Global sustainability standards and food security: exploring unintended effects of labels and certification in palm oil

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Abstract

Voluntary labellingandcertification schemeshavebecomeincreasinglyusedinglobalagro-foodchains. They primarilyaimatenhancingthesustainabilityofagriculturalproductionprocesses.Theglobalpalm oil supply,thedifferentenvironmentalandsocialproblemsrelatedtoit,andtheRoundtablefor Sustainable PalmOil(RSPO)certification clearlyillustratethis.However,globalsustainabilitystandards may alsohaveunintendedimpactsonfoodsecurityandlocaldevelopment,whicharenotexplicitly taken intoaccount.Thisarticleexplorestheunnoticedeffectsofvoluntarypalmoilcertification in Indonesia andGhanaandidentifies theirimplicationsonlocalandnationalfoodprovision.Asvoluntary labels andcertification schemesareanemergingcategoryofglobalgovernanceinstruments,theirrolein food security,asaglobalpublicgood,shouldbetakenseriouslyandconnectedtopoliticalandscientific debates ontheirfutureinvolvementinrealizingfoodsecurity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-226
JournalGlobal Food Security
Volume3
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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