Land and Agriculture

As Agribusiness Sustainability Initiatives Face Flak, Here’s How They Can Do Better

By Sam Szoke-Burke September 18, 2020 Sugar plantation fields in Kwilu Ngongo, Bas Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Photo © Julia Doublait. Since last year, 35,000 people in Uganda’s Kiryandongo district were forced from their lands to make way for large-scale farming, including at gunpoint and by a sugar firm with international backing. Community members continue to be intimidated and… read more

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CCSI Submission to Bonsucro re Production Standard v5

In July 2020, CCSI made a formal submission to Bonsucro, an international multi-stakeholder initiative and certification scheme concerned with promoting sustainable sugar cane production. The submission formed part of consultations for Bonsucro’s draft Production Standard version 5. CCSI’s submission focused on challenges associated with implementing, and auditing for compliance with, three aspects of Bonsucro’s draft standard,… read more

Mateusz Ciasnocha Alumni Profile

June 15, 2020

In this profile, Mateusz Ciasnocha, Incubation Manager at AgriTech Hub VC, and a 2019 Executive Training alumnus, addresses his personal trajectory and what factors allowed him to get to where he is today, providing key advice to those interested in pursuing similar goals.

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Government Briefing: Incorporating Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) into Investment Approval Processes

Investment approval processes are the gateway through which governments set the agenda for their country’s investment environment. Yet too often these processes fail to incorporate meaningful requirements regarding participation in decision-making by Indigenous and other affected communities, increasing the risk of under-performing and conflict-ridden investments. This briefing will explain how host governments can incorporate FPIC and meaningful consultation into each stage of the investment approval process.

Land and Resource Investment Consultations in the Time of COVID-19: The Hazards of Pressing On

By Sam Szoke-Burke
May 24, 2020

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Executive Summary on Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production

This briefing note presents our research into sustainability within the coffee sector, including the results of our analytical and empirical modeling, and provides several recommendations.

Ensuring Economic Viability and Sustainability of Coffee Production

Coffee, the world’s favorite beverage, provides livelihoods for at least 60 million people across dozens of countries. Yet this beloved drink is experiencing a sustainability crisis.

Bénéwindé Rouamba Alumni Profile

In this profile, Bénéwindé Rouamba, Head of Project for Land for Life at Welthungerhilfe, and a 2019 Executive Training alumnus, addresses rural land governance policy reforms and sustainable agricultural investment to protect the food security and livelihoods of vulnerable groups in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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Legal Frameworks & Foreign Investment: A Primer on Governments’ Obligations

Legal frameworks, and how they interact, are often invisible in the day to day. Yet they are powerful forces that influence government actions and that help to shape who benefits and who loses from foreign investment. Understanding these legal frameworks, and how they interact, is critical for anyone concerned with how foreign investment can be… read more

Outcome Report on the Climate Crisis, Global Land Use and Human Rights Conference

On September 27th, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Landesa, the New York City Bar Association International Environmental Law Committee, and Wake Forest Law School hosted a day-long conference on the intersection between land use, the climate crisis and clean energy transition, and human rights. Held at… read more