Practical Tools Needed for Implementation of Climate Smart Cocoa

The cocoa industry has taken bold steps to preventing deforestation in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), a public private collaboration between 33 cocoa and chocolate companies (85% of the industry), the governments of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, and led by the World Cocoa Foundation and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). This effort is based…

Cool Farm Tool Grows in Coffee

One of the Sustainable Food Lab’s flagship project, the Cool Farm Tool, is reaching new fields and farms.  Since 2008 the Tool’s mission has enabled millions of growers around the world to make more informed on-farm decisions that reduce their environmental impact. Today the Cool Farm Tool is being used by Food Lab and Cool…

Food Lab Member AB InBev tackles Climate-Smart Awareness in Uganda’s Grain Sector

The Sustainable Food Lab has worked with the beverage company AB InBev and its Uganda subsidiary Nile Breweries to explore ways to increase the resilience of small-scale grain farmers to the effects of climate change. The Food Lab is happy to share a case study on Improving Grain Sector Climate-Smart Awareness and Decision-Making, documenting the…

Vanilla can be a Profitable and Climate-Smart Crop for Smallholder Farmers

Don Seville, Executive Director of the Food Lab, is a facilitator of the Sustainable Vanilla Initiative (SVI), an industry initiative, which aims to promote the long-term stable supply of high quality, natural vanilla, produced in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable way, benefiting all partners along the value chain. On a recent trip to Uganda, Don…

U.S. Organic Grains Report

In collaboration with the Organic Trade Association, the Organic Grain Collaboration has co-authored a new report, titled “U.S. Organic Grain – How to Keep It Growing“. The report includes information on organic grain production, market trends and the barriers to expanding domestic organic grain production as well as industry solutions to overcome these barriers. A press…

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers

The Sustainable Food Lab is happy to announce the publication of The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers, Investigating the Business of a Productive, Resilient and Low Emission Future.  This book is a collection of research focusing on climate-smart agriculture and includes authors from over 30 institutions.  The material covers conversations around climate impacts, climate-smart varieties, farm management, supply and…

Investing in Youth in Coffee Growing Communities

In collaboration with partners Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) and Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE), we are happy to share a new report, Investing in Youth in Coffee Growing Communities, a review of current programs and practices in Latin America. “If coffee is to be sustained as a crop that delivers well-being to communities in…

Living Income Community of Practice Wraps up 2018

The Sustainable Food Lab, GIZ and the ISEAL Alliance founded and co-host the Living Income Community of Practice, which is dedicated to the vision of thriving, economically stable, rural communities linked to global food and agricultural supply chains. The goal of the community is to support activities focused on improving smallholder incomes towards living incomes,…