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Farm to Fork: Enabling Sustainable Business Decisions

About the Course

In a world where the demand for sustainable and ethically produced food is growing, this workshop serves as a compass, guiding businesses towards sustainability transitions.

The Agri-food sector plays a pivotal role in shaping sustainable practices within our economy. In this workshop we explore how progressive farmers and businesses across the Agri-Food sector are adapting and succeeding in the 21st Century, and meeting consumer demand for healthy, nutritious food.

Participants will delve into the principles of sustainable agriculture and responsible production, the ramifiactions of global legislation and explore the levers required to make the changes, including the role of human, social, financial and natural capital.

Our goal is to support the well-being of people and the planet across the entire supply chain.

Training Modules:

Module 1: Understanding Sustainable Food Systems (1 hour)

  • Why Sustainable Food Systems?

    • Understanding the facts - where we are right now.

    • Discussion on global legislation, environmental impacts, and social implications of unsustainable food systems on food security.

  • What Makes a Food System Sustainable?

    • Overview of the key components of a sustainable food system (e.g., soil health, biodiversity, sink and source functions, decoupling from fossil fuels).

    • Case studies highlighting successful sustainable food practices.

Module 2: How to Build Sustainable Food Systems (1.5 hours)

  • Strategies for Building Sustainable Food Systems

    • Discussion on actionable steps for businesses to transition towards sustainable food practices.

    • Breakout group activity: Brainstorming and sharing innovative ideas for implementing sustainable practices within food systems.

  • True Cost Accounting and Sustainable Food Systems

    • Introduction to True Cost Accounting in the context of food systems, the tools available, keeping it simple, which ones to choose and why.

    • Demonstration of how it can be used to evaluate and improve the sustainability of food production and meet environmental labelling initiatives overseas.

Module 3: Supporting Change, the Willingness to Adapt (1 hour)

  • Understanding Adaptive Capacity

    • Explanation of adaptive capacity within the context of sustainable food systems.

    • Importance of flexibility and resilience in adapting to changing environmental and market conditions.

  • Building Adaptive Capacity in Food Systems

    • Strategies and tools for enhancing adaptive capacity in the Agri-food sector.

    • Case studies illustrating successful adaptation in the face of challenges.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Understand the significance of sustainable food systems and the impact on market access.

  2. Have insights into True Cost Accounting and actionable strategies and tools that individuals and businesses can employ.

  3. Understand adapative capacity and the levers we can use to support change.

This workshop aims to empower participants with a holistic understanding of sustainable food systems, from the rationale behind their importance to practical tools and strategies for implementation, including the crucial aspect of adaptive capacity in ensuring long-term sustainability.

The modules can be adapted to suit participant needs.


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