Commodities

RSPO aims to empower smallholders as part of RT15

RSPO focuses on smallholders in support of sustainable palm oil

By Katy Askew

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and United Nations Environment Project have joined forces to help promote sustainable practices among smallholders producing palm oil as the environmental group sharpens its focus on smallholder farmers.

Why are adoption rates for sustainability training so low? Scientists weigh in. ©GettyImages/RomoloTavani

Scientists weigh in

Modern times: What’s holding back tech advances in cocoa?

By Oliver Nieburg

Chocolate companies should rethink cocoa sustainability programs to reverse low adoption rates for training and technology, says The Scientific Committee of the International Symposium on Cocoa Research.

Women cocoa farmers lack equal land right access, but could significantly boost yields, improve child nutrition and help reverse global warming, says Solidaridad. Photo: Keke Keukelaar.

‘Clear business case’ to invest in women in cocoa: WINCC

'A long way to go' to equality for women cocoa farmers

By Oliver Nieburg

Female cocoa farmers are key to accelerating cocoa sustainability, but lack the access to finance and land rights that men have, says a new network for women in the cocoa supply chain, which includes Hershey's CEO.