculture is being hosted by three organisations: SAI Platform, Sustainable Food Laboratory and CIAA.

SAI Platform

Three of the world's largest food producers, Danone, Nestlé and Unilever, recognized that sustainability is critical to secure a constant, growing, and safe supply of agricultural raw materials. The companies came together in 2002 to found The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform-a non-profit organization dedicated to actively supporting the development of sustainable global agriculture practices involving all stakeholders of the food supply chain.

The SAI Platform today includes corporate 22 members, with estimated sales of USD 350 billion, which actively work to promote sustainable agriculture as a productive, competitive and efficient way of producing agricultural products, while at the same time protecting and improving the natural environment and social/economic conditions of local communities.

The SAI Platform members are organized in crop/issue specific working groups including: arable and vegetable crops, coffee, dairy, fruit, and water and agriculture. Working group members meet on a regular basis to share information and knowledge on sustainable agriculture practices. Every member company carries out "in-house" pilot projects on certain crops or crop-related issues in their supply chain and the results are disseminated among the members. Additionally, the SAI Platform works to share expertise with many universities and international organizations (like the FAO) and holds a variety of seminars and conference on issues pertaining to sustainable agriculture. The SAI Platform recently published a Benchmark Study of Agriculture Schemes and, together with the SFL, a Short Guide to Sustainable Agriculture.

Learn more at: http://www.saiplatform.org/

Sustainable Food Laboratory

The Sustainable Food Lab is a consortium of 70 businesses and social organizations from four continents. Its mission is to deepen and accelerate the shift of sustainable food from niche to mainstream. Food Lab members have access to sustainability training, leadership development, case studies and off-the-shelf tools. Three grant funded clusters of supply chain projects aim at measuring and monetizing climate impacts, improving livelihoods in developing countries, and developing metrics to measure progress along all three dimensions of sustainability. The Food Lab is a safe space for business/NGO shared learning and strategy, and the Food Lab is also an efficient space to incubate and manage projects.

Learn more at: http://www.sustainablefoodlab.org/


The CIAA, Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EU, represents the food and drink industry – the first industrial sector, major employer and exporter in the EU. Members of the CIAA are: 26 National Federations, 26 European sector associations and 20 major food and drink companies.

The CIAA is a favoured partner of European and international institutions, thanks to its longstanding work on issues such as food quality and safety, nutrition and health, novel foods, labelling, agricultural policy, international trade matters, sustainable development, respect for the environment and enlargement.

CIAA’s permanent secretariat, based in Brussels, maintains close contacts with European and international institutions and has become a major partner in consultations on food-related developments.

Learn more at: http://www.ciaa.eu/

The Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative is our special partner for this conference.

Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative

The Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) accelerates and up-scales sustainable trade within the global supply chain. IDH helps to build ambitious coalitions and high-impact programmes of companies, governments and civil society organisations. The main objective is to make change really happen, thus serve the public cause of economic development in developing countries and limit the ecological footprint of international trade.

Endorsed by the Dutch government we accelerate sustainable trade by financing, up-scaling and monitoring sustainable chain development programmes. At this moment IDH has 8 improvement programmes up and running for: tropical timbre, soy, natural stone, cocoa, tea, tourism, aquaculture and cotton. In the coming year existing programmes will be scaled up and new sector programs will be launched.

The foundation for IDH was laid in the Schokland Agreements in 2007. Businesses, trade unions, NGOs, and the Ministries of Development Cooperation, Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality acknowledged the necessity of joining forces in stimulating sustainable trade.

Learn more at: http://www.dutchsustainabletrade.com/

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