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…

Keynote: Mexico’s Government: Developing the Roadmap for Agricultural Resilience

Mexico’s Agriculture Ministry SAGARPA (The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food) is focused on creating an environment in which farmers thrive and which is attractive for the next generation of farmers.  The biggest challenges the country faces include poverty, climate change, soil degradation, gender equity and inclusion of smallholder producers (youth, women…