Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
The global food value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture


Sustainable agriculture has the overall objective of preserving the environmental resources and favours the use of renewable inputs. The general questions to be addressed are the following:

  • • Soil fertility/soil loss – how is soil fertility maintained, is soil erosion an issue?
  • • Water – Is total water use for irrigation known? How is irrigation amount calculated? Is the water source for irrigation sustainable? Are the impacts of fertilisers and pesticides considered?
  • • Biodiversity – Are there natural habitats on farm? Are rare species of plant/animal threatened by growing the crop?
  • • Energy – Are the major energy inputs known? How can their impact on climate change be reduced?
  • • Waste – Are the principles reduce, reuse, recycle, dispose understood? Are pesticides/fertilisers disposed of safely?