A wiki to develop indicators for sustainability in the food value chain

Published on
November 12, 2015

There is an effort under way to develop indicators for sustainability in food value chains.

The community uses a wiki that you can check out. Presently they are developing common data structures but the group also aims at becoming a 'pre-competitive space' to exchange the datasets themselves. The effort has started at UC Davis. Amongst the scientific partners are ETH Z├╝rich and the World Food System Center. Supply chain partners include Campbells, Syngenta and Rabobank, there are civil society partners like CGIAR, ESRI and IBM. The effort has resulted in a numbers of publications:

Springer et al. (2015) Sustainable Sourcing of Global Agricultural Raw Materials: Assessing Gaps in Key Impact and Vulnerability Issues and Indicators. PLOS One

Huber et al. (2015) Indicators of global sustainable sourcing as a set covering problem: an integrated approach to sustainability. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 1(2):7.

Tendall, D. M., et al. "Food system resilience: defining the concept." Global Food Security 6 (2015): 17-23. doi 10.1016/j.gfs.2015.08.001