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

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12 november 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 plosone.org/article/authors/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0128752

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. www.esajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1890/EHS14-0008.1

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