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    Mars, Barry Callebaut, Mondelēz and VOICE Network call for European cocoa due diligence legislation

    03 December 2019

    A new milestone was reached on 2 December in the journey towards sustainable supply chains. The companies Barry Callebaut AG, Mars Wrigley and Mondelēz International, the VOICE Network, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, jointly call on the European Union to strengthen human rights and environmental due diligence requirements placed on companies in global cocoa supply chains.
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    Award-winning cocoa smallholders at Salon du Chocolat

    02 December 2019

    Brazilian smallholder cocoa farmers at the Salon du Chocolat event in Paris demonstrate how they protect the Amazon basin while producing fine chocolate.
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    Gender-responsive due diligence in artisanal and small-scale mining is a must

    26 November 2019

    At the IGF-AGM forum on mineral supply chains in Geneva in October, Women’s Rights and Mining hosted a well-attended side meeting on the need for gender-responsive due diligence in the mining sector.
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    Keeping it local with digital currencies

    21 November 2019

    Complementary currencies can incentivize people to use local shops and encourage them to adopt good farming practices. A workshop by specialists in the field Qoin demonstrated how they could help smallholder economies prosper by keeping assets in the community.
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    Dutch Advertising Code Committee bans margarine’s anti-palm oil message

    19 November 2019

    The Dutch Advertising Code Committee (Reclame Code Commissie) has sent margarine brand The Flower Farm back to the drawing board. The company must now substantially change its product packaging and messaging. It had recently launched so-called shea butter products with a core marketing message of ‘not palm please’.
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    Ten years supporting sustainable agriculture in Brazil

    18 November 2019

    Solidaridad celebrates its first decade in Brazil in 2019. It marked the occasion by inviting thought leaders to reflect on ways to maintain the country’s role as a responsible agriculture powerhouse.
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    From special beans to major programme

    14 November 2019

    As part of a strategy to promote women in the coffee sector, Colombia’s biggest brand, Juan Valdez, launched a special ‘Female Coffee Growers’ edition. Now served in 221 stores in the South American country, it is evolving into a gender equality programme.
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    Drafting China’s sustainable soy guidelines

    11 November 2019

    New guidelines for sustainable soy in China are designed to make the industry greener while promoting food security. More than 40 representatives of the government, global industry, financial institutions and academia gathered on 1 November to discuss the draft guidelines.
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    Solidaridad, Olam, Jacobs Douwe Egberts and smallholder farmers launch circular coffee project in Peru and the Netherlands

    06 November 2019

    Solidaridad, Jacobs Douwe Egberts BV, Olam Peru, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Cuencas del Huallaga and National Forestry Division SERFOR had their first partner meeting on 29 October regarding a new circular coffee project in Peru. This project introduces circularity principles in the coffee value chain from Peru to the Netherlands.
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    Five ways to spot impact investment opportunities in agrifood

    05 November 2019

    Agrifood service providers can help lift smallholder farmers out of poverty, increasing incomes and benefitting the whole supply chain. To maximize their impact, service providers need funding, but they can seem a high-risk proposition. Below we share five crucial factors to assess their investability.
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