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Verschuiving teeltgebieden groente en fruit

The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), Dutch retailers, traders in the sector and civil society organizations have signed a covenant committing to 100% sustainable sourcing. This covenant is put into practice by the SIFAV program (Sustainability Initiative Fruits and Vegetables), which aims to make imports of fruits and vegetables from Africa, Asia and South America 100% sustainable in 2020. As part of their activities, SIFAV provides support to local farmers in creating a more stable and sustainable production environment. There is growing evidence that climate change will globally affect the production of fresh fruits and vegetables in the coming decades. Changing weather circumstances may lead to shifts in growing seasons, changes in quantitative or qualitative yield, or even different crops being produced. These changes inevitably also have consequences for the sustainability of sourcing of the respective commodities.

The SIFAV (Sustainability Initiative Fruits and Vegetables) program aims to make imports of fruits and vegetables from Africa, Asia and South America 100% sustainable in 2020. This ambition is agreed upon by Dutch traders and other stakeholders in the SIFAV covenant. There is growing evidence that climate change will globally affect the production of fresh fruits and vegetables in the coming decades. Therefore, to achieve the objective of the SIFAV covenant supply chains as well as local producers should be able to anticipate on the expected
impacts of climate change.  This project fulfills this need by providing case-study based insight into climate change-related risks and opportunities for sustainable sourcing, as well as a guidance document for stakeholders to perform risk assessments themselves.

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