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…