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Global sustainability standards and food security: exploring unintended effects of labels and certification in palm oil

Oosterveer, P.J.M.; Adjei, B.E.; Vellema, S.; Slingerland, M.A.

Summary

Voluntary labellingandcertification schemeshavebecomeincreasinglyusedinglobalagro-foodchains. They primarilyaimatenhancingthesustainabilityofagriculturalproductionprocesses.Theglobalpalm oil supply,thedifferentenvironmentalandsocialproblemsrelatedtoit,andtheRoundtablefor Sustainable PalmOil(RSPO)certification clearlyillustratethis.However,globalsustainabilitystandards may alsohaveunintendedimpactsonfoodsecurityandlocaldevelopment,whicharenotexplicitly taken intoaccount.Thisarticleexplorestheunnoticedeffectsofvoluntarypalmoilcertification in Indonesia andGhanaandidentifies theirimplicationsonlocalandnationalfoodprovision.Asvoluntary labels andcertification schemesareanemergingcategoryofglobalgovernanceinstruments,theirrolein food security,asaglobalpublicgood,shouldbetakenseriouslyandconnectedtopoliticalandscientific debates ontheirfutureinvolvementinrealizingfoodsecurity.