September 3, 2014

Integrated Waterscape Management in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Southeast Asia probably isn’t the first place you think of when it comes to coffee production, but trade liberalization has made Vietnam the world’s second largest exporter of our favorite morning pick-me-up. Along with pepper and (increasingly) cocoa, this commodity is contributing to the country’s economic development. Unfortunately, harmful agricultural practices and ...
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May 23, 2014

Moving Away From Win-Wins and Towards Sustainable Solutions in Palm Oil

Kedar Mankad, EcoAgriculture Partners It seems that a week doesn’t pass these days without a new editorial on palm oil. Sometimes they highlight the bad, other times they highlight the good. When speaking of solutions, the dialogue on both sides inexorably leads toward “win-win” solutions, where consumers, the environment and companies all come out on top. […] ...
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May 16, 2014

Why Commitments Are Not Enough – The Case of Sustainable Cocoa

Kedar Mankad

The 25th World Cocoa Foundation Partnership Meeting, and the 6th Indonesian International Cocoa Conference wrap up today in Bali, Indonesia. These meetings marked an important moment for the cocoa industry. Unlike other major commodity sectors, market demand for sustainably sourced cocoa isn’t in question. Mars, Ferrero, and Hershey have all committed to sourcing 100% sus ...
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February 5, 2014

Sustainability Certification: A Tool for Taking Climate Smart from Farm to Landscape

Jeffrey Hayward Rainforest Alliance Martin Noponen Rainforest Alliance

Editor’s note: Our guest authors today highlight work that marries climate change and sustainable supply chains. Rainforest Alliance and the Sustainable Agriculture Network standard, along with its climate module, are operating at the farm level up along the supply chain to achieve landscape-scale benefits for producers and the environment under a changing climate. Gha ...
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December 17, 2013

Testing the Waters: Experimentation and Innovation in Markets for Integrated Landscapes

A paradigm of agricultural landscape management, in which stakeholders work towards common objectives and the environmental and economic bottom lines are not at odds with one another, doesn’t seem too far out of the question. Yet, as our contributors over the past two weeks have emphasized, it’s not as easy as a wave of the […] ...
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December 16, 2013

Designing Standards for Impacts at Scale

Bambi Semroc Conservation International

Editor’s Note: Several posts in this Landscapes Roundtable have said sustainability standards may play an important role in shifting the way in which agricultural landscapes are managed. While great strides have recently taken place, there are still many challenges to address, particularly in terms of monitoring and evaluation. And to go further, making these standards ...
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December 10, 2013

Experimenting with Certification: Towards a Sustainable Livestock Sector in Brazil

By Peter Newton, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan Last week’s guest authors honed in on issues of partnership, support, and reducing risk within supply chains. Major commodities such as soy and palm oil formed the basis of these discussions, but one of the major contributors to land cover change and degradation was […] ...
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December 4, 2013

Producer Support Structures for Sustainable Landscapes: Solidaridad's Perspective

By Katie Minderhoud and Andreanne Grimard, Solidaridad Network To open our fourth installment of the Landscapes Roundtable, representatives from the Solidaridad Network discuss the role of sustainable agricultural production as an entry point to an integrated landscape approach. Coming from an agricultural commodity supply chain perspective, there is a strong emphasis on partne ...
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December 17, 2012

Landscape of the Week: Climate Change and Kericho-Mau

Rachel Friedman EcoAgriculture Partners

Striving for Climate-Smart in the Heart of Kenya’s Tea Landscape In the cool, fertile highlands of the Rift Valley Province in western Kenya, the landscape is dominated by tea. Kenya is the world’s third largest producer and the leading exporter of the caffeinated leaves, and the land around the township of Kericho and bordering the […] ...
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October 30, 2012

Beyond the Farm: What's Next for Certification?

As the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil convenes its tenth meeting this week in Singapore, this is a key time to consider questions about sustainability certifications and standards. Andre Brosser, founder of Beagle Sustainable Solutions, provides some thoughts on the future directions of RSPO and eco-certification in general. Once upon a time, a leading palm […] ...
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