It’s been a busy six months for the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge finalists. Last October, eight teams from around the world were chosen to be part of the first-ever biomimicry food systems accelerator. After pitching and getting feedback on their design concepts in-person during SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, these intrepid innovators began working furiously to test and prototype their nature-inspired design concepts.
Northern Ghana Shea joins the Business Call to Action with a commitment to diversify markets and increase production of smallholder women producers
NEW YORK, April 20, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Northern Ghana Shea (NGS), a social enterprise operating in the Upper West region of Ghana, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to expand market access for 4,000 rural women who pick shea nuts and produce shea butter, and to diversify their customer base by securing at least two international buyers by 2018. As part of its commitment, by 2017 the company will increase the volume of these small-scale farmers’ production by 60 percent.
2015 was a pivotal year for global sustainability. In September, the leaders of 193 United Nations (UN) Member States adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, comprised of a set of 169 targets, are the heir to Millennium Development Goals and represent a shared vision for what needs to be achieved by 2030 to secure a sustainable future. A few months after the SDGs were announced, world leaders gathered in Paris and agreed in principle to a new global framework to address climate change.
Harvest. It feels like an old word, something people used to do centuries ago. Kind of like blacksmithing and spinning thread. It also feels like Autumn, mainly because the closest I’ve ever come to harvesting anything is picking apples in October in the mountains of Virginia.
Harvesting still happens every year though, and it is the beginning of a journey for our food. If our food successfully makes the trip, it will be nourishment for someone. If not, our food will be lost or wasted, and it would be better if it had never been grown at all.