Call for Evidence ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’


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Call for Evidence

TEEB for Agriculture and Food

‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’

 Launch date: 25 October 2016
Deadline: 26 February 2017, midnight (CET)

‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity’ (TEEB) Office, hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is seeking motivated individuals who are looking for a challenging, yet rewarding role in the content development of a technical report on the ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ for a project on ‘TEEB for Agriculture & Food’


1. Project Background

A ‘TEEB for Agriculture & Food’ (TEEBAgriFood) study will seek to bring together scientists, economists, policymakers, business organizations, civil society and farmer/consumer groups in order to undertake a comprehensive economic evaluation of agricultural systems, practices, products, along value chains and across policy scenarios, to form assessments and provide recommendations that recognize and reflect a comprehensive range of impacts and dependencies.

TEEBAgriFood will seek to review the economic interdependencies between human (including health, nutrition, economic and social) systems, agriculture and food systems, and biodiversity and ecosystems. In doing so, it will address the economic invisibility of many of these links while exploring how biodiversity and key ecosystem services deliver benefits to the agriculture sector and also beyond, itself being a key contributor to human health, livelihoods and well-being.

The objectives of this project are not limited to the assessment of a wide range of hidden costs and benefits of various agricultural production and food systems (making values visible), but to also build an evidence base that provides context-specific examples and recommendations for “sustainable” food systems, i.e. systems that can feed the world with nourishing, healthy diets and without creating high burdens of disease while also ensuring equitable access to resources and livelihoods to farm workers and maintaining and improving ecosystem services for the benefit of all including generations to come.

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2. First Technical Report

A ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ report will address the main theoretical issues and challenges underpinning the evaluation of the nexus between the agriculture and food sector, biodiversity and ecosystem services and externalities from agriculture on a global scale. In essence it seeks to set the theoretical context for the evaluation of policy implementation.

At the core of this report will be a proposed universal valuation framework, which seeks to address the question “what should we value, and why?” In seeking to evaluate all significant externalities of agri-food systems, one must consider a wide range of crops, agricultural systems, and supply chains, each with its own set of impacts and dependencies that need to be assessed, and a wide range of economically visible, and more importantly, invisible positive and negative externalities that need to be accounted for. The valuation framework provides both a common understanding of what such an evaluation might entail, as well as a cross-cutting template for carrying out such evaluations. In other words, each type of food system, production alternative, or consumer choice could be held to a common form of assessment of costs and benefits by using a single universally applicable framework.


3. Submission Process

In order to assist writing teams with the development of the report, individuals and institutions are being requested to submit published papers and other literature on the selected chapters below.


To submit evidence, please send an e-mail with the subject line ‘Call for Evidence’ to by 26 February 2017 (midnight CET), and include the following information:

» PDF or weblink

» Relevant chapter/s

» Brief statement (up to 500 words) describing the relevance of the paper to the chapter description, and any other important information

» Your name and preferred title

All contributions will be evaluated by the writing teams for inclusion in the report and duly acknowledged in the final text.


TEEB for Agriculture & Food is sponsored by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, the European Commission, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation