Reaching Beyond the Value Chain

The last two decades have seen an increasing emphasis on company and supply chain driven approaches to promote sustainable production and trade of agricultural commodities. Large food and commodity traders, processors and brands – sometimes supported by development donors – have congregated around the value chain as the locus for interventions in support of legality,…

Towards a Shared Approach for Smallholder Performance Measurement: Common Indicators and Metrics

This paper presents an aligned yet customizable framework of indicators for measuring farm-level sustainability in smallholder agricultural supply chains. These indicators are proposed primarily in the context of performance measurement, but can also be useful for more in-depth impact evaluation studies. The proposal is not for one single common set of indicators, but rather for…

A Practitioners Guide to Developing a Performance Measurement Approach

Small-­‐scale  farmers—whose  output  supports  a  population  of  roughly  2.2  billion  people  worldwide—manage roughly 85% of the world’s farms. And every day, companies trade with these farmers in a wide variety of products. As companies seeks more transparency through  complex  supply  chains  and  invest  together  with  development  and  financial  organizations, there is more and more interest…

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…

The Collaboration Economy

Erik Lowitt’s The Collaboration Economy build’s a case for collorative approaches to sustainability. He interviewed dozens of global leaders and includes case studies from these interviews, focusing on Unilever, GE, Coca-Cola, Nestle Waters, and the European Parliament. One chapter was written with Jan Kees Vis of Unilever, who is also chair of the Sustainable Food…