30 September 2016

What is Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS)?

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What is Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS)?

A growing number of retailers, manufacturers, processors and traders have made commitments to responsible sourcing of agricultural commodities. As a result, farmers and producers are increasingly being asked to demonstrate that they have good social and environmental practices in place.

However, for small producers who lack human and financial resources - and often face additional challenges relating to land tenure, access to information and effective institutions for collaboration - may struggle to meet responsible buying standards. This can also affect livelihoods in smallholder communities.

As a result, there is a growing risk that many smallholders will be excluded from sustainable international supply chains. This flyer looks at the Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) framework, a toolkit developed by the SHARP partnership to address these challenges and help companies engage with smallholders in their supply base.

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