Guideline | 01/2020

Seed Saving - an illustrated guide

This ancestral seed guide is part of a campaign in Ecuador that aims at tackling the demand side of the seed industry - restaurants, chefs and private households - to create a market for sustainable biodiverse seeds.

report | 01/2020

Gender and waste nexus

This Gender and Waste Assessment underlines the positive role women can play in waste management, learning from the experiences of Mongolia, Nepal and Bhutan.

Cover of the Carnauba Production Chain Good Practice Manual

Guideline | 01/2020

Carnauba Production Chain. Best Practices Manual

This guide contains the first comprehensive compilation of existing practices for social, biodiversity and quality standards in carnaúba wax production. Carnaúba wax is extracted from the leaves of a palm tree species in northeastern Brazil and is used in numerous products, including food or cosmetics, polishes, release agents, etc. The guide provides tips for improving the supply chain and is thus not only aimed at field workers and producers, but also provides information for international suppliers, traders and end customers of carnaúba wax.

Cover of the Pre-feasibility report: Restoring degraded coffee landscapes in Ethopia

Study | 01/2020

Pre-feasibility report: Restoring degraded coffee landscapes

The UNESCO biosphere reserve "Yayu Coffee Forest" is considered the place of origin of Arabica coffee. Due to low production, farmers are expanding their coffee cultivation areas into the nature reserve's conservation zone. This has led to a decline in forested areas and deterioration in soil quality. This pre-feasibility study proposes a series of activities to improve the sustainable production of coffee. The report expounds on the main actors in the Ethiopian coffee value chain, the relevant policies and laws and the current situation on the ground, among other things. It also goes on to show how to develop a scalable business model for sustainable coffee.

Cover of the brochure Climate-friendly cooling for the hotel industry in Sri Lanka

brochure | 12/2019

Climate-friendly cooling for the hotel industry in Sri Lanka

Climate change, rising prices for fossil fuels and more tourists with environmental consciousness are prompting hoteliers in tropical destinations such as Sri Lanka to find ways to maintain their businesses in a sustainable manner. The Jetwing Hotel Group installed energy-efficient and climate-friendly air conditioning systems with the help of the Green Cooling Initiative. This brochure covers the transition and sheds light on the energy-savings potential and environmental impact.

Cover of the brochure Environmentally friendly cold storage for fish – an example from Kenya

brochure | 12/2019

Environmentally friendly cold storage for fish – an example from Kenya

Fish is a staple in many regions of the world. But it spoils easily and can become unsafe. Therefore, it must be refrigerated from the time it is caught until it reaches a consumer’s stove. Otherwise, producers lose their wares and consumers face health risks. This booklet explains the challenges of stable cold chains for fish. These are represented by the example of Kenya.

Cover of the brochure Safe food and medicine with uninterrupted cold chains

brochure | 12/2019

Safe food and medicine with uninterrupted cold chains

Ever thought about how fresh food gets to your plate from its source in nature? It has to stay cool, or it will perish. In countries with warm climate this is a challenge. If it gets too warm, the food can spoil, consuming it can be dangerous, and much of it may have to be thrown away. The same is true for most medicines – especially vaccines – they have to be kept cool, or they become ineffective. This brochure sheds light on the different components of cold chains and their challenges. 

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