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Instant coffee falls from favour

By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor, Published: 7:04PM GMT 04 Mar 2010

Instant coffee was once considered the height of sophistication, but it would appear it has fallen from fashion with young consumers, who increasingly favour the filtered variety.

According to sales figures, compiled by market research company Mintel, sales… Continue

Added by Luis Ignacio Carmona on March 26, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

The story of Zameen Organic: Strengthening capacity to access global markets

Download the complete document here: systemZameen.pdf…


Added by Progreso Network on March 25, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Strong Producer Cooperatives in Developing Countries

The analyses revealed that most producer organizations encounter problems like high illiteracy of their members, inheritance of bad image from its predecessors, no trust among members, living in a monopolistic environment and corruption.

This study concluded that producer organizations should be considered effective when members either use the services a producer organization offers or if 70% - 100% of the produce produced by… Continue

Added by Progreso Network on March 25, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Living the experience

Progreso Network organized Learning Expeditions between different producer organizations. With the objective to learn and get inspired by the way other organizations reach their goals.

During 2009, producers of different parts of the world, like Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru and Uganda traveled for 4 or 5 days to…

Added by Progreso Network on January 29, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments


A so called learning expedition on the use of naturally extracted microorganisms from forest soils was organised in Tingo Maria, in the province of Huanuco, Peru. From the 19th to 21st of October 2009 celebrating the 1st International conference on use of microorganisms in preparation of organic manure. A learning expedition organised by La Cooperative Agraria Cafetalera Divisoria Ltda in collaboration with Progreso Programa and Agroambiente… Continue

Added by Kalema Andrew Joseph on December 1, 2009 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Challenges Kenya


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How to upload - kenya

Follow the next steps for uploading your proposal…

Added by Progreso Network on October 25, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

How to use the Progreso Network community

What is new in Progreso Network?

You will find the following three new sections.

With a search engine you can search for and connect with other members. Whether you are looking for a consultant in… Continue

Added by Progreso Network on October 22, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

The winners of the “Call for Experiences”

First of all we would like to thank all the producer organizations that send in their experiences on biodiversity and marketing. We truly enjoyed reading all of them!

The experiences were evaluated by the following criteria:

• Level of relevance for other producer and supporting organizations worldwide

• Level of innovative quality of the solutions that were developed in relation to the challenges.

• Level of impact of the experience on the overall performance of… Continue

Added by Progreso Network on October 8, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Unusual Business and Producer Organizations

On the 14th of September 57 experts from the public, private and academic sector gathered to explore the theme "How can producer organizations become full-fledged partners in innovative partnerships?" Progreso Network & Agri-ProFocus members Solidaridad, KIT and Agriterra were responsible for the organization of the event held in Huize Frankendael in Amsterdam.

Edith Kroese (Progresso Network) and Hedwig Bruggeman (Agri… Continue

Added by Progreso Network on October 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Lessons in systematization

It was very interesting to share some time with members and friends of the Progreso Network last week in Amsterdam, and to be able to share a bit of our work and of our results. For all of you interested in systematization (or documentation, or capitalisation), we have recently updated our website. We are focusing on the lessons learnt during a systematization process. As most of you are interested and involved in systematization processes, you surely have some particular issues to highlight.… Continue

Added by Jorge Chavez-Tafur on September 24, 2009 at 9:40am — No Comments

FairMail nominated for Dutch Card Awards!

We are very proud to let you know that FairMail has been nominated for the Dutch Card Awards: the most important prize in the Dutch greeting card industry.

FairMail made it to the last three in the category: “Most innovative card concept”. In total there where 85 entries for the Dutch Card Awards.

On the 4th of octobre of 2009 the winner will be announced during the Paper & Convenience Show. Of course FairMail hopes to become the winner, but we are… Continue

Added by FairMail Cards on September 17, 2009 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

Record Earnings for FairMail teenagers!

With the export of 100.000 new cards to the Netherlands, FairMail’s teenage photographer acheived record earnings over the past months.

In total FairMail’s 27 teenage photographers earned more then 7.500 euro’s in education money, packaging wage and health insurance. In average the teenagers in Peru earned 32% more then the local fair trade liveable wage and the Indian teenagers even 252% more the the local fair trade liveable wage! Since the beginning of FairMail a total… Continue

Added by FairMail Cards on September 17, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Sustainability & certification opportunities (vacancies, trainings, tenders, funding)

Dear all,

Please use this blog to inform all on existing opportunities like vacancies, trainings, tenders, possible sources of funding etc in the Sustainability & certification sector all over the world.

Additionally we can share contacts for donor funding, ideas on project proposal and implementation for the betterment of smallscale farmers.

For a start see the vacancies below:

1. Utz Certified

- Partnership Development Manager

- ICT… Continue

Added by Samuel Thuo Mungai on August 30, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Composting Activities In Rainfed District of Orissa,India by VISION/Chetna Organic

Composting Activities and Infrastructure for Organic Farmers in Rainfed Areas of Kalahandi District, Orissa

With the motto to enhance the socio-technical capacities of the cotton farmers & substantial increment in the fertility of soil, the steps to construct compost pit has broaden the horizon of thinking of 1284 nos of cotton farmers in two blocks of Kalahandi district under VISION's Organic Cotton Intervention Programme supported by Chetna Organic. Initially… Continue

Added by VISION, KALAHANDI,Orissa,India on August 28, 2009 at 7:20am — No Comments

Zameen Organic - fairtrade textile experience in India

Zameen Organic has launched an on line campaign to increase awareness about Fairtrade textiles.

See for Indian media coverage on Zameen

See the Zameen blog "Fields of Dreams" for updates about our pesticide campaign and how Zameen farmers and consumers persuaded Bayer Crop Science to quit Endosulfan… Continue

Added by Gijs Spoor on August 27, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The true cost of 'sustainable" certification

Many producer organizations have been encouraged to go into the ever increasing number of certification programs. A feature of small holder organizations becoming compliant to develop an internal control system which internally verifies that the producers and other actors follow th standards set by a body like the Rainforest Alliance, Utz certified, organic standards setters etc.

The costs involved in setting up and running an ICS can be high.

Does your organization run one?

What… Continue

Added by Bernie Hewett on June 25, 2009 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

Gender in value chains or how to improve women's position and role within producer organisations?

best practices for progreso network.doc

Dear all,

How to improve the position and role of women in economic value chains is a question I and many others are working on/with. Within the gender in value chains trajectory of AgriProFocus, a group of… Continue

Added by Gudule Boland on May 29, 2009 at 3:10pm — No Comments


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Added by Giancarlo Ghiretti - Virmax on May 19, 2009 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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