Empowering Smallholder Farmers to Improve their Incomes

Millions of smallholders live in poverty, unable to meet basic needs. Smallholder farmers need to improve their incomes and competitiveness if they are to achieve and sustain a decent standard of living, reinvest in their farms, and continue to supply a sustainable crop to multinational companies. The business benefits of investing in smallholder supply chains…

Webinar: How to address nutrition in agricultural supply chains

Addressing malnutrition in value chains can be good for business: it can contribute to higher productivity and contribute to the integrity of brands.  But, when and how to measure ‘nutrition’ can be complex and what can be done is not always straightforward. Join us for an introduction by the Sustainable Food Lab (www.sustainablefood.org), and presentations by Bärbel Weiligmann  and Christina Nyhus Dhillon, nutritionist…

How Dirty is Sustainable Agriculture?

Despite the title, this blog is not about sex, unless we consider the teeming reproductive activity of billions of micro-organisms in every tablespoon of fertile soil. I’m writing for those who wonder how important soil health is. Over the years, advocates for sustainable agriculture have promoted the importance of many different goals: fewer pesticides, less…

Income Measurement

Sustainable livelihoods are the goal of countless initiatives, leaving many wondering if and how companies and organizations can effectively measure income gains and improvements beyond adoption of good agricultural practices. Mars, Inc. opened the discussion by illustrating why measuring income is important to their business, both for securing a sustainable supply of raw materials and ensuring…

Nutrition

Nutrition is increasingly being identified as a key challenge within sourcing communities and an area where companies and their implementing are focusing more time and resources to investigate the nutritional situation on the ground and provide services to improve nutritional diversity and food security.  This work has been described as a “no regret” intervention.  However,…