Conference: How to build supply security and resilience with smallholder farmers

How to build supply security and resilience with smallholder farmers 22nd – 23rd March 2016 Innovation Forum London, UK This multi-stakeholder conference will address the major risks for smallholder farmers across agricultural sectors, and focus on how to create scalable solutions to tackle future supply chain vulnerabilities. The agenda confronts such topics as innovations in…

The Food Lab in 2016

Dear colleagues, Any of us with sustainability in our job descriptions can look back with pride or look forward with some trepidation. The launch of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals and the climate agreement in Paris remind us all of the critical role of agriculture in global sustainability solutions. As CEOs make new commitments…

Closing Plenary Panel

Sean de Cleene from Yara, Arie van den Brand a former member of the Dutch Parliament, Lucian Peppelenbos from IDH and Britt Lundgren from Stonyfield Farms, discussed their views on the current challenges facing the global food system. The conversation was rich and wide-ranging. Lucian shared his own “painful questions,” which he described as indicators…

Exploring Post Harvest Loss from a Buyers Perspective

C.D. Glen from Rockefeller Foundation and Katarina Kehlmann from Technoserve discussed the opportunities that exist for lead firms to engage in post harvest loss reduction to increase supply, decrease repetitional risk, and deliver livelihood benefits in smallholder supply chains. They also highlighted potential areas of collaboration in sourcing regions. The 3 common agricultural leverage point…

Supplier Engagement

Michele Pisetta from Ferraro, Ann Burkhart from Starbucks, and Susan Forsell from McDonalds discussed opportunities for finding the shared business case for implementing sustainability measures, when partnerships are useful and determining when it is essential to have your own ‘boots on the ground’.

Climate Smart Agriculture

“We can’t talk about climate smart agriculture without talking about resilient communities.  If communities can’t deal with shocks, we can’t build up resilient farms.” – Carol Gribnau, HIVOS This session presented the joint work of HIVOS and Soil & More on building a climate smart farming system with 90,000 smallholders in East Africa as a…

Organizing Regional Collaboration to manage natural resources and improve social well-being

The IDH Sustainable Landscapes Initiative (ISLA) is focused on six landscape level efforts to shift the agricultural system towards sustainable resource management and resiliency. Neinke Stam of IDH introduced three of these cases, with a few of the key points shared below: Richard Fox from Finlays described work around Kenya’s Lake Naivasha where risking population…