Food Lab staff have on-going projects and expertise in the following areas (among others). Please contact us if you would like to learn more or join in our efforts to create the food system of the future.
Soil Health & Climate Change
Soil health can be a multi-solver in agricultural systems by building resiliency in the face of extreme weather, protecting water quality, and proactively addressing climate change by sequestrating carbon in the the soil. We work with food companies to reach their sustainability goals across various measures from water quality to GHGs. Our expertise lies in working across supply chains and developing relationships with buyers to support more diversified cropping systems as well as managing farmer engagement programs. Through our extensive networks and expertise in project management, we partner with food companies, millers, scientists, NGOs, GHG measurement programs, and farmer education networks to support corporate sustainability targets and enable farmers to adopt new, economically viable practices.
The Food Lab has been a global leader in developing benchmarks and best practices for setting living income standards in smallholder farming systems. We assist individual companies evaluate supply chains and partner directly with farmer cooperatives to achieve their corporate targets. We help develop living income benchmarks and build relationships with partners on-the-ground to create effective programs. Currently, we are managing projects in cocoa, coffee, vegetable production, and vanilla in Latin America and Africa.
We assist individual companies in developing frameworks, designing key indicators and creating data collection tools to monitor and evaluate supply chain progress toward sustainability goals in a range of impact areas including income, productivity, environmental resilience and social resilience. We have experience working in commercial and smallholder grains, coffee and smallholder dairy.
Food Loss and Waste in Smallholder Systems
The Food Lab is a leader in addressing the complexities of Food Loss and Waste (FLW) in smallholder systems. Reducing FLW can help meet GHG goals as well as other key environmental targets. For example, by improving the amount of crop that is sold, critical forests can be protected by allowing farmers to improve their income using their current land base. We partners with companies, research organizations and measurement programs to discover how to reduce FLW in specific food crops and geographies.