SAN’s Innovation & Change initiatives address some of the world’s biggest challenges in agricultural production.

Through the creation of partnerships and programs across the public and private spheres, these cross-thematic initiatives result in agriculture sectors that embrace profound and long-lasting changes in a wide range of issues such as workers’ rights, their health, safety and livelihoods.

Innovation & Change projects also include multi-stakeholder actions that promote biodiverse, productive and resilient agro-ecosystems, as well as prosperous communities. These initiatives usually support implementation of a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

By implementing Innovation & Change projects, SAN is able to facilitate result-oriented stakeholder discussions on challenging topics and advice on stakeholder outreach approaches and development of science-based standards or credible verification systems.

Through these kind of projects SAN works on a broader scope, though always with an impact delivering angle. Our projects for Innovation & Change can integrate Assurance Solutions and Capacity Development and learning tools in a very effective mix of actions. Our work in this area can include facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogues or roundtables, development of jurisdictional approaches, leadership and/or coordination of regional initiatives, and the design and implementation of tools for specific sectors.

We develop and implement strategies for strengthening market demand in specific regions, improving governance, identifying climate adaptation strategies, engaging stakeholder communities and creating practical approaches to promoting and measuring impacts.


We build partnerships with a shared vision for sector and agriculture transformation to tackle challenges and deliver positive change in the following areas:

  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Natural resources conservation
  • Farmer, worker and family wellbeing
  • Farm productivity and profitability
  • Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Workers' and human rights
  • Health and safety
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Deforestation
  • Water conservation
  • Sustainable Intensification