From field to shelf
The podcast for sustainable agricultural supply chains
Have you ever wondered what role digitization plays in global supply chains? What does your cup of coffee have to do with Blockchain? Or are you dealing with gender inequality in the cocoa harvest? Do you know what impact populism has on sustainable development?
This and other varied questions of development cooperation are the subject of the first German-language podcast for sustainable agricultural supply chains.
With experts, we talk about strategies and backgrounds, highlight different perspectives of development cooperation and provide practical insights into projects around the world.
Some episodes are only available in German. The language is indicated with the episodes.
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Above all, strong and bitter...that's probably how you would describe the typical office or university coffee. Ten years ago, Martin Elwert and his two co-founders of Coffeecircle set themselves the goal of standing out from the mass market by producing high-quality coffees. This also benefits the farmers, because they get more money for their coffee. In this episode, Martin tells us how this works and of course...how it tastes.
In this episode, we talk to Hanna Brüning from Lemonaid about what lemonades actually have to do with sustainability. The Hamburg-based company supports fair trade and development cooperation projects with every bottle sold.
It takes a lot of courage to give up your voluntary work as a journalist and emigrate to Nicaragua out of interest in fair trade...
The German EU Council Presidency is coming to an end. In our new podcast episode, Christoph Bals from Germanwatch e.V. explains what will happen next and what role sustainability will play.
The cosmetics brand LUSH is a household name to many. Seals of sustaunabilty are absent from the packaging, because they go their own way....
More than 20 years ago, Klaus Töpfer, as Federal Minister for the Environment, already addressed global challenges such as climate change. But what has changed since then and what can we do to ensure a more sustainable future?
In this episode we accompany Benedikt Bösel to his farm in Brandenburg. It stands as an example of an agriculture that aims to work in harmony with nature.
Benedikt tells us about his career, his motivation to go different ways and that this model does not only work here in Germany.
In the last two episodes we have been talking about the platform Leverist.de as well as the Import Promotion Desk. For the third and last part of our series we invited Ele Gower from Greenpath Food and Mustafe Kastrati from GIZ Kosovo. Both of them tell us about how cooperation can work in a concrete way.
This is part 3/3 of our series on the cooperation between the private sector and development cooperation.
In the second part of our three-part series we talk to Dr. Julia Hoffmann, the head of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). The IPD works at the interface between development cooperation and foreign trade. Want to know how that works? Have a listen!
This episode is part 2/3 of the series on cooperation between business and development cooperation.
With Andrea Donath from the digital matchmaking platform Leverist.de, we talk about the opportunities that cooperation with companies offers for sustainable development. She also tells us which path led her to development cooperation and why she is so enthusiastic about her profession.
More information also on leverist.de
This years Fair Trade Week will take place from 11 to 25 September. To find out more about it, we have invited Julia Lesmeister for this episode. She works as a project manager for the Fair Trade Week at the Forum Fairer Handel. We talk to Julia about the idea behind the Fair Trade Week and she gives us a brief insight into what to expect of the more than 1.000 actions and events in the coming weeks.
"If you want to become an Internet billionaire, move to Africa" – Reading this sentence in an article was the starting point for Harnet Bokrezion to support businesses in Africa. As the founder of Africa Business Jumpstart, she gives business advice to young entrepreneurs.
In our podcast she talks about the opportunities the continent holds for them and the role agriculture play in that.
Prof. Dr. Rhyner is the scientific director of the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB) and deals daily with the latest findings on the topic of sustainability. In this episode, we will discuss, among other things, the main areas of research at the ICB, renewable resources and sustainability in global value chains. We also venture a look at future challenges and developments in the field of sustainability.
We have to thank her for the fair trade coffee in the Deutsche Bahn: Melanie Weigel. In this episodes she talks about her activities in the field of sustainability, corporate responsibility and the supply chain law.
Constructive Capitalism and Regenerative Agriculture? In this episode Anke Buhl and Gero Niggemeier of the natural cosmetics company Dr. Bronner's Germany explain how this relates to the company's vision of sustainability. We also talk about the Supply Chain Act and the importance of sustainable supplier relationships in times of the corona crisis.
In this episode Joel Brounen from Solidaridad gives us an insight into the INCAS project in Colombia and explains how digital solutions can help to achieve greater transparency and sustainability. Moreover he describes the impact of Covid-19 in Colombia.
This episode is about the Germans' favorite pick-me-up: Coffee. We take a critical look at the topic and talk to Friedel Hütz-Adams about the situation in the coffee-growing countries, falling coffee prices and corporate responsibility.
Sustainability is a multifaceted term that we encounter every day. And sustainability itself is experiencing a social upswing, especially against the background of the Fridays for Future movement. How can it be dealt with on a political level and which topics play a role in this? Dr. Marc-Oliver Pahl, Secretary General at the Council for Sustainable Development explains how this is possible. For more information, visit the website of the Council for Sustainable Development: https://www.nachhaltigkeitsrat.de/
In this episode, Prof. Dr. David Stadelmann (University of Bayreuth) presents his theories on the effects of the corona crisis on the economy and society in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also gives us an insight into his ideas for an exit strategy. Might this be a solution to the crisis on the African continent?
Find the paper we talk about in this episode here.
In this episode we give you an insight into how the issue of sustainable rural development is discussed at European level. We also look at the impact of the corona crisis on development cooperation. We discuss these topics with Marc Nolting, group leader of the group "Basics of rural future and nutrition" for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Once again, we are going to Colombia: We will take a closer look at the INCAS project, which aims at making entire regions sustainable. Project coordinator Gustavo Wachtel explains how this is possible and which partners are needed for it.
Note: Due to the current situation, the event Gustavo is talking about in this episode will be postponed.
What is the Ministry of Development doing about climate change? How are sustainability challenges discussed? And what is the implementation like?
Gunther Beger gives us an exclusive insight into the work of the Federal Development Ministry. He is head of department for “fundamental questions; Economy; Trade; rural development ”. Together with partners from the production countries, this department implements concrete development cooperation solutions.
In this episode we are visiting INKOTA, a civil society organization that works for a fairer world and is also part of the Initiative Lieferkettengesetz. In an interview with Johannes Schorling, who is the consultant for business and human rights at INKOTA, we clarify what the initiative is about and how the discussion about a supply chain law came about.
Here you can find more information about the Supply Chain Act: www.inkota.de/lieferkettengesetz
With Koko Warner from the UN Climate Change Secretariat. We will discuss how challenges such as climate change or food security will change the way we live in the future and how we ourselves can take action to contribute to sustainable development.
Find out more about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) here.
The climate report and other reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change can be found here.
In this episode we talk about Populism and its consequences for and effect on sustainable Development. In order to do that, we have invited Dr. Aline Burni, Dr. Paul Marschall and Maximilian Högl from the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).
Download the paper we mentioned in the podcast here.
With our expert Friederike Martin from the "Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains and Standards" program, we talk about living wages and thus conclude our series on prices.
Here you can find out about the activities of the Living Income Community of Practice. There you can find further resources like studies and webinars.The episode is only available in German.
In our latest episode we have Wendy Arenas from Colombia as our guest, who gives us an insight into the work of the Cocoa Forests & Peace Initiative. We talk about the current political situation as well as the opportunities and challenges that the cocoa sector in Colombia offers. This episode is in English language.
In this episode we talk to Claudia Brück of Trans Fair. Among other things, it addresses the causes and consequences of low commodity prices, the vision of fair trade and the responsibility of consumers.
Today we are at the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) in Duisburg and talk with Dr. Christian Scheper about the responsibility of different players along global supply chains in the context of low commodity prices, low incomes and wages.
On the website of the INEF you can find out about the research projects of the institute. Many results and studies are also available for download there.
In the third episode, we are guests at the Blockchain Lab and talk about the application examples and future trends of blockchain technology.
This time, we'll give you a brief look at two studies that looked at digitization, especially with respect to gender equality.
Lars Kahnert (GIZ) reports on digital solutions, the jungle of apps and concrete application possibilities.
You can find out more about the project in Ethiopia mentioned here.