Animated Videos to Communicate the Importance of Soil Health

Animated videos designed to help our partners communicate the importance of soil health  Together with Graphic Harvest, the Sustainable Food Lab created two short educational videos to simplify the critical role soil health plays in agriculture and outline best practice solutions. The videos are intended to: Take a complex issue and share in an easy-to-digest…

Lean Research Field Guide Released

We are excited to announce the release of the Lean Research Field Guide v1.0! The Lean Research Field Guide is the result of a collaborative effort by the Lean Research and Sustainable Food Lab communities and includes 45 practices and practical examples from 10 different organizations. Published by MIT D-Lab, many people contributed to the guide…

Lean Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Webinar

How we conduct research, monitoring, and evaluation matters. Primary research is an intervention into the lives of research participants as well as a way to inform decision-making. Please listen below to the webinar focused on how food and beverage companies, and their NGO and university partners, have applied the lean principles of rigor, respect, relevance, and right sizing…

Soil Under Our Feet

Soil Under Our Feet Click here for PDF version Soil Building Dilemmas and Breakthroughs Elizabeth Reaves and Hal Hamilton This past June, while facilitating a learning journey with a group of 30 young sustainability executives from major food companies, we found ourselves standing quietly under a bluebird Iowa sky in Jeremy Gustafson’s farmyard, looking out…

Landscape Level Resilience

Value chain programs for farm performance and productivity can be integrated with landscape efforts to preserve forests, improve and manage water sheds and sequester carbon.  Juan Pablo Soliz from Hivos and the SAFE Platform sat down with Tatiana Ramos from Conservation International, Hugh Aprile from Catholic Relief Services, and Elizabeth Hernández-Vásquez from Unidad Ecológica para…

Financing Resilience

Aligning the right type of financial product with the different needs at the farm and aggregator levels remains a chronic challenge to resilient food systems. As one of our panelists said: “Putting ‘agriculture’ and ‘long term’ into the same sentence is about as scary as it gets for financiers.” The financing resilience panel at the…

Open Space: Voluntary Coffee Variety Verification Program

Isabel Coronado from NSF International led an interactive open space session to lead participants through the Voluntary Coffee Variety Verification Program.  Developed by NSF for WCR, the WCR VerifiedSM Certification Program is the global standard for coffee seed/clone producers and plant nurseries. Certification by NSF to WCR VerifiedSM assures healthy and genetically pure plants at…