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Sustainability Research that Counts

February 24th, 2017|0 Comments

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.

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Boosting Cotton Sustainability

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

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.

  • Impacts of Certification on Organized Small Coffee Farmers in Kenya

Impacts of Certifications on Organized Small Coffee Farmers in Kenya

April 1st, 2016|Comments Off on 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 [...]

  • Testing the Progress out of Poverty Index

Testing the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI)

April 17th, 2015|0 Comments

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?

COSA Reports of Key Projects and Origins

May 14th, 2015|Comments Off on COSA Reports of Key Projects and Origins

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

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El informe C.O.S.A. sobre la Medición de la Sostenibilidad

May 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Fecha original de publicación: 21 May 2014 Descargar Resumen Ejecutivo

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The COSA Measuring Sustainability Report

January 31st, 2014|0 Comments

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.

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

September 1st, 2008|0 Comments

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.

Assessing the Role of Agriculture in Syrian Territories

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

COSA's Elena Serfilippi and Daniele Giovannucci advised CIHEAM Bari on issues of community vulnerability and resilience in their forthcoming publication, "Assessing the Role of Agriculture in Syrian territories." Read the [...]

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

November 14th, 2016|Comments Off on 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

September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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?

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

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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

March 10th, 2015|0 Comments

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

December 13th, 2014|0 Comments

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.

Sustainable Commodity Sourcing

September 4th, 2014|0 Comments

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

An agenda for assessing and improving conservation impacts of sustainability standards in tropical agriculture

October 31st, 2014|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability

January 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

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.

  • Riding the wave of sustainable commodity sourcing

Riding the wave of sustainable commodity sourcing: Review of the Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH 2008-2013

August 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Riding the wave of sustainable commodity sourcing: Review of the Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH 2008-2013

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 [...]

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.

By | January 31st, 2014|0 Comments

Seeking Sustainability – COSA 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.

By | September 1st, 2008|0 Comments

Publications using some COSA data or referencing its work

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?

By | September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

By | January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

By | December 12th, 2014|0 Comments