Read about Superior Foods Award from Sysco, Sustainable Sugar Learning Journey to Parguay and Brazil, and current Food Lab projects.
Read the latest news about our upcoming SFL/SAI Summit, landscape initiatives for sustainable sourcing, sustainability measurement and recording tools, and the Progress Out of Poverty Index for smallholder supply chains.
The State of Food Insecurity in the World, a report out recently from the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization and The World Food Programme confirmed that because poverty remains overwhelmingly rural, investments in agricultural growth have strong poverty reduction effects. And small farmers play a key role in this agricultural growth. A key message of the report states that “Agricultural growth is particularly effective in reducing hunger and malnutrition.”
Read this new post on the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog covering the Food Lab's work in cocoa certification as part of our involvement in the New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships project.
The Annual Leadership Summit Report 2012
The Summit was held this year in the Dominican Republic, May 1-3, 2012 preceded by Learning Journeys.
Press Release from the University of Aberdeen: New venture to improve farming and retail carbon footprint
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and supply agreements in the agricultural sector have a significant role to play to promote agricultural climate change mitigation and decrease pressure on the earth’s land and climate.
Private sector engagement can also promote food security and positively affect the livelihoods of smallholder agricultural producers in developing countries. Based on a comprehensive literature survey and 15 interviews with key organizations, companies and financiers or lenders, this report investigates: current private sector climate change mitigation activities in agriculture and food production, highlighting current innovations affecting production and supply chains of key commodities; explores how CSR and supply chain commitments can improve their contribution to reductions in agricultural GHG emissions; and surveys the role of governments, finance and investment in promoting sustainability in the agricultural sector. Key findings identify a strong need for harmonization among product standards, certification and by commodity roundtables, and the need to mainstream sustainability criteria in agricultural finance and lending activities.
Linking Worlds website launches
The Sustainable Food Lab -- on behalf of the New Business Models for Sustainable Trading Relationships Project, and with support from the Unilever Oxfam partnership on smallholder sourcing-- is pleased to announce the launch of a new web based learning platform to support companies and non-profits working on supply chains that are inclusive of small scale producers in developing countries. Oxfam, the Sustainable Food Lab, IIED, CIAT, Rainforest Alliance, Catholic Relief Services and others have been working in partnership with companies over the last four years to create sourcing arrangements that meet stringent supply chain criteria and deliver development benefits such as more stable trading relationships, income and improved food security.
Unilever Commits to 100% by 2020
Global firm announces plans to:
halve the environmental footprint of its products
help 1 billion people improve their health and wellbeing
source 100% of its agricultural raw materials sustainably
Pepsi publishes report with bold goals
PepsiCo is one of the Food Lab's sponsoring partners in the Global Agriculture Climate Assessment. They are piloting the use of the Cool Farm Tool with their growers as one of the vehicles to help reach PepsiCo’s ambitious goal to reduce GHG emissions from their core crops in the UK by 50% by 2015.
PDF Report here
Frederick Payton’s AgroFrontera honored at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Conference