End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

ISO has over 1 600 standards for the food production sector designed to create confidence in food products, improve agricultural methods and promote sustainable and ethical purchasing.

They also cover a number of other areas including nutritional and safety testing, quality, packaging, and traceability.

Focusing specifically on the food sector, the ISO 22000 family of standards on food safety management helps organizations identify and control food safety hazards, while related standards such as ISO 26000 (social responsibility) and ISO 20400 (sustainable procurement) encourage socially responsible behaviour and ethical working conditions for agricultural workers and promote ethical purchasing practices throughout the entire food production chain.

Currently in development, the ISO 34101 series of standards on sustainable and traceable cocoa beans will specify requirements for a management system in cocoa bean farming. It provides a set of guidelines for environmentally sound agricultural practices, the enhanced traceability of cocoa beans and for improving the social conditions and livelihoods of cocoa producers.

Discover more

  • ISO and food
    ISO's solutions for ensuring quality and safety in the food industry are the subject of this brochure which provides a concise overview of International Standards available and how they can help.
  • ISO 22000 — Food safety management
    Inspire confidence in your food products with this family of standards.
  • #smartfarming
    See how smart farming is enabled with ISO standards everywhere.

SDG 2 in the news

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Bon appétit!
Ensuring no one goes hungry on World Food Day.
By Kath Lockett on
Smarter cooking technology for better living
Traditional open-fire stoves are to blame for much of the pollution that leads to millions of deaths in the developing world. Safer options are available, and ISO is supporting the technology that may finally make clean cookstoves a reality.
By Clare Naden on
Hearts and bottoms
A new standard for artichokes just published.
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Asparagus tipped to be pick of the crop
The asparagus market is in full bloom everywhere. As trade grows, so too does the need for clearly defined and agreed specifications for the industry to use. A new International Standard has just been published to support its healthy growth.