Register now! Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2020

January 17, 2020 | 09:00 h - 11:30 h

Addressing food security successfully in global supply chains: The Food Security Standard

Time: Friday, 17 January 2020, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Languages: English, German

For certified agricultural products from global supply chains, customers assume that farmers’ and plantation workers’ food supply is secure. The bioeconomy strategies of the EU and the Federal Government pledge to consider the primacy of food security. To date, no criteria or monitoring tools have been used for sustainability certification. The so-called Food Security Standard (FSS) closes this gap and contributes to making global supply chains more inclusive and sustainable. It includes practicable criteria and tools for checking compliance with the right to food at local level. The FSS can be integrated into existing certification systems. The FSS team will explain the project and briefly introduce the tools. The FSS has already been used in Asia, Africa and Latin America within various certification systems. It has been tested on various cultivation systems (plantations, small farmers) and agricultural products (oil palms, sugar cane, cotton, coffee). Representatives of companies and certification standards as well as auditors will share their experience. Building on this, the opportunities and stumbling blocks for introducing the FSS will be discussed with the audience.


World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (ZEF)


  • Dr. Eva Müller (Director General for Forest, Sustianability and Renewable Resources, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture Germany (BMEL))
  • Dr. Jan Henke (Director, ISCC (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification)
  • Michael Kitetu (Scheme Manager & Lead Autor, AfriCert, Kenya)
  • Dr. Liliane Gamba (Senior Project Coordinator Susutainability Standards, WWF Germany)
  • Dr. Tina Beuchelt (Senior Researcher, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Dr. Rafael Schneider (Coordinator Food Security Standarts (FSS), Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.)

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Tina Beuchelt

Dr. Tina Beuchelt