Publications

Testing the Progress out of Poverty Index
The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), a global consortium that researches and promotes science-based impact assessment tools for agricultural producers, has released a synthesis of its 2013 reporting “Testing the Progress out of Poverty Index in the COSA Platform.” In 2012-13, COSA realized that a widely-applicable poverty assessment tool would complement its own well-developed suite of tools, and this report presents the findings of its review of tools and testing of the PPI.
April 17, 2015
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This content was created for a COSA Partner organization and some of it has limited access. For more on each report please contact the Partner director or info@staging.thecosa.org

The COSA Measuring Sustainability Report

The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), joined by leading global firms and development agencies, launches its landmark “The COSA Measuring Sustainability Report”. The report illuminates the salient findings from nearly 18,000 surveys between 2009 to 2013 in Africa, Asia and Latin America for coffee and cocoa - two important commodities that are bellwethers for sustainability trends in other crops.

January 31, 2014
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Publications using some COSA data or referencing its work
The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014
The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014 provides a bird's-eye view of market and performance trends across 16 of the most prevalent standards initiatives operating across ten different commodity sectors.
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) [visit page]
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The Future of Sustainability Standards
To explore what we can do to increase the environmental results of these sustainability standards, COSA's president Daniele Giovannucci joined Brian Milder and an esteemed group of researchers and scientists in compiling the "Agenda for assessing and improving conservation impacts of sustainability standards in tropical Agriculture", recently published in the Conservation Biology journal.
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The Economics of Fair Trade
Raluca Dragusanu and Nathan Nunn (Harvard University) and COSA President Daniele Giovannucci provide a critical overview of the economic theory behind Fair Trade.
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Small Holder Supply Chains
As part of COSA’s ongoing multi-lateral collaboration representatives from the Sustainable Food Lab, COSA, and the ISEAL Alliance came together to co-author Partnering for increased learning in smallholder supply chains.
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Sustainable Commodity Sourcing
As part of an ongoing global effort to document and understand optimal sustainability approaches, COSA collaborated with a Wageningen University-led initiative to create policy briefs for the Dutch Government.
September 4, 2014
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Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability

Study led by COSA President Daniele Giovannucci released by the U.N. Division for Sustainable Development as a strategic input to the "Sustainable Development in the 21st Century Report," launched at the Rio+20 Summit.

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
January 2, 2011
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) [visit page]
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