Business Action on Supply Chain Food Loss & Waste

Global food companies have questions about food loss and waste; the Sustainable Food Lab and Wageningen University & Research want to help them get answers. Through a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, we are engaging a number of companies to learn more about the potential for increasing efficiencies in smallholder supply chains by reducing food…

The Three Barriers to Business Sustainability – and how to get through them

Written by Hal Hamilton Sustainability in the business world always begins with quick wins. We increase efficiency with energy, water and fertilizer, for example. Those innovations save money and so are able to scale naturally.  Then it gets harder. Beyond the early steps we face three barriers: Organizational resistance Systemic resistance Internal resistance. To get…

Report Release on Ghana Living Income Benchmark

The Living Income Community of Practice, of which the Food Lab is a founding partner, released a report on the Ghana Living Income Benchmark & Analysis of Income Gaps for Cocoa Growing Regions. The study outlines a roadmap to achieve living incomes for cocoa farmers through a credible, third party analysis. Follow these links to the…

Webinar Series: How to Climate Proof Your Coffee Supply Chain

Like many agricultural crops, coffee is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. How to Climate Proof Your Coffee Supply Chain is an eight part webinar series geared towards coffee suppliers, investors and other industry stakeholders. The Sustainable Food Lab, the USAID Feed the Future Alliance for Resilient Coffee (ARC) and Global Coffee Platform have partnered to…

Study Finds Significant Reductions in GHG Emissions Among Egg Farmers: A Cool Farm Tool Case Study

Daniella Malin, our Senior Program Director of Agriculture & Climate, is a co-author of a new study on how to reduce GHG’s in commercial egg production published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. This paper describes work she led with Costco Wholesale using the Cool Farm Tool with the store’s organic egg supply base in…

Validating Living Income Benchmark in Ghana’s Cocoa Sector

In July, Stephanie Daniels, Senior Program Director of Agriculture and Development, facilitated a workshop with the leaders of Ghana’s cocoa sector and global chocolate industry on research to determine a Living Income Benchmark in cocoa growing regions of Ghana. The workshop was done in collaboration with the World Cocoa Foundation, GIZ and the Living Income Community…

New Systems Leader Fieldbook

      Food Lab partners have some great tools that are open source. The Academy for Systems Change has made available A System Leader’s Fieldbook that includes tools from many leading practitioners, organized in categories: Building Organizational Capacity to Focus on the Whole Creating the Conditions for Shared Leadership Developing Systems-Wise People Engaging Stakeholders Growing as a…

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…