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    Blog: A day in the life of MASO Cocoa Academy students in Ghana

    30 July 2019

    Solidaridad’s MASO Cocoa Academy is a training programme for young Ghanaian women and men to become skilled, business-savvy cocoa farmers. In this blog, our colleague Lauren Konopacz shares her experience from joining the current MASO students on their typical study day at the Cocoa Academy.
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    Honduran palm oil sector commits to zero deforestation

    25 July 2019

    On 10 July government agencies, private and social companies, Solidaridad, and civil society organizations (CSOs) signed a zero-deforestation agreement with the palm oil sector, and are already working on a plan for its implementation.
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    Solidaridad wins the Energy Globe award for sustainable agriculture in Paraguay

    23 July 2019

    Solidaridad received the national Energy Globe Award for its UniSol project in which it contributed to sustainability in agriculture among 2,658 producers in Paraguay. The Energy Globe Award is one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards.
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    It’s not rocket science: step by step guide to develop a sustainable materials strategy

    18 July 2019

    Isabelle Roger, Solidaridad’s International Programme Coordinator for cotton, facilitated a panel discussion - titled ‘Why a sustainable materials strategy matters?’ - at the Global Cotton Sustainability Conference in Shanghai, which took place between 11 and 13 June. The panel consisted of sustainability experts from international fashion brands.
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    Landmark stakeholder meeting step forward for sustainable cocoa production in Ghana

    12 July 2019

    Solidaridad West Africa recently facilitated a groundbreaking roundtable, bringing together the land committee of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Council, Ghana, and tenant cocoa farmers. They met to build consensus over provisions in a proposed lease agreement that has generated controversy between the two parties over the past decades.
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    Zero-deforestation agreement marks milestone for Colombia’s beef and dairy sectors

    11 July 2019

    The Minister of Environment of Colombia, Solidaridad, and a coalition of private sector and civil society partners, recently signed a milestone agreement to reduce deforestation related to the beef and dairy supply chains in Colombia by 2030. An updated priority is to define the working plan for its implementation.
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    Dynamics of Due Diligence: How to get it "right"?

    09 July 2019

    Competing interests and lack of cooperation between governments and companies can easily harm local communities, despite the best intentions of all parties involved. Solidaridad took the opportunity at the LANDac Conference in the Netherlands to host a roundtable discussion about the challenges companies face when exercising their due diligence in various policy environments.
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    Blog: Can Southern African consumers save our farmers?

    04 July 2019

    Solidaridad Managing Director for Southern Africa, Mandla Nkomo, examines the state of agriculture in his region and offers some possible solutions to improve the supply chains for a few essential commodities. Learn more about his insights gained from direct experience in the region over many years.
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    New cocoa floor price: A step towards more equal trade?

    03 July 2019

    On 12 June 2019, the governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire announced a floor price of USD 2,600/ton of cocoa beans for the 2019/2020 cocoa season. They also announced a suspension of forward sales of beans for the 2020/2021 season.
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    Focus on farmers essential to grow the Tanzanian dairy sector

    02 July 2019

    Solidaridad and partners Tanga Fresh and the Mruazi farm, with funding from Achmea Foundation and Rabobank Foundation, have launched a new pilot programme for dairy in Tanzania's Tanga region. This pilot will tackle the entire dairy value chain, starting with the implementation of four pilots for business cases for farming, services and fodder production.
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