Building a coalition for Living Wages

Sebastian Michaelis from Tata/Tetley, Jordy van Honk from Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH and Sloane Hamilton from Oxfam GB discussed how the tea sector developed a shared commitment to living wages and the plan of action for reaching a shared target in Malawi. The tea sector including global brands and national producing companies, the Malawi government…

Corporate Commitments and Collective Action

Nienke Stam from IDH, Simon Lord from Sime Darby, Richard Fox from Finlays, Juliana Lopez from Amaggi and Charlotte Cawthorne from Innocentdiscussed corporate commitments to zero-deforestation or water stewardship and what they are learning about operationalizing those commitments. In particular, as the focus broadens to include not only supply chain but also collaborations among different players…

Plenary: Arcos Dorados

Latin America’s McDonald’s franchise and the Syngenta Foundation share their initiative to scale local sourcing from smallholders across the entire LA region, and how they think about the business case for smallholder inclusion. Leonardo Lima from Arco Dorados and Carola Amezaga from Syngenta Foundation touched on what partnerships and co-investment are most promising to make these…

Value Added Social Business Sourcing and Investing in Independent Smallholders

Augusto Ferdanini from AgroMantaro shared their model to grow and process smallholder artichokes in the central highlands through a partnership with General Mills Foundation and Green Giant Europe.  The themes discussed were the enabling factors for a successful inclusive business like AgroMantaro which sources from smallholder artichoke and pepper farmers.  The factors in this case included entrepreneurs…

Smallholder Livelihoods Assessment

Meghan Quinlan from Fair Trade USA and Whitney Gantt from Grameen Foundation discussed how we ground sustainable supply chain programs in a better understanding of farm level conditions, what the core elements of sustainable agriculture and value chains are, and how to affordably measure progress. They also touched on how  performance measurement can bring value to…

Identifying and Motivating Climate Smart Ag Practices

This session offered leading examples of structural mechanisms to incentivize Climate Smart Agriculture being done by Hivos, Rainforest Alliance and CEPICAFE. We looked at projects in Peru, Nicaragua, and Ghana using carbon credits and other incentives for afforestation, restoration of degraded land and cropland diversification. HIVOS, CEPICAFE, CIAT, Rainforest Alliance.   Click on images to view…

Training Tomorrow’s Farmers – a model for common sense, effective farmer capacity building.

The Interamerican Development Bank supports local governments in northern Peru to integrate practical farmer training into the national technical training programs. Rather than sitting in a classroom, young farmers are learning practical skills that are positioning them for success and developing the capacity to build more viable farms. IADB and Project Unidos.   Click on images…