How Can Companies Harness the SDGs to Strengthen Smallholder Supply Chains?

Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represents a significant value creating opportunity for business. According to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, achieving the SDGs will create up to US$12 trillion of market opportunities[1] for companies across the four economic systems studied in its landmark report Better Business, Better World (food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials…

Reflection and Going Forward

The Community of Practice convenes each year to better understanding the smallholder farmers we work with and to improve sustainable supply and livelihoods. Data alone is insufficient for learning. Exchange and robust dialogue is in efforts to use data to inform strategy and affect positive change. At the close of the meeting, we reflected on what…

Economic Metrics

COSA brought forth their experience in measuring farm economics and talked about the recent guidance produced on this topic with SFL and ISEAL.  Measuring income and assets is difficult, but necessary to understand whether trade and programs are helping to reduce poverty and improve livelihoods. COSA has learned from some of the challenges it has…

SVI: Driving Sustainability in the Vanilla Supply Chain

The Sustainable Vanilla Initiative (SVI) aims to improve vanilla bean farmers’ livelihoods and assure the long-term stable supply of high quality natural vanilla. This voluntary food, flavors and fragrances industries program liaises with vanilla exporters, producers, sector organizations and public authorities worldwide to progress issues of governance, traceability, labor rights and technical assistance to grower…

Barriers and Opportunities: The Challenge of Organic Grain Production in the Northeast, Midwest and Northern Great Plains

Organic grain supply is an identified bottleneck for value-added processes. Growth in grain production lags other organic commodities and remains a negligible amount of total U.S. cropland.  An informal group of companies commissioned the Sustainable Food Lab to give them thorough background on barriers and challenges to organic grain production before acting to address the…