An Introduction to Assessing Climate Resilience in Smallholder Supply Chains

In collaboration with the USAID Feed the Future Learning Community for Supply Chain Resilience—a consortium comprised of climate scientists from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); and the agricultural lender Root Capital—The Sustainable Food Lab and Root Capital have produced An…

Planting New Ground

The path to expanding organic grain acreage in Maine and New Brunswick is not clearly marked. The primary reason is that the market does not generate the profits necessary to entice producers to plant significant new ground in an organic production system, or transition from conventional to organic, when evaluating grain enterprises. However, based on…

Private Sector Consultation on Climate Smart Agriculture

Smallholder farmers around the globe are facing unstable productivity due to changing climate and weather patterns.  The ways in which the private sector supports these farmers to build resilience to climate change and/or engage in efforts to mitigate climate change can have significant impact on the ability for farmers to make a living, the security…

Sustainable Vanilla Initiative Podcast

Don Seville, Co-director of the Sustainable Food Lab, and Jan Gilhuis, Senior Program Manager in the IDH Fresh & Ingredients Program, discuss the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative. Hear about the motivation behind setting up the initiative, gain insight into the activities carried out with private and public partners, and learn why investing in sustainable livelihoods for…

Enabling Smallholder Farmers to Improve Their Incomes

The Sustainable Food Lab and Business Fights Poverty have been collaborating to advance learning on how to improve the economic benefits of trade with smallholder farmers. Growth in those farmers’ incomes is fundamental to economic and social development, to farmers’ ability to reinvest in their farms and to the sustainable supply of crops bought by…

US Department of Labor supports the development of a sustainable vanilla sector

SAMBAVA MADAGASCAR (May 18, 2017) – The US Department of Labor (USDOL) has provided $ 4 million to the International Labor Office (ILO) to support Madagascar in promoting a sustainable vanilla sector, in particular through promoting decent work and fighting against child labor in the vanilla sector in the SAVA region. Read more.