Food demand is predicted to double by 2050, and consumption of meat, dairy and processed food will increase as incomes rise across emerging economies. To secure the agricultural raw materials needed to meet future demand, global manufacturers and retailers need to diversify, reduce waste in their supply chains and support innovation in their suppliers.
At the same time, consumers are becoming much more discerning about the quality and safety of their food. The demand for sustainable, ethically-supported produce is an opportunity for corporations to increase quality assurance from the seed or the field right through to the grocery shelf.
CABI has close links with commodity and food supply chains across the globe, and a profound understanding of how to improve efficiency and productivity. Working with local partners, we identify the specific constraints that stop supply chains from operating effectively. We then address these constraints with proven, practical best practice solutions, including:
• connecting key sectors of the global economy – facilitating communication and collaboration between producers, processors, manufacturers and retailers
• providing information, data and resources to fill skills and knowledge gaps
• developing and introducing best practice production and processing techniques
• improving governments’ understanding of compliance and certification
• aligning the strategic objectives of producers, manufacturers and retailers
• working with retailers and manufacturers to develop their supplier base
• helping farmers become more entrepreneurial through access to micro-credit, business skills training and support with forming co-operatives