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Since a group of academics abandoned the University of Oxford over 800 years ago to set up a new university on the banks of the river Cam, the University of Cambridge has been famous for its independent thinking. This independent thinking has won them over 100 Nobel Prizes. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the University of Cambridge is also leading the way with its Sustainable Food Policy. The policy, launched in 2017, specifically aims to reduce the impact the University’s catering has on the environment and promote more sustainable production and consumption. This means you’ll struggle to...

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When you think about what defines the values of a company, packaging is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, the material you wrap, shrink, box or bag your product in says more about your values as a company than that fancy logo, pithy vision or amount spent on sustainability consultants. Just ask Walkers, who were forced last week to launch a scheme to recycle its crisp packets after months of #PacketInWalkers protests and a petition signed by over 300,000 people, found out. If any one moment defines the shift in public opinion against packaging waste, it...

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On 25th October 2018, Sahle-Work-Zewde was elected Ethiopia's first female president. Her appointment came the week after the Prime Minister's appointment of 10 female ministers, making Ethiopia the 3rd country in Africa, after Rwanda and Seychelles, to achieve gender parity in its cabinet.  Following the appointment, Prime Minister Abiy’s chief of staff, said on Twitter. “In a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the standard for the future but also normalizes women as decision-makers in public life.” So just what does this appointment mean for Ethiopia as a country, and in particular for its...

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Africa, Agritech, farmers, food with a story, Kenya, smallholders, social entreprise -

Smallholder farmers make up a whopping 70% of the population in Africa, and the continent is home to half the world’s unused fertile land. Africa therefore has huge potential in its agriculture sector and many consider the continent to be the future breadbasket to the world. However, to date poor infrastructure, limited markets, weak governance, and civil wars have hampered the continent and so its potential has never been realised. With the world’s population set to rise to 9 billion by 2050, there are fears that a global food crisis awaits us. As such, Africa’s agricultural potential is firmly in the spotlight. Organisations committed to...

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We set up Storimarket to offer customers an alternative to anonymous, unsustainable and unethical food. Instead, we wanted to work with producers and farmers who were putting people and the planet before profit. With a European-African team, aware of the African continent’s huge agricultural potential, it was natural we focused on Africa. However, we are also aware that the continent will only benefit if it is realised in an environmentally- and community-friendly way. That’s why we only work with farmers and producers who are doing things in a way that is good for the environment, good for communities and good...

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