9 members’ of The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance have applied shared social and environmental principles across their loan portfolios. This encompasses roughly $600 million to businesses providing services to 2 million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Which retailers and brands lead the Better Cotton league? The Top 10 (volume) Better Cotton sourcing businesses include many high-street favorites from around the world. In descending order of magnitude, the leading BCI Retail and Brand Members sourcing Better Cotton globally are...
IDH’s landscape program team in Kenya (ISLA Kenya), together with private sector partners and the Dutch ambassador, met with the ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Nairobi on 23 January, 2017 for a dialogue of common interest in the South West Mau.
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February 9 the IDH Forum DRIVING BUSINESS SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES was held in Amsterdam. Designed as a catalyzer for innovative solutions, over 100 high level representatives from 11 landscapes in Africa, Asia and Latin America built on each others experiences to drive new landscape business solutions. Check out: #IDHforum
By signing cooperation with the Global Coffee Platform (GCP), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Coöperation and Development (BMZ) demonstrate their long-term commitment to positively impacting the livelihoods of coffee farming communities and their ecosystems, and ultimately foster a sustainable, thriving coffee sector.
The BCI Growth and Innovation Fund, which project portfolio is managed by BCI, IDH and cotton sourcing companies has recieved significant financial support from the German government. At the same time the Australian Government launched a partnership with Cotton Australia and BCI to train 225,000 Pakistani cotton farmers
150 Olympic swimming pools, electricity to turn on 19.662 televisions for a year and 2.629.000 USD in savings. These are the improvements that have been achieved with the first 3 mills that take part in IDH’s Race to the Top pilot program.
In partnership with Solidaridad and Marks & Spencer, IDH trained from 2014 to 2016, over 2,600 soy family farmers in better and responsible agricultural practices. By preparing young people to be responsible land stewards the project contributed to a long-term future of responsible agriculture in Eastern Paraguay.
With the header: “IDH stops deforestation” Dutch magazine P+ introduced its latest issue, featuring the soy MoU, co-organized by IDH. Soy Director Lucian Peppelenbos: “It is good to be optimistic and ambitious. But clearly this MoU alone will not stop deforestation. But it IS a big step towards mainstream responsible soy and its part of our Mato Grosso landscape strategy
Over 85,000 farmers have been trained on sustainable agricultural practices and Rainforest Alliance certification through Farmer Field Schools (FFS), including over 45,000 women (53%). Resulting in income diversification, higher yields and health, food and nutrition improvements.
Convened by IDH, APROSOJA, ABIOVE, FEDIOL and FEFAC signed a MoU to match visions and align actions to mainstream Brazilian responsible soy production and European market demand.
IDH is incorporating a large Fund to work with investors, companies and local authorities on deforestation-free jurisdictions, and responsibly produced commodities like palm oil, pulp & paper, beef, soy and cocoa.
After almost 7 years co-leading IDH as Executive Board member, Ted van der Put decided to rebalance his work and life in a more sustainable way and step back from IDH’s Executive Board. Per January 1st 2017 he will be succeeded by Steven Collet.
This consultant would be hired to build on the past two years of work, in which IDH has developed a methodology to analyse the economic sustainability of Service Delivery Models (SDM). So far IDH has executed a number of analyses with key partners in the coffee and cocoa industries, to expand the knowledge on this topic, IDH is scaling up the number of analyses in the next phase of the SDM work stream. The goal of these case analyses is to give both IDH and the private partner insight in the SDM to identify strengths and areas for development.
Europe is the main importer of sustainable palm oil. A monitoring report by ESPO, EPOA and the RSPO shows that in 2015, 2 million mass balance and segregated RSPO certified sustainable palm oil was imported in Europe and an additional 1.5 million Book and Claim certificates were redeemed for the European market.
In 2016 IDH decided to move from focusing on segregated commodity supply chains to using a landscape approach to address sustainability at field level. We decided to do this because it became increasingly clear that many challenges such as legality, water management and forest conservation are common across commodities, especially in the forestry sector, and that working together would be the most effective way forward.
As part of a Dutch trade mission to Indonesia in November, IDH moderated a discussion on sustainable palm oil with among others Minister Lukita (Min. of Trade of Indonesia) and Minister Ploumen (Min. for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands) as well as Chinese trade delegates.
In Europe, there is a growing negative image of palm oil which is leading towards a movement to boycott palm oil instead of using sustainable palm oil.
Think of palm oil, and it’s likely that the forests and swamps of west Africa and Southeast Asia spring to mind. More specifically, at least if you are in Western Europe or the United States, it’s possible that you imagine decimated forests, drained swamps, homeless orangutans and out-of-control mega fires. As a European arriving in Asia for the first time four years ago, this certainly was the perception I had.
In early November, the IDH team visited the 14th annual round table on sustainable palm oil (RSPO RT). Although as a certification neutral organisation IDH is not an RSPO member, IDH is keen to support all actors working towards sustainable palm oil. Our focus this year was on the jurisdictional approach to certification, as IDH is supporting the efforts of South Sumatra to become one of the first RSPO certified jurisdictions in the world.
The International Coffee Organization's new study assesses the cost structure of coffee production in selected countries (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and El Salvador), and derives recommendations on how to improve the economic viability of coffee production.
It shows that price volatility in the coffee market and increasing costs of production for farmers, means that many producers operate at a loss in both the short and long term.
ISF's latest briefing explores this question in "Financial inclusion fit to size: Customizing digital credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania." The fourteenth briefing note in a series from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance, the Dalberg Design Impact Group (DIG) explores the causes of low uptake in digital credit for smallholders to better understand how we can develop concrete product solutions to jump-start adoption of digital credit products by them.
“Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier”, explores Root Capital’s evolving approach to balancing financial return with impact, and provides tools that other impact investors can use to make investment decisions that weigh all factors of portfolio performance -- financial, social, and environmental -- in a quantitative and holistic way.
The ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya, HE Amb. Frans Makken, visited IDH’s South West Mau Forest landscape program area on 15 November. The visit, which included a tree planting afternoon, discussion with program board members and a flight over the forest block, provided the ambassador with the opportunity to understand and appreciate the work IDH and its partners are doing in the landscape under the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA), the Kenyan branch of IDH’s landscapes program.
On November 9th at 9:00 an 15:00 CET, IDH hosted a 1hr webinar on Service Delivery Models. In the session we shared the insights gained and our next steps on the road towards creating cost-effective and scalable solutions that empower smallholders, to grow and sustain their businesses.
The development of Vietnamese Apparel and Footwear sector in an environmentally, economically and socially friendly manner is one step closer through the signing of a Cooperation Agreement today.
IDH’s tea program in Malawi is one step closer to realize a living wage for Malawian tea workers.
The latest briefing paper 'Insights in measuring and evaluating socio-economic progress of smallholder farmers in formal agribusiness chains", explores the difficulties in measuring impact on farmer livelihoods and makes recommendations for organizing it more effectively.
On 5th & 6th October 2016, the 1st Membership Assembly of the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) took place in Geneva (Switzerland), where more than 140 stakeholders from all over the world gathered with the common goal, to work together towards a thriving and sustainable coffee world.
Reducing global poverty and improving food security is largely dependent on smallholder farmers becoming more productive. They must do so, however, in the face of new challenges caused by climate change, including devastating crop loss and increased droughts.
The Norwegian Initiative for Sustainable Palm Oil has signed the Commitment to Support: 100% Sustainable Palm Oil in Europe by 2020.
Moving towards sustainable palm oil in Europe creates an incentive to make the global palm oil supply more sustainable. NGOs like Greenpeace and Conservation International support the sourcing of credible, sustainable palm oil and the goal to achieve 100% sustainable palm oil in Europe.
The Global Coffee Platform has released a new report, which showcases the growth of National Coffee Platform in the producing countries of Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Uganda and Vietnam.
IDH supporting Barry Callebaut and Prova's joint project empowering vanilla farmers.
Barry Callebaut and Prova are launching a joint project empowering vanilla farmers in Madagascar, with IDH supporting the project with expertise and co-funding.
The report compiles information on the sustainability initiatives of more than 80 stakeholders throughout the coffee sector.
Nestle, Mondelez, Barry Callebaut, Olam, Hersheys, Cargill, Ecom, Lindt and Touton have joined together towards efficiently curbing malnutirion of cocoa communities in Cote D'Ivoire and Ghana.
The IDH Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) is convening a platform to facilitate public-private dialogue and joint action between government, industry and local populations in the wider Taï Forest region.
Action, achievement and aspiration key at the Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition Conference.
The initial approach to declining soil fertility of cocoa farms by the cocoa sector was to increase the availability of high-quality cocoa fertilizer at an affordable costs to cocoa farmers in West Africa.
In the last months, the project partners and FSI members have been working together to finalise the measuring protocol and get some first experiences on gathering the data.
Despite challenges for cotton farmers across the country caused by unpredictable weather conditions BCI farmers achieved 15% higher yields and 6% less pesticides input, resulting in 16% higher profits
Making cocoa farming more sustainable and profitable for farmers
In a ground breaking partnership, Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, announce a risk sharing partnership of USD 9 million to cover up to 103,000 smallholder cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire by 2020.
The first ever Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Tea Association of Malawi and The Plantation and Allied Workers Union has been signed, the Malawi Tea 2020 programme Steering Committee is pleased to announce.
Following a successful call for proposals in the first quarter of 2016, the ISLA team in Vietnam is preparing to implement the first projects later this month.
IDH is a supporting organization to the Agreement Sustainable Garment and Textile, an agreement on international responsible business conduct in the garment and textile sector.
Today NORAD (The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) signed an agreement with IDH to support ISLA in three countries to help delink commodity production from deforestation.
BRO (Blomsterbranschens Riksorganisation), the Swedish Wholesale Association for Flowers and Plants, was welcomed as a new Ordinary member of FSI by the Board on 9 June 2016.
Barry Callebaut and IDH have signed an MoU to start programs to improve sustainability of cocoa and livelihoods of cocoa farmers (including farmer finance, gender, nutrition, landscape protection and crop diversification).
The government of the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, and IDH, signed a partnership agreement which outlines cooperation between the government and IDH towards green and inclusive growth.
Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Dr. Le Quoc Doanh, approved National Sustainability Curriculum (NSC) as official extension documents for all farmer trainings...
The governor of West Kalimantan, Cornelis M.H., has set out his roadmap for sustainable development, and plans to use an integrated landscape approach to support his objectives for green growth.
Governor Cornelis is taking the lead in defining and implementing a low carbon green growth development model in Indonesia.
New life cycle analysis of pile planking published
Interest in the European Sustainable Tropical Timber Coalition’s (STTC) funding programme is growing among industry Federations, timber companies and local authorities across Europe.
True Price and IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, have released a series of reports on the True Price of commodities in an area of production. The investigation compares external costs between sectors, allowing for stakeholders to identify interventions that could potentially reduce external costs.
Last week in Paris there was an exciting on Vanilla with 80% of the industry and 11 representatives from Madagascar. The participants agreed to sign a cooperation agreement for the coming 3 years to work on professionalization of the sector, farmer income improvements, quality and market stability.
The IDH Vietnam team is proud to announce that IDH is now registered as a legal entity in Vietnam! Following a process that started 1.5 years ago, we went through all the procedures of how we finance private sector to jointly contributing to the public good. And it is now official!
Healthy workers, better opportunities for women, improved smallholder livelihoods and better environmental performance are key elements discussed at Team Up India.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Rift Valley Lakes Basin Authority and IDH on the 9th of March.
The results of the baseline studies on land use change, drivers of deforestation and socio-economic issues in the wider Taï area, Côte d’Ivoire conducted for ISLA are now available.
The ISLA team in Mato Grosso is in the process of approving the co-funding of three state wide projects as a part of the state government’s Environmental Regularization program ("PRA").
"Bilateral meetings held between key stakeholders and IDH on 23 - 27 March in the wider Tai forest area, Côte d’Ivoire indicate a strong appetite and need for a landscape level approach to tackling sustainability issues in the area," says ISLA senior global manager Daan Wensing.
Pedro Taques, Mato Grosso governor announced on March 24th that his government has set up a committee to monitor the progress made on the state’s COP21 ambitions.
In a meeting with the Mato Grosso Secretary for Economic Development (SEMA) on March 22, the FEFAC president, Ruud Thijssens expressed the organization’s interest in investing in the MT government’s PCI program to combat deforestation.
MONROVIA: The Liberian government has announced the first steps in an ambitious plan to work with leading international companies to improve smallholder productivity and livelihoods, while conserving the country’s forests and growing its economy.
Key public and private sector stakeholders in the ISLA South West Mau Forest landscape gathered in Nairobi early March to develop an action plan that aims to conserve the forest while improving livelihoods.
Asian Agri, Setara Jambi and IDH launch a collaborative program on March 15 to support 10,000 palm oil smallholders in the border area between Jambi and South Sumatran Province in Indonesia.
A group of leading forestry and agriculture companies, NGOs and other partners today announced the formation of the Fire-Free Alliance (FFA), a voluntary, multi-stakeholder platform to aid in the solution to land and forest fires in Indonesia.
IDH, together with a group of leading forestry and agriculture companies, NGOs and other partners announced the formation of the Fire-Free Alliance (FFA) on March 11 in Jakarta.
The Global Coffee Platform launched in Addis Ababa marked the 4th World Coffee Conference. A new era of sustainability for the entire coffee sector with a public-private action agenda aimed at improving the livelihoods of coffee farmers worldwide!
The first of the 2016 aerial surveillance flights over South West Mau Forest by ISLA took place in February.
The three institutional donors from the Dutch, Danish and Swiss governments visited Kenya in February.
On February 2, the Kenyan ministry of Environment together with the Kericho County government organized the World Wetlands Day event in Kericho, Kenya.
On January 21, 2016: Hoang Van Thang, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ted van der Put, IDH Program Director signed a cooperation agreement to improve water resource management in the Central Highlands, South Centre provinces and Dong Nai River Basin.
On January 21, 2016, the Vice Director of Vietnam Environmental Protection Fund (VEPF) Ms. Duong Thi Phuong Anh and IDH Program Director, Ted van der Put signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote sustainable land and water resource management.
The ISLA team is in the process of developing pilot projects and sending calls for proposals or developing projects with key stakeholders in the other landscapes.
The ISLA team is in the process of developing pilot projects and sending calls for proposals or developing projects with key stakeholders in the other landscapes.
At the COP21 in Paris in early December, Pedro Taques the Mato Grosso governor, announced the state’s green growth strategy and plans to reduce 6 gigatons of CO2 emissions by 2030, while increasing agricultural outputs and improving livelihoods at the same time. The three-faceted strategy – ‘produce, protect, include’ – involves government, business and civil society collaborating to achieve zero deforestation and eliminate forest degradation.
At the COP21 in Paris in early December, Pedro Taques the Mato Grosso governor, announced the state’s green growth strategy and plans to reduce 6 gigatons of CO2 emissions by 2030, while increasing agricultural outputs and improving livelihoods at the same time
At the Indonesia Pavilion, the South Sumatra governor launched a Green Growth Action plan with immediate priorities – fire, peatland, poverty and planning.
European private sector forces join to ensure a fully sustainable palm oil supply chain in Europe by 2020. The commitment to support 100% sustainable Palm Oil was presented to the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen. Four other EU countries also showed their support for the Amsterdam Palm Oil Declaration.
Big solutions can be found in a little book released today at the Paris climate talks. The Little Sustainable Landscapes Book argues that sustainable management of landscapes is a local and global necessity – but that few landscapes around the world are being effectively managed to balance the competing demands of today, let alone those likely to emerge tomorrow.
Addis Abeba, March 2016 - The first landmark of the newly formed Global Coffee Platform was today at the 4th World Coffee Conference: the launch of Vision 2020, a plan that marks a new era of public private cooperation for sustainability in the entire coffee sector...
Today the South Sumatran Provincial governor Alex Noerdin and IDH director Joost Oorthuizen signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the IDH office in Utrecht. With the MoU in place, IDH and the South Sumatran government can jointly implement a green growth plan that will help stop fires, delink commodity production from deforestation by convening the power and influence of both businesses and government.
Today, at the U.N. climate negotiations, Conservation International (CI) announced the launch of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge — a call to action to make coffee the first sustainable agricultural product in the world. The announcement comes as ministers gather to write a new climate agreement and as momentum builds for businesses to take direct action to combat climate change.
In the period of 2016-2020, IDH will engage in 11 sectors with a focus on addressing deep impact issues (“high-hanging fruits”), such as deforestation, living wage, sexual harassment on crop plantations, smallholder productivity & livelihood improvements, and reducing the toxic load of agro-chemicals.
To improve agriculture, business practices and productivity, IDH, convened civil society, corporate and finance organizations in coalitions with the aim of creating new financing models to fund smallholder farmer perennial crops (Cocoa, Coffee, Tea).
The Global Aquaculture Alliance's Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification scheme has submitted an application to the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) following the launch of its Global Benchmark Tool.
IDH CEO Joost Oorthuizen has been listed number 61 out of the 100 top sustainability drivers in the Netherlands on the “Sustainable 100” ranking by Trouw, a major Dutch newspaper. Joost, who has been on the list since 2011 (in 2013 he was number 29), was praised for his and IDH’s work in bringing together public and private sectors to work together towards sustainable supply chains.
ISLA Ethiopia coalition of public, private and civil society stakeholders gathered in Ziway town on the 1st of Oct 2015 to validate short listed joint actions for implementation in the coming year.
There is business in sustainability; increasingly consumers are aware of sustainability issues, find these important, and even make it play a part in their purchasing decisions. But apparently, companies do not yet sufficiently know how to tell their sustainability story. That is the topic of Sustainable Business Network’s Fiona Stephenson’s blog post of this week.
Can you name any of the seventeen proposed Sustainable Development Goals yet? As the eight Millennium Development goals reach their due date this year, they have been the topic of many a discussion. The goals were set up by the United Nations at the beginning of the new millennium, when world leaders gathered to shape a vision to fight poverty, and have kept civil society and governments quite busy over the past
“Whites don’t cheat” was one of the remarks given by a cocoa farmer, when asked why he would sell to Ecom. This initially shocking remark was later revealed as an indication of the importance of integrity in developing relations with smallholders.
Three new people have joined the ISLA global team in the past few months: Dr. N´golo Fanny as ISLA senior stakeholder manager in Côte d´Ivoire; Mahlet Shebabaw as program managers in Ethiopia and Sanne Heijnen, as program officer based in Utrecht.
Even those consumers that are not very eco-savvy know Fairtrade bananas. Or they know they could give their mother fair trade roses for mother’s day. This is partially thanks to certification: they have seen the certificate on the product and might have come across a Rainforest alliance campaign so they know a little about it.
Minister Ploumen (Ministry of International Trade and Development Cooperation) has expressed her support for the ambition of European Sustainable Palm Oil (ESPO), an initiative of The Netherlands Oils and Fats Industry (MVO), and IDH. ‘The Netherlands are ahead in their achievements: by the end of this year we hope to have switched to 100% sustainable palm oil. It is time that other European countries also progress in making their supply chains more sustainable’, said the Minister last February.
IDH’s innovative finance manager, Johnny Brom, was one of the external partners recently invited by Cargill to join them on a ‘learning journey’ week-long trip to South Africa and Zambia, exploring some of the major challenges and opportunities related to global food security. This trip was planned in honor of Cargill’s 150th anniversary as a leading supply chain actor and they invited a multi-stakeholder group - including representatives from their suppliers, farmer associations, higher education, NGO partners, development agencies and customers. Johnny offers some insights on his trip for today's Friday reflection piece
‘Building our Flourishing Future’ is the tagline of the ISLA program that was officially launched in Kericho, on June 30. Working closely with the private sector, the program builds on existing efforts a multi-stakeholder dialogue and a governance structure with strong public and civil society involvement. The dialogue is aimed at creating a compelling vision, management and investment plan. National and regional government and private sector explicitly voiced their full support to ISLA.
FSC Indonesia held a press conference for a large group of journalists in Jakarta, on Wednesday July 8th. The conference, supported by IDH, aimed to raise Indonesian public awareness on the issues around forest management and deforestation.
On Wednesday, the “High Level Stakeholder Forum for Sustainable Landscape Approach” was launched by the Governor of South Sumatra. This platform provides IDH with the mandate to convene the private sector to, together with Indonesian paper giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), work on a sustainable landscape. This will be done by working with all the involved stakeholders in the landscape. Such an approach, according to IDH, is essential for the sustainable management of natural resources.
On the 8th of July in Monrovia, the Dutch Economic Mission to Liberia led by Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ploumen, alongside IDH, co-organized a round table on green economic growth and private sector development.
Friday is the day that Dutch people traditionally eat fish. When you’re heading to the supermarket in the Netherlands today to get the shrimps for your summer salad, or the salmon for your barbeque, you can now expect to find a sustainable option there.
Stephanie Barrientes @IDH_buzz. Women do heavy work in commodities but have hardly land titles, are not recognized… https://t.co/tXeDKrbsJa