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Making avocado and pineapple supply chains more sustainable and resilient

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    Concerned about risk and sustainability in avocado or pineapple supply chains?
    FAO can help businesses be more sustainable and resilient to external shocks
    In recent decades, global production and trade of tropical fruits have grown dramatically. Today they are a part of a healthy diet for millions of people and contribute to rural and economic development. The COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about sustainability (including environmental, social and economic aspects) have highlighted business risks that must be addressed to ensure continued success in these value chains. Many companies are taking steps to address sustainability risk in their operations. However, value chains are vulnerable to risks and shocks beyond the control of any single actor. Thus, concerted actions can benefit all industry stakeholders. With this in mind, FAO is leading the project “Building responsible global value chains for the sustainable production and trade of tropical fruits” (GCP/GLO/022/GER). This project helps companies operating in avocado and pineapple supply chains to strengthen or establish risk-based due diligence systems that will make their operations more sustainable and resilient to shocks such as COVID-19. The project will provide a confidential environment for peer learning on pre-competitive issues. It will develop a series of demand-driven guides on specific technical challenges to be determined by project participants (e.g., water footprint, climate change, traceability, gender, labor issues, etc.) and identify measures and good practices to overcome these challenges. It will analyze the policy environment and incentives, aiming to identify opportunities to accelerate sustainable investment in these supply chains. This flyer provides an overview for stakeholders including international organizations, researchers, academics and policy makers.
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    Resilience assessment of avocado and pineapple value chains 2023
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    Building resilience is important for agrifood systems – such as tropical fruit value chains – to prepare, withstand and adapt to a wide range of risks, including climate and non-climatic shocks and stresses. Resilience is also important to foster transformation of value chains, to both minimize the negative impacts of external risks on the supply chain and also to prevent new operational problems that could compromise the long-term viability of businesses. The FAO-led Building responsible global value chains for the sustainable production and trade of tropical fruits project conducted a comprehensive study during the last quarter of 2022 to identify the main resilience challenges that participants in the avocado and pineapple sectors are facing. The study also aimed to understand the capacities the actors from both value chains possess to prevent, anticipate, absorb, adapt and transform in view of future climate and socioeconomic risks. The report includes the main results from the study, which were validated by the project participants during a workshop held on 6 December 2022. The findings largely draw on literature review and consultations with some of the main actors from the global avocado and pineapple industries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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    Gap analysis to support due diligence in the avocado and pineapple sectors 2023
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    The FAO-led project "Building responsible global value chains for the sustainable production and trade of tropical fruits" (GCP/GLO/022/GER) (the Responsible Fruit Project) supports industry actors in the avocado and pineapple sectors in developing risk-based due diligence systems to help them become more sustainable and resilient to shocks, such as climate-related events, pest outbreaks and economic recessions. Due diligence helps companies to avoid activities along their entire value chains that have negative impacts on the environment and on people’s livelihoods and well-being. In many countries, newly passed or proposed laws require companies to carry out due diligence to identify, assess, mitigate, prevent and account for how they address adverse impacts of their activities and those of their suppliers and business partners. Companies in the tropical fruit sector often use voluntary sustainability standards to manage risks and to comply with requirements of international markets. The usefulness of such standards in supporting due diligence partly depends on how aligned they are with international expectations and regulations. This gap analysis guide help companies to make an initial analysis of this alignment.

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