Transformation Initiatives


Changing agriculture for good

SAN’s Transformation Initiatives address some of the world’s biggest challenges in agricultural production such as climate change, human and workers’ rights, and deforestation.

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

We combine best practice-based activities in broader thematic or geographic initiatives and projects to drive sustainability on a wider scale. Businesses, NGOs, governments, communities and producer groups are welcome to join SAN to work in these initiatives.

Our initiatives

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. Current examples under development include:

Agrochemical impacts initiative, an effort (with the support of the Oregon State University) to reduce the environmental and chemical impacts of farming through integrated pest management and a risk-based approach to pesticide selection and use.

Sustainable landscapes initiative, a new SAN effort to support low-impact agriculture practices that protect biodiversity and natural resources while improving the livelihoods of rural communities in an near important conservation areas.


Productscape focus, a SAN concept under developments consisting of an integrative supply chain-farm-rural community approach to define, quantify and track impacts and raise livelihoods within the impact area of a given product or products for one or more suppliers.

Vulnerable supply chain initiative, a combined data- and field-driven approach to identify supply chains or productscapes with high or significant production, environmental, social or economic risks, so that SAN can identify and implement alternative production strategies and build producer resilience through best practices.