INC Sustainability

In 2015, the UN established a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be achieved by 2030. Food and agriculture can help achieve multiple SDG, especially those related with poverty, nutrition, economic growth and the environment. 

The INC has identified five SDGs the nut and dried fruit industry can have a particular impact on:

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Latest News and Publications


During the INC 3D Online Conference from May 25-27, 2021, the INC hosted the Nutfruit & Sustainability webinar which covered some of the hottest topics concerning nuts and dried fruits and sustainability. With an international panel of experts, this session touched on how the sector can increase and continue sustainable activities.

One of the most common themes of the session touched on how the industry can help accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN. Moreover, you can also watch the November 2020 INC Online Conference webinar on sustainability.

Industry Survey Research

In 2018, the INC conducted a survey among the members of the Statistics Committee aiming to provide an overview of the industry’s sustainability-oriented programs and measures.

Overall results all over top producing countries showed that:

  • Good farming practices are being implemented as farmers became more aware of their impact in the environment.
  • Water use is being improved through more efficient irrigation systems and more efficient varieties –in terms of resources use– are also being cultivated.
  • Renewable energies are being implemented in farms and production facilities, and by-products are being repurposed, reducing waste and, indirectly, CO2 emissions.

*You must be an INC member to gain access to the study.
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