Collaborative Publications

Keys to Sustainably Improving Kenya’s Coffee Production
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COSA researchers, Carlos de los Rios and Mica Bennett, find that increasing the participation of young farmers in coffee production can have a positive and sustainable effect on national production. 150

Sustainability Metrics and Data Democratization in Daily Coffee News
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COSA President Daniele Giovannucci: “I believed that if we could offer a pragmatic results-based alternative, it would really make a difference for those who actually care about results.” Learn how COSA advances that mission.150

Global Business Magazine Highlights Coffee Value Chain Report
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STiR Magazine interviews Daniele Giovannucci and Luis Samper on their recent work on the powerful role of intangibles in the coffee value chain. 150

COSA Featured in Coffee Barometer 2018
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COSA details the keys to creating a successful sustainable sourcing program.

USAID’s Field Guide Uses COSA’s Resilience Metrics
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COSA’s work in resilience metrics shapes USAID’s Field Guide.

Lean Research Field Guide

Lean principles ensure that our work is Rigorous, Respectful, Right-sized, and Relevant when working with farmers and communities.

Scope and Precision of Sustainability Assessment Approaches to Food Systems

Swiss researchers ranked COSA as a top approach for measuring sustainability at the farm-level.

Measuring Smallholder Incomes: Towards Better Alignment and Reporting of Farm Economic Metrics

This working paper is a joint initiative by the ISEAL Alliance, Sustainable Food Lab, and COSA to align various metric protocols and guidance on farm economics. The paper is not […]

Meeting Sustainability Goals: Voluntary Sustainability Standards and the Role of the Government

The 2nd Flagship Report of UNFSS seeks to further dissect the interplay between
VSS and public governance processes by striving to answer the following question:
What are the optimal dynamics between public policy processes and voluntary sustainability standards to ensure sustainability objectives are most effectively met?

Impacts of Certifications on Organized Small Coffee Farmers in Kenya

This paper unveils new methodological advancements that will contribute to improving how to assess the impact of sustainability initiatives. The work is a part of the ‘Demonstrating and Improving Poverty […]

Towards a Shared Approach for Smallholder Performance Measurement: Common Metrics and Indicators

This shared approach represents an unique alignment on a common core set of simple indicators for measuring farm sustainability; they are based mostly on COSA indicators and were refined within a community of practice with leading standards organizations, agri-food companies, NGOs, and development agencies. While useful for impact evaluation, these indicators are proposed primarily for performance monitoring.

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.

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.

The Economics of Fair Trade
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Raluca Dragusanu and Nathan Nunn (Harvard University) and COSA President Daniele Giovannucci provide a critical overview of the economic theory behind Fair Trade.

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.

An Agenda for Assessing and Improving Conservation Impacts of Sustainability Standards in Tropical Agriculture

Sustainability standards have seen rapid growth. Given their role in influencing land use, particularly in environments with great biodiversity and deforestation, much can be learned from efforts to evaluate and […]

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.

Riding the Wave of Sustainable Commodity Sourcing: Review of the Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH 2008-2013
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The Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH is an initiative of the Dutch government, private companies, NGOs and trade unions to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of production systems in […]

Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability
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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.

Seeking Sustainability – A Preliminary Analysis of Sustainability Initiatives in the Coffee Sector

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.