Go and Do. (And What to Read in January 2010)
As the ball dropped on January 1st the usual celebratory activities were of course taking place. Sometime around midnight, 2010 entered with a certain, shall we say, changing of the wind. 2009 was over and it was time to get moving. While 2009 was hallmarked by a theme of change, 2010 arrived without much fanfare and glitz, only a solemn nod to gear up and go forth. This year, 2010, is the year to deliver. Not to wait for governments or leaders or institutions to guide, but to go and to do.
With Climate Change biting at our heels and resources dwindling, we’re seeing a frenzied chaos of activity towards creating solutions with traditional and non-traditional partners. A world of people working towards creating and incentivizing a food system that utilizes the poor as valuable contributors and offers a more sustainable solution towards greater global food security. Chalk it up to climate change, the business case for pro-poor development, the promise of emerging markets, the ability to create market-based solutions to poverty, and the like; rethinking our connection to food and agriculture means a global overhaul of production practices and agricultural investment.
Not wanting to be left out of the “what to read” craze kicking off the new year on every blog, we’ve created a go-to reading list for interesting trends to get the wheels turning.
Social Impact Investing for Agriculture:
This will continue to be a top theme this year and we’ll be delving into various aspects of it here at our blog.
“Investing for Social and Environmental Impact” – Monitor Institute, 2009. This is a key document in the ever-evolving industry of impact investing. Emerging frameworks are taking shape and investors are clamoring for increased transparency and disclosure (in 2007, 2008, and again in 2009), in order to make investments that have both profits and environmental and social ethics at the core.
“Climate Change From The Investor’s Perspective” by Adam Seitchik. (I read this while thinking about motivations for investors to invest in sustainable agriculture enterprises, I believe the concepts and arguments made for climate change and investment choices apply directly).
Linking Farmers to Markets and Creating Pro-Poor Value Chains
“Benchmarking Corporate Policies on Labor and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains”, 2009 – This certainly does deserve some commentary in a separate posting, however, it certainly belongs on a must read list for those of us interested in the connection between sustainable business growth, pro-poor inclusion, and the industries that are leading- or falling behind- in these endeavors.
New Business Models and Social Enterprise:
Around our office we have been captivated by this new, simple way to model construct ideas about business plans and missions via the Business Alchemist.
Grace Augustine did a wrap up (albeit in 2008) of some of the best writings discussing the business case (for and against) the market at the Base of the Economic Pyramid (BOP). It’s remains a great go-to source for where to start on this rapidly expanding business perspective.
Thumbs up, fingers crossed, and thinking caps on. Happy 2010.