Deforestation, biodiversity loss and social issues are ongoing problems, often connected to the cultivation of different kinds of agricultural feedstock such as e.g. coffee plants.
Sustainability of agricultural feedstock is therefore still a major topic in order to address these pressing issues and is more and more becoming a prerequisite for market acceptance as more and more companies are committed to sourcing sustainable and deforestation-free material.
As the major growth area lies within smallholders who depend on selling their agricultural products for their livelihoods but who often face problems of low yields, little income and lack of market access, the only option they see to increase their income is to expand into forested areas. It is therefore necessary to provide the right incentives by connecting improved quality and market access with increased productivity. If agricultural feedstock is grown sustainably, it can contribute to environmental protection and social welfare.