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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The podcast is produced through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) by the Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Organic, fair, sustainable: the choice of products labelled in this way is growing all the time. And yet there are still big differences. As consumers, we need to be informed on the one hand, but we also need to be able to rely on a green label on the other. On top of that, supermarkets advertise their commitment to sustainability and often have it in their hands how we eat. Hyewon Seo is a consultant at the Federal Environment Agency and keeps a close eye on discounters, organic offerings and our behaviour. Hyewon calls Lidl, Aldi and Co. "gatekeepers". Lara and Thilo take a look with her at the supermarket shelves and the sustainability reports.
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On Instagram, Facebook or TikTok, we are inundated with things that are supposed to make our lives better. Influencers are now a dime a dozen. But some also use their reach to push the issue of sustainability. Lara and Thilo asked Louisa Dellert how the influencer business fits in with consumer criticism. The 31-year-old describes herself as a bridge builder and sees it as the duty of companies in particular to clearly indicate their position on sustainability. Louisa says: "It's not the consumer's job to find out about the origin of products in the supermarket.
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Lara and Thilo devote themselves to sweet temptation in this episode. As a big fan of chocolate, Lara has noticed a new product on the shelves. Very Fair Chocolate has been on the market for a short time. The main aim of cocoa production in Ghana is to guarantee living wages for the workers. Martin Kuntze-Fechner is on site for GIZ and explains what is involved. Together with partners such as Fairtrade or Rewe, he is also working there against child labour and exploitation. For the Rewe Group, Julia Renner reports on the successful start of this pilot project and hopes for plenty of imitators.
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More than 8 years have passed since the collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh. At that time, 1135 people died in the disaster, partly because profit was more important than occupational health and safety. With a law for "corporate due diligence in supply chains", Germany now wants to hold companies accountable to be more careful about human rights and environmental standards. A years-long struggle for a "supply chain law" has thus come to an end in June 2021. But what does this mean for consumers and companies?
With political scientist David Weihrauch, Lara and Thilo analyse the delicate details of the law and look back at how it came about.
The Bundesliga season is over, the European Football Championship is just around the corner. It's time to turn our attention to the business of football and take a critical look at its commitment to more sustainability. Whether in the procurement of balls, the jerseys or the fan articles, Jörn Kleinschmidt of FC PlayFair! demands more ecological commitment from the clubs. But some things are already going quite well at VFL Wolfsburg. Sustainability manager Nico Briskorn can report on vegan stadium sausage, e-cars and recycled jerseys. Lara and Thilo dribble their way through the topic of sustainability in professional football. You can also find more information on Instagram: @ichwillfair.
Lara and Thilo crack even the toughest nut. In this episode, Amos Bucher, managing director of Fairfood Freiburg, focuses on cashews. The nut, which is not a nut at all, is totally hyped at the moment. Our guest Amos explains why it is especially important to pay attention to fair trade when it comes to cashews and how a friendship turned into a sustainable business model. The Freiburg native also sees a lot of potential in the connection between agriculture and technology. Soon, the entire supply chain could be transparent for all of us. Off to the sofa with curiosity and student food, but fair, please.
Uwe Kekeritz has been campaigning for a fairer world since he was a student. The development policy spokesman for the Green Party believes we all have a responsibility in this. In conversation with Lara and Thilo, the 67-year-old talks about his time in Cameroon, criticizes the planned supply chain law as "not ambitious enough" and explains supposed contradictions in German and European development and trade policy. With an eye on the Corona pandemic, the native Swabian hopes that "ponderous" Germany will not miss the opportunity for a social-ecological transformation.
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The documentary Seaspiracy makes our oceans heard. With drastic images and emotional words, the film warns against the sell-out of our oceans and an irretrievable destruction of the marine ecosystem. In this special episode, Julius Palm from food producer followfood explains how "sustainable" fishing can succeed and takes a critical look at consumption, purchasing and fishing methods. Philipp Kanstinger, marine biologist at WWF, calls for more protected areas and an outcry in society. Both agree that even if some of the statements in the film are not scientifically correct, it still is important.
We know how important forests are for our lives: as a CO2 and water reservoir, living and recreational space, and as a sustainable supplier of raw materials. And yet huge areas of forest around the world are falling victim to ever-increasing agriculture. Above all, soy cultivation as feed for animals whose meat ends up on our plates is endangering the "green lungs" of the earth. Katja Albrecht and Franziska Rau are responsible for deforestation-free supply chains at GIZ and can name many more examples of deforestation. However, a growing awareness of the forest as a climate protector gives them some hope.
Orange juice is often an integral part of the breakfast table in Germany. What many people don't know, however, is that the oranges used to make it are often grown under difficult social and ecological conditions. Today, in times of global flows of goods, the focus is therefore increasingly on social responsibility, says Sebastian Koeppel, Managing Director of Beckers Bester. A wake-up call a few years ago prompted a closer look at supply chains, he says. Since then, "the purpose of the company" has changed, says the fruit juice sommelier. Among other things, he is involved as chairman of the Partnership for Sustainable Orange Juice (PANAO).
The textile manufacturer Fond Of combines many well-known brands under one roof, including Satch, Affenzahn and Funktion Schnitt. As different as these brands are, what they have in common is the claim to produce as sustainably as possible.
In our podcast, Hannes Weber and Julian Conrads tell us how the company manages to meet the strict requirements of sustainability standards without losing ground in the fast-moving and competitive fashion market.
Phyne wants to make fair fashion for the masses and is taking innovative approaches to do so. In this interview with Andri Stocker, founder and CEO of Phyne, you can find out what the natural fiber Tencel is all about, why beverage cans and sustainable fashion are fairly similar, and what Phyne is doing on TikTok.
Anyone who wants to make their closet sustainable is faced with a choice: Sustainability label? Second-hand? Or rather clothes made from recycled materials?
In this first part of our series on sustainable textiles, we have Marisa Becker from the podcast "Fairquatscht" and Anosha Wahidi from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as guests. The two show us different perspectives on the government label for sustainable textiles "Grüner Knopf" and also talk about their very own consumption.
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.