How does one reconcile the global trade in agricultural raw materials with the goals of sustainable development and the fight against poverty? In the absence of genuine public regulation on a planetary scale, this note proposes several ways of improving existing health, environmental, and social norms:
closer collaboration between public and private actors in the process of elaborating and revising norms;
including developing countries in the decision-making process;
better coordination and integration of labels, to reduce the cost and complexity of multiple certifications;
finally, the development of tools to measure the real impact of so-called “sustainable” initiatives.
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