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SAP Partners With Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to Support Rural Workers
SAP Partners With Colombian Coffee Growers Federation to Support Rural Workers

SUPPLY CHAIN - SAP has joined forces with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and the Manuel Mejía Foundation to provide coffee farmers with the technology and training they need to develop more sustainable business practices.Technology continues to be scarce among rural communities in Colombia, SAP says. To help change this reality, the company supplied technical training to more than 500 coffee growers, teaching them how to effectively use mobile tablets and computers to access the “coffee portal,” which provides useful information on coffee market news, geographical farm data, coffee purchasing conditions, incentives and support programs.

Greenpeace Linking Host of Household Brands to Destruction of Sumatran Tiger Habitat
Greenpeace Linking Host of Household Brands to Destruction of Sumatran Tiger Habitat

SUPPLY CHAIN - Greenpeace International tonight launched a report calling out a host of consumer products companies — including Colgate Palmolive, Mondelez International (formerly Kraft), Nestlé Oil, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser and a host of other companies — as guilty by association for rainforest destruction in Indonesia, a crucial habitat region for the endangered Sumatran tiger.A License to Kill: How Deforestation for Palm Oil Is Driving Sumatran Tigers Toward Extinction links the companies to Singapore-based Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil processor, which accounts for over one-third of the global palm oil processing market and has a distribution network covering over 50 countries.

Fair Trade USA and Kiva Launch Microlending Program for Fair Trade Farmers
Fair Trade USA and Kiva Launch Microlending Program for Fair Trade Farmers

SUPPLY CHAIN - Fair Trade USA has partnered with nonprofit Kiva to help small-scale coffee farmers access financing, improve crop quality and invest in the future of their families and communities.The partnership resulted from a successful collaboration last year between Fair Trade USA, Kiva and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to pilot Kiva’s first agricultural lending program with a Fair Trade coffee cooperative in Mexico. Kiva says its lenders around the world fully funded nearly all of the loans, which benefited hundreds of small farmers working to prepare their fields for harvest.

Mondelez International Launches Cocoa Life Sustainability Program in Indonesia
Mondelez International Launches Cocoa Life Sustainability Program in Indonesia

COLLABORATION - Mondelez International has announced an agreement with the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute (ICCRI) and suppliers Armajaro and Olam to promote sustainable Indonesian cocoa farming, improve cocoa bean quality and support the development of Indonesian cocoa communities.

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EcoDairy Harnessing the Hidden Power of Cow Manure
EcoDairy Harnessing the Hidden Power of Cow Manure

WASTE NOT - It takes two days to train a cow to milk itself. This may sound like a farmer’s utopia, but at Bakerview EcoDairy, a robotic milker is just one of many dairy farm innovations being put to use.Bill Vanderkooi, president and CEO of the farm, seeks out all of the latest technologies to help him run his operation, which hosts an onsite market and agricultural education center. Armed with a Master’s degree in animal science, Vanderkooi opened the 80-acre farm near Abbotsford, British Columbia, in June of 2010. He has since established himself as a pioneer among small-scale, sustainable farm owners.

Consumer Activists Urging Kellogg's to Take Stand Against Deforestation
Consumer Activists Urging Kellogg's to Take Stand Against Deforestation

SUPPLY CHAIN - Environmental activists (and former Girl Scouts) Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, along with over 100,000 people in the U.S. and around the world, are calling on Kellogg Company CEO John Bryant to end the food company’s partnership with Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil trader, unless it agrees to stop relying on deforestation.

Tom's of Maine Experimenting with Potato Starch Packaging
Tom's of Maine Experimenting with Potato Starch Packaging

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - This post first appeared on Earth911.com on July 10, 2013.Already topping lists of the nation’s most sustainable companies, Tom’s of Maine is looking to reduce end-of-life waste from its products even more by experimenting with biodegradable packaging made from potato starch.

Mondelez International Helping 1,500 Vietnamese Coffee Farmers Become Sustainable Entrepreneurs
Mondelez International Helping 1,500 Vietnamese Coffee Farmers Become Sustainable Entrepreneurs

SUPPLY CHAIN - Global food and beverage giant Mondelez International has unveiled a new training facility for coffee farmers to promote sustainability and entrepreneurship in Vietnam. The company says this is a major step toward implementing its "Coffee Made Happy" sustainability program, which commits to investing at least $200 million to help one million coffee farming entrepreneurs by 2020.

Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Solar Conduction Dryer Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge

PRESS RELEASE - •Student team from India addresses the 20 to 30 percent food spoilage rate for poor rural farmers, via cost-effective dehydrators powered by solar conduction •Finalist projects range from new cancer diagnostic tool and nonprofit fundraising platform to solar power crowdsourcing and recycled shoes •Entrepreneurial students and their innovative ventures celebrated at finals event

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Bridgestone Americas and Yulex Develop Renewable Alternative to Rubber
Bridgestone Americas and Yulex Develop Renewable Alternative to Rubber

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - A little-known perennial shrub called guayule (pronounced why-u-lee), native to the Southwestern United States, has been tapped as a potential alternative natural source for rubber by Bridgestone Americas and agricultural-based biomaterials company, Yulex.

Sustainable Harvest Launches Disaster Relief Effort For Organic Coffee Farmers in Latin America
Sustainable Harvest Launches Disaster Relief Effort For Organic Coffee Farmers in Latin America

SUPPLY CHAIN - Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers (SHCI) has embarked on a relief effort to help Latin American coffee farmers facing an outbreak of Coffee Leaf Rust Disease, known as Roya in Spanish — a parasitic fungus that is expected to destroy between 30 and 70 percent of the region’s organic coffee harvest.

BASF hosts its first Symposium on Sustainability Assessment in Agriculture
BASF hosts its first Symposium on Sustainability Assessment in Agriculture

PRESS RELEASE - BASF hosts its first Symposium on Sustainability Assessment in Agriculture  International experts call for common approach to sustainability assessment in food supply chain  BASF invites opinion leaders to a joint discussion platform to develop general principles

Rainforest Foundation Promotes Sustainable Palm Oil with UK Easter Chocolate Rankings
Rainforest Foundation Promotes Sustainable Palm Oil with UK Easter Chocolate Rankings

SUPPLY CHAIN - With Easter just around the corner, The Rainforest Foundation has teamed up with Ethical Consumer magazine to release a ranking of more than 70 UK chocolate brands to encourage companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.

Solar Energy Used to Power Production of Becker Underwood’s Environmentally Friendly Biopesticides and Biofertilizers
Solar Energy Used to Power Production of Becker Underwood’s Environmentally Friendly Biopesticides and Biofertilizers

PRESS RELEASE - Installation of 120 solar panels at Becker Underwood’s Littlehampton, United Kingdom facility

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