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Babban Gona’s Agri-Franchising Model: Scaling up Challenges

Abstract Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, is home to millions of smallholder farmers who, due to low economies of scale, have some of the lowest yields in the world, making subsistence farming unsustainable for them. This has led to large-scale unemployment, especially among the youth. Poverty, unemployment, and a rapidly growing population have made Nigeria a breeding ground for extrem ... »

Dharani: Nurturing the earth, fostering farmers’ livelihoods


Timbaktu Collective is a non-profit organization in southern India, working for the sustainable development of rural communities with an emphasis on ecological principles and social harmony. One of the core areas of its work is with small farmers in the region who remained marginalized in a fiercely competitive market dominated by large players. Inspired by its success with organic far ... »

IFC Funding of Dinant Project: Call for Overhaul of Risk Assessment for Sustainable Finance


The case study is based on a dilemma faced by IFC, one of the financing arms of the World Bank Group, on whether it should release its next round of funding to Corporación Dinant (Dinant), a Hondurus-based vertically-integrated palm oil and food company, to enable it to develop young palm oil plantations. IFC, which proposed to invest US$30million of the total estimated project cost o ... »

KTDAL – Building Sustainability through Inclusion



Kenya Tea Development Agency Limited (KTDAL) follows a unique model under which small tea farmers are shareholders. By the end of 2013, it had around 560,000 such shareholders. The farmers not only get money for the tea leaves they produce but also receive a share in the profits, which means they receive a higher price per kg of tea leaves than tea farmers anywhere else in th ... »

Guayakí: Securing Supplies, Strengthening the Mission



The case reviews the rise of Guayakí, a company that sells energy drinks produced with leaves from Yerba Mate trees, and a significant decision it now faces.  Guayakí’s drinks offer a natural alternative in the energy drink industry, which is dominated by large players selling products mainly made from water and chemicals.  The company started very small, had several ... »

Exploring Complexities of Food Security at the oikos Winter School 2016

On Monday February 22nd, the Winter School team 2016 welcomed 16 participants from various countries to the Winter School on „How to feed the world?“. This first day was almost entirely dedicated to knowing each other and understanding why the topic of food security is so important to any country in the world. After many games and seeing a video that introduces the general idea of the topic, p ... »

Tout beaux tout bios!

Wieso sollte „besitzen“ plötzlich nicht mehr interessant sein? Was steckt hinter dem neuen Trend des „sharing“? Diesen und vielen weiteren Fragen wurde bei unserem Sharing Economy Workshop näher auf den Grund gegangen. Mit Markus Heingärtner, dem Gründer der Plattform, und Richard Hübner, Geschäftsführer der promitto Organisationsberatung, wurde der Workshop ideal geleit ... »

oikos Talk

Am 26. Januar haben wir wieder ein tolles oikos Event. Dieses Mal einen Talk!


Zu Gast: Marc Buckley von ANJA GmbH & Co. KG


Wann? 26.01.2016, 19 Uhr

Wo? Uni Hamburg, Raum folgt auf Facebook

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Uniting Forces at the 11th COY in Paris

On November 26th, 2015, 14 oikos members entered the Hall 8 of the Parc des Expositions of Paris. Coming from Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria and the UK, they were greeted by a vibrant crowd of 4000 other young people from more than 180 countries.


One of the first workshops of the entire COY was hosted by two members from oikos Cologne on the Oslo Principles. oikos members then ... »

oikos goes: fairgoods - Messe für nachhaltigen Lebensstil

Die Messe für nachhaltigen Lebensstil findet zum ersten mal in der Kölner XPost statt. Parallel dazu läuft auch die Veggienale - Messe für vegan-vegetarische Lebenskultur am selben Ort. Der AK Social Entrepreneurship wird an einer Podiumsdiskussion teilnehmen.

Außerdem erwarten wir Besuch von oikos Paderborn. Wer mitkommen will, schreibt uns einfach an! ... »

oikos Meeting, 02.11.2015

Would you like to taste sustainability? If yes, you are more than welcome at the next oikos Warsaw meeting! We will enjoy discussions about sustainable food and sustainable food itselt. We are meeting on Monday, November 2, at 7 p.m. at Strych na Wróble.

More information: HERE

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Saatgut ist die Grundlage unserer Ernährung und damit auch für den Fortbestand unserer Gesellschaften. Wenn wir uns zukünftig trotz Klimawandel und Peak Everything gut und selbstbestimmt ernähren können wollen, brauchen wir eine große Vielfalt samenfester Kulturpflanzensorten, die wir an die sich verändernden Umweltbedingungen anpassen können.


Um dazu einen Beitrag z ... »

Food(Re)Cycle - CEE Meeting 2014





The third annual oikos Meeting for Central and Eastern Europe stirred up a discussion about the world’s current food systems. Set in Prague, the beautiful and ancient capital of the Czech Republic, the CEE Meeting 2014 was called "Food(Re)Cycle." The meeting gathered oikees across Europe and Asia to debate challenges of food production as well as consumpti ... »

MokshaYug Access (MYA) in India: Enriching India’s Dairy Farmers



After gaining sound work knowledge abroad, Harsha Moily (Harsha), returned to India with a clear vision to build an organisation focused on creating income-generating opportunities for rural people. In 2006, he established MokshaYug Access (MYA), a limited company based in Karnataka, India with a seed capital of $2 million. Being a rural supply chain solutions company, MYA wa ... »