Farming CSR News

How Sodexo’s Commitment to Small Businesses Helps Communities

By: Dean Johnson

Small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, are the engines of economies all over the world. In developing nations, they often account for more than 60 percent of the gross national product and more than 70 percent of total employment. In the U.S., 28 million small businesses account for 54 percent of all sales in the country.

Mimicking Nature to Fight Climate Change

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge seeks solutions that copy natural systems.

Reprinted from Take Part article by John R. Platt

John R. Platt recently wrote an article that does a great job of articulating the role that the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge plays in helping address climate change.  As the sponsor of the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, the Ray C. Anderson Foundation is pleased to share this story.

Can nature teach us how to mitigate the effects of climate change, or even to reverse it?

World Bank Group and Nespresso Partner to Help Coffee Farmers in East Africa

BioCarbon Fund grant to combat climate change
Press Release

October 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Nespresso has today announced a joint investment of $6 million with the World Bank’s IFC (International Finance Corporation) in a landmark collaboration project to support coffee farmers in East Africa to combat the effects of climate change.

U.S. Farm Labor Shortages


The diminishing supply of farm labor is one of the most threatening issues affecting our nation’s fresh produce industry, a sector largely dependent on labor for the harvest and packing of delicate fruit and vegetables. As of last year, an estimated $3.1 billion had been lost in farm income due to labor shortages according to a 2015 report by the Partnership for a New American Economy.

Sorghum Beer — A Growing Staple for the Ugandan Economy


A pint of East Africa’s Eagle Lager Beer looks like most other lagers — rich gold in hue and frothy on top. But that’s where the resemblance ends. For this beer is designed to do more than just quench thirst: it seeks to transform a society, for the better, one glass at a time.

Launched a decade ago, Eagle is the creation of Nile Breweries Limited, a Uganda-based subsidiary of SABMiller. Eagle uses locally produced crops, which supports the region’s economy and promotes sustainable development.

Vertical Farming Offers Solutions to Food Scarcity in Singapore

A visit to wealthy Singapore shows what's possible when resources are focused on what really matters.

Back in May I was invited to Singapore to tour schools, IT hubs, hospitals and startups. The size of the country, as well as their government structure, allows them move towards their objectives more quickly than other countries. What I witnessed during my visit was a nation determined to be seen as a leader in the technology sector and to be recognized as a nucleus for some of the top innovators in the world.One aspect of the trip that really resonated with me was the country's use of vertical farming and other cutting edge agricultural techniques.

Inclusive Agriculture Bears Fruit in Laos

Ironbark Citrus joins the Business Call to Action with an initiative to engage 250 smallholder farming families in its value chain
Press Release

Vientiane, Laos, September 6, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Ironbark Lao, a subsidiary of Australia-based Ironbark Citrus, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to engage 250 smallholder farming families in its value chain by 2021. Through its Vilabouly Citrus Project, the company pledges to increase household incomes six-fold and create entrepreneurship opportunities for local communities throughout the citrus supply chain.

Agriculture, Food, Environmental Leaders Launch Effort to Support Farmers, Strengthen Conservation in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska

Press Release

BOONE, Iowa, September 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ — For the first time ever, leading food and agriculture supply chain companies and conservation organizations have formed an “end-to-end” partnership to support farmers in the improvement of soil health and water quality. The collective announced today the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative — a broad-based effort to support, enhance, and accelerate the use of environmentally preferable agricultural practices already underway in Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Fyffes: Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance

Fyffes’ CR policies apply best practices that improve business performance — and support employees. Miranda Ingram reports… 
It should be a given by now but is nevertheless worth repeating: good corporate social responsibility is win-win. It doesn’t just protect stakeholders but profits the company too, not least in the area of labour relations.

Farmers Markets Offer Benefits That Go Beyond Health

By: Steve Cox

This is National Farmers Market week, and markets near you are probably ready to brim full of fruits and vegetables that local farmers will harvest through the fall. Famers Markets can be a lot of fun to visit—you might even discover a fruit or vegetable variety that you didn’t even know existed. But there are also health, environmental and community benefits that come from buying and eating fresh, local produce.


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