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    Nico Roozen: A founding father

    23 December 2019

    Solidaridad’s honorary president Nico Roozen on lessons learnt from more than 30 years at the helm of certification systems, the disruptive power of new technologies, and why they’re needed to make an impact on the supply chain.
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    ASM Gold deserves support from formal finance

    18 December 2019

    The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold sector suffers from a dubious reputation worldwide among micro-credit financiers, impact investors and the private sector. There is a persistent perception that investing in and financing of ASM comes with a high level of risk. However, this perception is inaccurate and unfair.
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    More market linkages for South African smallholders

    06 December 2019

    Getting their produce to buyers remains a huge challenge for smallholders. Selling more quality fruit and vegetables would not only increase their incomes, it would reduce food waste through spoilage. Could digital tools provide a solution? Trading platform HelloChoice is providing exciting opportunites in South Africa.
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    Reviving organic cotton in Maharashtra, India

    05 December 2019

    Stimulating organic growing techniques in Maharashtra State, India, was the focus at the second Cotton Trailblazers event. Maharashtra was an early adopter of organic cotton, but now trails other states. International delegates looked at how to reverse that trend and strengthen India's exemplary role as the world's leading supplier of the ubiquitous fibre.
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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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