COSA Publications

How Green is your Tea? – Benefits of Shared Indicators
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Shared Indicators

A common language of measuring tea sustainability improves our ability to understand and effect change in this sector. Building on the best current work in tea, International Experts convened by COSA and the Ethical Tea Partnership accomplished an important first step toward this by creating a comprehensive core set of tea indicators. This article summarizes the work of the Experts and provides insights on the linkages between tea sustainability issues and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Historic Approaches and Key Challenges in Rural Development
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Climate Change

Intelligent rural investments or operations with sustainable practices require a good understanding of the influential factors as well as historic lessons from decades of development literature. This simple review is very accessible for a non-expert and charts the path to the multidimensionality of today’s Sustainable Development Goals through a fifty-year retrospective of key moments in development history.

Practical Applications of COSA’s Resilience Measurement Approach
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Impact Assessment

COSA’s Resilience Measurement Tool is useful and adaptable for projects of varying aims and scales.

Resilience Measurement: Differences and Similarities with Sustainability
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Climate Change

In this second brief, we present COSA’s resilience measurement system, starting with an analysis of its similarities and differences with common sustainability measurement.

A Marriage of Necessity: Building a Sustainability and Resilience Tool for the Future
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Climate Change

In this issue brief, we discuss how Resilience is a prerequisite to ensure long term sustainability, and how resilience programming should incorporate normative sustainable thinking based on the analysis of the relations between resilience and sustainability.

Simpler Resilience Measurement
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With the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Resilience Working Group COSA developed a resilience measurement tool as a contribution to the public good.

Resilience Measurement and Conceptual Frameworks
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Thanks in part to a Ford Foundation grant, COSA brought clarity to the lack of consensus and consistency surrounding resilience programs in the development community.

Boosting Cotton Sustainability
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: COSA Issue Brief

In this issue brief, we discuss how a uniform approach to measuring the sustainability of cotton farming systems and common metrics to do so are needed to move the cotton sector toward more sustainable modes of production.

Sustainability Research that Counts
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Public Good

In this issue brief, we unpack some of the elements critical to the idea of implementation research and highlight some of the unique challenges that occur in thinking about evidence-based policy design for agriculture and sustainability.

COSA Reports of Key Projects and Origins
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Columbia

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

Testing the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI)
| Categories: COSA Publications,Research & Publications | Tags: Poverty Index (PPI)

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?

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.