The Agri-Food Map: An interactive map to explore sustainable agri-food systems

By Michael Feien
The agricultural and food sector is currently facing major challenges, and the need for a sustainable transformation of agricultural and food systems is more urgent than ever. The complex circumstances of this transformation are not always easy to understand - which is why the Agri-Food Map, an interactive online app, is designed to make the comprehensive relationships accessible by providing a wide range of easily comprehensible information.

The Agri-Food Map: An interactive map to explore sustainable agri-food systems

By Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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About 735 million people worldwide are currently suffering from chronic hunger. Conflicts, frequent climate extremes and economic uncertainty combined with growing inequality are exacerbating the problem. As a result, the agri-food sector is facing unprecedented challenges, making the need for a sustainable transformation of the world’s agri-food systems more urgent than ever. The Agri-Food Map is designed to help make the complex circumstances around this transformation accessible to a broad public through a wide range of easily comprehensible information.

 

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The Agri-Food Map is an interactive online app developed on behalf of the special initiative "Transformation of Agri-Food Systems". It contains informative texts, meaningful graphics and instructive videos that explore how the agricultural and food sector can be redesigned to become more sustainable. The aim is to offer users inspirational insights, inform them of best practices, provide background knowledge and solutions, and encourage them to work towards and promote a better "food world" by making sustainable consumption choices. After all, a healthier diet and more thoughtful purchasing decisions at the supermarket can positively impact our health, the environment and the livelihoods of many people who work in the complex system of the agricultural and food sector, i.e. in food production and processing. More conscious choices from cultivation to consumption of food create opportunities to transform agri-food systems and make them more sustainable, healthy and fair.

 

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In contrast to traditional mapping applications, the Agri-Food Map enables topic-based exploration of the agri-food system. The app includes an interactive map that allows users to select different stages of the agricultural supply chain, from consumption to production, and access detailed information that facilitates a targeted and focused exploration of the background facts, challenges and possible solutions around the sustainable transformation of the system.

 

 

A supplementary video visualizes the challenges and potential of the transformation of agricultural and food systems.

Explore the Agri Food Map.

 

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On the podcast ‘From the Field to the Shelf’, Marie Nasemann calls for new attempts to promote fair fashion. An evening about burnt returns, filterless washing machines and a lot of room for improvement.

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Knowledge about spice production

A listicle regarding spice production

The global trade in spices currently has a volume of over 10 billion euros. But at what price do these spices refine our Christmas cuisine? On closer inspection, aspects of the value chain leave a bitter taste.

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New legal initiatives towards deforestation-free supply chains as a game changer

A Contribution by Gerhard Langenberger

Regarding deforestation free supply chains, there are challenges and opportunities for smallholder farmers as well as for international forest governance. Also, responsibilities for companies and potential incentives for manufacturers to use materials from fair trade and sustainable sources need to be explored. But what does “deforestation-free” actually mean?

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Achieving more together – New forms of cooperation for sustainability in the cotton sector

A Contribution by Saskia Widenhorn

Saskia Widenhorn, Head of the Cotton Component in Cameroon and the Sub-Saharan Cotton Initiative at GIZ, reports on the Bremer Cotton Week, which brought together international industry experts. The agenda included supply chain transparency, sustainability and new forms of cooperation between the private sector and partner countries.

 

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Fair Trade and Climate Justice: Everything is Conntected

A Contribution of the 'Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains' (INA)

Fair Trade organisations and the Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) have launched the #ichwillfair campaign during COP26 to highlight the link between global supply chains and climate change.

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The Rice Sector in West Africa: A Political Challenge

New insights on trade and value addition in the rice sector in West Africa

Low import tariffs, smuggling activities, unpredictable tax exemptions and weak enforcement of food safety standards: The potential of local rice value chains is undermined in West African countries.

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The fight against illegal fishing

A Report

The oceans are important for our food supply, but they are overfished. To halt this trend the global community is now taking action against illegal fishing. Journalist Jan Rübel spoke with Francesco Marí, a specialist for world food, agricultural trade and maritime policy at "Brot für die Welt," and others.

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Controversy: Do supply chains need liability rules?

Discussion about the potential supply chain law

The German government is struggling to pass a supply chain law. It is intended to address violations of human rights, social and environmental standards. What would the consequences be for business? A double interview with Veselina Vasileva from GEPA and economics professor Andreas Freytag.

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Sang'alo Institute invests in farming of sunflower crop

A contribution by James Wanzala

Kenya is a large importer of vetable oils mainly from Indonesia and Malaysia - amongst them sunflower oil. Due to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, there were supply bottlenecks and food shortages, leading to less affordable vegetable oils in Kenya. As a response to the lack of supply, the Sanga'alo Institute of Science and Technology, took that impulse, teamed up with the GIZ and established regional cultivation and refinement of sunflowers.

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Strengthening the market linkages of smallholders in the face of global supply shocks

A Contribution by Niladri Sekhar Bagchi

The consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine have enabled many countries to open up new export markets for their agricultural goods. However, smallholder farms have been largely left out. Drawing on his experience in India, our author gives a brief overview of how this can be changed.

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The Principle of Sharing

A contribution by gebana

gebana, a Swiss fair trade company, follows the principle of "sharing" with its corporate philosophy: farming families in the Global South participate directly in the sales of their online shop. Caroline Schaar, Marketing at gebana, explains the company's approach.

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Nature conservation around the world

A Contribution by WWF

From measures to promote biodiversity in Germany to more sustainable cocoa cultivation methods in Ecuador: WWF works at many different levels. At the Green Week, it will be demonstrated just how multifaceted nature conservation work is and what role each individual's decision plays.

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