Sustainability is not a zero sum game

Sustainability is not a zero sum game

I get really hung up on the word sustainable.  It’s like George Bernard Shaw’s description of the U.S. and Britain as “two countries divided by a common language.”

There’s no disagreement about goals… the SDG’s lay them out nicely: zero hunger, reduced inequality, rising living standards … nothing to argue about there.

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Our Finest Hour? Agriculture and Leadership

My 11 year old son Gus is fascinated with the Second World War and so was thrilled recently when his Mum took him to London where he visited the Churchill Museum. I too was thrilled because he brought me back a book of Churchill quotes, which has made for fascinating reading over the last week or so. It really got me thinking about leadership at a time when the global agriculture industry is going through so much change, because the success or otherwise of how we fare as an industry will come down to leadership: plain and simple.

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Listen twice as much as you speak: emotional intelligence and stakeholder engagement

“…While the impulse may be to say that this is unfair, one of the lessons I’ve learned over time is that change comes from self-reflection. So it’s worth examining how we got here. The truth is that there is a high cost to a bad reputation. Irrespective of whether we did everything that is being said about us … it really matters what people think of us, especially in a global business like ours, where actions in one part of the world can have serious consequences in another…”

It’s rare one sees such #emotionalintelligence from a CEO, let alone one who has been in the job just a few weeks, but this came from newly installed Uber CEO  Dara Khosrowshahi after just a couple of weeks in the job. It came in an email to employees after the announcement that the City of London would not be renewing Uber’s operating license.

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Down Down Down: Food Security Robustness declining across Asia in 2016

– The latest Rice Bowl Index report indicates a decline in food security robustness across Asia, a first since 2012
– Empowering smallholders are key in helping the region achieve a robust food security position
– Long term outlook remains positive but success will require collective action across the food value chain

Last week fifth edition of the Rice Bowl Index (RBI) report was issued. Highlighting changes in the food security landscape in Asia Pacific over the last twelve months, the RBI has seen a decline in food security robustness scores across the region – a stark contrast to the improvement observed in RBI results during 2014 and 2015.

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Agriculture and ASEAN Economies: Still Key for Growth

Despite its declining contribution to the GDP of ASEAN economies, agriculture remains a major source of employment for rural populations and provides much value add for agrifood industries. The ASEAN region needs to tap more public-private synergies so that agriculture’s contribution to economic growth is fully utilized. Continue reading Agriculture and ASEAN Economies: Still Key for Growth