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Agruppa (formerly: SokoText)
About:
"Agruppa leverages mobile phone technology to empower small food vendors in low income neighborhoods by providing them with fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices."

Received support by Hult Prize (world's largest student competition for social good) and Clinton Initiative. Pitch video:
https://vimeo.com/75828943

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Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Mobile  food  foodsystems  Logistics  Africa  southamerica  Fruit_Vegetable_Trade  wholesale  Technology  SocialEntrepreneur 
3 days ago by eocas
The Nature Conservancy - TNC
About:
"Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has worked to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.
[...]
From our historic work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives."

Charitable environmental organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Active in 72 countries. Chinese branch 大自然保护协会 (dà zìrán bǎohù xiéhuì), office in Beijing (DNC compound at No. 9 Jianwai Dajie) with local website (http://tnc.org.cn).

Closely affiliated with Alibaba / Jack Ma, they jointly run the China Global Conservation Fund (CGCF) which focuses on addressing global environmental challenges beyond China’s borders. Between 2011 - 2018 funded 21 projects, around US$ 17 million. Primarily financed by The Nature Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees which are: Karen Lo (HK fashion business), Pony Ma Huateng (Tencent), Niu Gensheng (Mengniu Dairy), Ou Yaping (ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance & Shanghai Rockbund Museum), Wu Ying (China Capital Group), Zeng Fanzhi (artist), Zhu Baoguo (pharmaceutical company Joincare Group), Zhao Zhijun (real estate mogul).

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Africa  China  development  Environment  Fundraising  Investor_Relations  water  Water_Pollution  Water_Resources  Biodiversity  Social  environmentalism  Policy  Beijing  Sustainability 
3 days ago by eocas
Kiva
About:
"Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. We celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.

100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors."

Offices in also in Bangkok, Nairobi and Portland.

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Agrachina  NGO_NPO  USA  Finance  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Business  Venture_Capital 
14 days ago by eocas
Collective Responsibility
About:
"Collective Responsibility is a strategic advisory firm founded by Richard Brubaker, one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation and responsible leadership.

Founded with the fundamental belief that that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst and facilitator between stakeholders.

We at Collective view sustainability as a holistic process of action and a change in vision among corporations, from the new entrant workers to the founders and visionaries of the company. Change for a more efficient and productive planet starts with the private sector, and we’re here to help our clients move towards that future through consulting, research, training, and engaging their stakeholders.

Our mission is to:

- Create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia.
- Develop tangible interests, engagement and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal).
- Build bridges between local and foreign resources to ensure knowledge transfer, program scalability and growth.
- Develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises."

Based in Shanghai, China.

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Agrachina  Strategy  Shanghai  China  Consultancy  Innovation  Sustainability  changemanagement  Research  Training  Stakeholder_Management  civilsociety  environmentalism  SocialEntrepreneur 
14 days ago by eocas
INBAR - International Network for Bamboo and Rattan
About:
"Intergovernmental organisation of 44 Member States, which promotes the use of bamboo and rattan for environmentally sustainable development and green growth."

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Agrachina  bamboo  Forestry  Environment  sustainable  development  green_promotion  NGO_NPO 
18 days ago by eocas
gr3n recycling
About:
"gr3n invented a new process which allows for the first time to recycle PET bottles/food containers chemically in a profitable way.

gr3n developed an innovative process, based on a new application of microwave technology to a well known chemical reaction which provides for the first time with an economically efficient chemical recycling process of PET (Polyethylene Terephtalate) and allows an industrial implementation of this recycling method. This new process can potentially change how PET is recycled worldwide with a huge financial benefit for the recycling industry."

Founded in Ticino / Switzerland.

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Agrachina  Recycling  Switzerland  material  packaging  Industry  Innovation 
18 days ago by eocas
Collective Responsibility - Asia's Leading Sustainability Strategy Firm
About:
"Based in Shanghai, Collective Responsibility is a strategic advisory firm founded by Richard Brubaker, one of Asia’s most recognized authorities on sustainability, innovation and responsible leadership.

Founded with the fundamental belief that that a sustainable world can only be achieved through awareness of issues, finding tangibility in business cases, and development of cross-sector collaboration, Collective Responsibility acts as a knowledge base, catalyst and facilitator between stakeholders.

We at Collective view sustainability as a holistic process of action and a change in vision among corporations, from the new entrant workers to the founders and visionaries of the company. Change for a more efficient and productive planet starts with the private sector, and we’re here to help our clients move towards that future through consulting, research, training, and engaging their stakeholders.

Our mission is to:

Create a knowledge base and catalyze discussion of issues related to the development of civil society, business sustainability and social development in Asia.

Develop tangible interests, engagement and action on issues of sustainability (economic, environmental and societal).

Build bridges between local and foreign resources to ensure knowledge transfer, program scalability and growth.

Develop organizational capacity with the aim to help create stable and profitable enterprises."

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Agrachina  agency  Shanghai  China  Sustainability  sustainablecompany  entrepreneurship  Collective  CSR_Corporate-Social-Responsibility  environmentalism  civilsociety  Business_Advisory_relevant  Education  Innovation  sustainable  development  Social 
18 days ago by eocas
P2PU - Peer learning community for developing and running free online courses
About:
"P2PU is a grassroots network of individuals who seek to create an equitable, empowering, and liberating alternative to mainstream higher education.

We work towards this vision by creating and sustaining learning communities in public spaces around the world. As librarians and community organizers, we bring neighborhoods together to learn with one another. As educators, we train facilitators to organize their own networks and we develop/curate open educational resources. As developers and designers, we build open source software tools that support flourishing learning communities. And as learners, we work together to improve upon and disseminate methods and practices for peer learning to flourish.

P2PU is a distributed organization, incorporated as a 501(c)3 in the United States. Our network stretches the globe, with our heaviest concentration of work currently happening in Canada, Kenya, South Africa, and the United States.
[...]
governance guidelines and policies on Github."

Closely affiliated with Creative Commons. Similar to other MOOC providers such as edX.

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Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Fashionmeetsorganic  Lifesnippets  Education  Training  USA  opensource  Culture  community  Governance 
27 days ago by eocas
IDDRI
About:
"IDDRI is an independent policy research institute and a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform that identifies the conditions and proposes tools to put sustainable development at the heart of international relations and public and private policies."

One of their studies (in French):
An agro-ecological Europe: multifunctional agriculture for a healthy food system
https://www.iddri.org/en/publications-and-events/blog-post/agro-ecological-europe-2050-credible-scenario-avenue-explore

Based in Paris / France.

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Agrachina  Policy  Sustainability  sustainable  development  Research  Research_Institutes  Platform  France  europe  Food_Security  Agroecology 
29 days ago by eocas
Sustainability Pathways: Sustainability assessments (SAFA)
About:
"Developing and implementing an integrated approach to analyzing different sustainability dimensions as a coherent whole and integrating them in development or business strategies remains a major challenge.

With a view to offer a fair playing field, FAO built on existing efforts and developed a universal framework for Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems (SAFA). SAFA has been presented to FAO member countries in 2013; including the SAFA Guidelines, Indicators and Tool and App."

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Agrachina  Sustainability  Declaration  Transparency  semanticweb  Comparison  Standardization  certification  NGO_NPO  Label  Framework 
29 days ago by eocas
SMART (by Sustainable Food Systems GmbH)
About (from FIBL):
"The term "sustainability" is used inflationary and inconsistently. Hundreds of sustainability frameworks have been developed and more and more companies have "sustainable" products on offer. For consumers and buyers it is very difficult to tell whether a farm or a company are actually operating sustainably or not. In addition, farmers and companies in the agricultural and food sector face the question how to assess their sustainability performance in a comparable way and to communicate it in a credible way, without pursuing green-washing.

Therefore the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL has chosen to develop SMART – Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine – a method that allows farms and companies in the food sector to assess their sustainability in a credible, transparent and comparable manner. SMART is the world’s first tool, which is fully consistent with the SAFA-Guidelines (UN FAO Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems) and provides an efficient manner to apply them in practice.

However, SMART is not a new standard, certification system or label but solely an analysis and assessment instrument. It therefore does not compete with existing standards and certificates, but is a useful supplement.

In order to provide SMART sustainability assessment services FiBL founded the spin-off Sustainable Food Systems GmbH (SFS) which now is the owner of the lincense rights and rights of use of SMART. The SFS is owned by FiBL Switzerland, Germany and Austria."

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Agrachina  Standardization  Sustainability  semanticweb  Framework  Declaration  Comparison  Research  sustainablecompany  NGO_NPO  certification  Switzerland  Germany  austria  Organic  Organic_Certification  Organic_Agriculture  Organic_Education  Transparency  Label 
29 days ago by eocas
Open Apparel Registry (OAR)
About:
"The mission of the Open Apparel Registry is to maintain an open-source, neutral and publicly accessible database of every facility in the global apparel and footwear sector, for the purposes of enabling industry collaboration and improved identification of factories. This improved identification will be facilitated by the unique OAR ID allocated to each facility."

The OAR was developed by supply chain transparency platform Sourcemap, and funded by the C&A Foundation, sourcing data from organisations like the Fair Factories Clearinghouse and dozens of brands such as Gap and Nike. Dr Leonardo Bonanni Founder and CEO of Sourcemap Inc., noted: “the OAR’s aim is to provide a reference and to streamline supply chain mapping. We hope it serves as a reference for not only brands and NGOs, but for researchers and start-ups aiming to inform the public about the performance of various apparel brands and their products.”

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Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Directory_Database  Manufacturing  Database  Apparel  Shoes  Industry  NGO_NPO  Research  Fair_Trade  SupplyChain  Sourcing 
4 weeks ago by eocas
Grace Foundation
Mission:
"The Grace Foundation raises funds and engages people with resources (money, knowledge, influence) to invest in a system change. [...] We further the creation of Terra Nova by supporting a network of comprehensive cultural models which we call healing biotopes. These centers aim to be self-sufficient thus laying the base for an alternative economy, decentralized and free from the conventional mechanisms of interest, debt and exploitation. This alternative economy is key to humanizing money. We support the implementation of this network by funding education and knowledge-sharing."

About:
"Established in 2007 by Sabine Lichtenfels and Rainer Ehrenpreis (Schweibenalp). The original inspiration to create a conduit for diverting money into large-scale peace work came to Sabine Lichtenfels and Benjamin von Mendelssohn during a pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The strategy of building models for bringing about system change is based upon a political theory developed by Dr. Dieter Duhm and brought to life in the community of Tamera in Southern Portugal which we recognize as the first model ‘healing biotope’."

Ethical Principles:
"1) Work towards decentralized regional self-sufficiency in water, food and energy thus providing the complicity-free material base for a new culture.

2) Give equal attention to inner and outer peace work. It is seldom that a project fails due to external pressure alone. Egoic structures like struggles for power and attention, jealousy and envy need to be addressed and transformed for the healing of our culture of separation. This work must be held in balance with the needs of and the service to the larger whole.

3) Accept and address love and sexuality as aspects of the dominant culture which are in particular need of healing. These issues must be released from the domain of privacy and brought into public discourse for the healing and learning of all.

4) Support a spiritual practice which places the sacredness of life at its center.

5) Create an economy based on reciprocity, communal sharing and giving. One in which economy and ecology are restored to their right relationship – with economy serving ecology."

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Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Investor_Relations  Fundraising  Switzerland  Spain  Culture  decentralization  water  food  Energy  health  Philosophy  community  Economy  Ecology  Permaculture 
4 weeks ago by eocas
Monart (* Money x Art)
International art community backed by a blockchain-powered ecosystem. Based in Beijing / China, Switzerland and France. Builds on Ethereum with EC20 smart contracts. ICO planned for November 2018.

Partners with “Green & Sustainable Finance” initiative R20 ( http://r20paris.org ) which put in place the accord of Paris on pollution to support together the artists and designers who integrate sustainable development in their work.

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Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  Platform  blockchain  Art  Trade  Sustainability  Finance  Investor_Relations 
5 weeks ago by eocas
Centaur Analytics
Greek & Californian startup is a sensing and IoT platform providing post-harvest monitoring to the agricultural supply chain to reduce waste and improve food safety.

They plan to accelerate the deployment of its Internet-of-Crops Platform and to expand its predictive analytics and quality chain management systems for commodities such as grains, flour, and high-value commodities.

Being in the farm tech / agtech field, specifically post-harvest space, distinct from well-defined categories like precision ag.

Current customers include leading grain buyers, flour mills, logistics providers and pest control companies.

The product combines hardware in the form of wireless sensors with software to help customers keep tabs on the condition of grains and other stored crops. The software uses sensor readings to predict whether a batch of grain or another commodity may be at risk of experiencing improper storage conditions or a potential pest invasion.

Provides smart crop sensors that provide signals and data on temperature and moisture of grain, allowing to predict the quality of that grain.

The company’s sensors are capable of sending information or data to the cloud from inside a storage bin, silo, or elevator whereas many existing solutions on the market can only measure external readings. This is largely because many existing solutions are not wireless like Centaur’s sensors.

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Agrachina  Startupinthecloud  Tech  food  Food_Preservation_Engineering  Food_Processing  Food_Safety  Management  Greece  USA  IoT 
6 weeks ago by eocas
Design Library (aka: Hangzhou "Material Library)
About:
"YUHANG RONG DESIGN LIBRARY is built by PINWU Design Studio and Yuhang Government in Hangzhou China. It focuses on Chinese traditional handcraft research and each material deconstruction from the craft. The Library offers designers Chinese traditional materials such as bamboo, paper, clay, porcelain, copper, silver, silk, etc. Remains of ancient Chinese folk culture are still to be found, hidden in villages. The library is passionate collecting the knowledge from the old craftsman."

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Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  artisanal  material  fabric  Sustainability  bamboo  Culture  exhibition  rural  Research  design  China  Zhejiang 
6 weeks ago by eocas
((OTRS)) Community Edition | Open Source Service Management
About:
"OTRS (the former Open Ticket Request System now stands for Open Technology – Real Service) is an open source ticket request system with many features to manage customer telephone calls and e-mails. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and tested on various Linux platforms.
[...]
As you may have noticed, we now refer to the fully-managed, professional solution as OTRS. The freely available variant of OTRS is now called ((OTRS)) Community Edition.

Along with the new strategic company initiatives, a website relaunch has taken place. OTRS Group now offers three newly-designed, independent OTRS Websites – a pure product page, a corporate page and this brand-new, dedicated community platform."

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Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Business  opensource  service  Service_Provider  Linux  cloud  Solution  Messaging  Project_Management  Forum  Management 
6 weeks ago by eocas
Vultus - Eliminating waste in farming
About:
"Vultus offers a satellite system for precision farming. The technology enables farmers around the world to grow healthier plants at a lower cost and significantly reduces environmental harm.

Our globally available technology aims to combat the over-fertilization of the soils by analyzing the specific nutrient needs within the fields and providing farmers with detailed nitrogen recommendations. These recommendations can save up to 40% of fertilizer usage, which significantly improves farmers profitability and drastically reduces waste in farming.
[...]
Plant Health Analysis
Quantify the performance of your fields, understand variations within them, and detect issues with our comprehensive geometrically, radiometrically and atmospherically calibrated satellite imagery.
[...]
API integration with Farm Management Systems
Our analysis is solely available as an application programming interface (API) service optimized for Farm Management Systems (FMS). This partnership-based model allows the FMS provider to enhance their platform through added value of Nitrogen recommendations and Plant health analysis to farmers and helps them gain new revenue streams through our plugin API."

From Lund / Sweden.

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Agrachina  Fertilizer  Pesticide  Soil  Analysis  Technology  API  Plant_Protection  farming  far  FMS  Sweden 
10 weeks ago by eocas
PV CYCLE Association
About:
"A non-profit, member-based organization, PV CYCLE offers collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance services for companies and waste holders around the world.

Founded in 2007 by and for the PV industry, PV CYCLE today includes a broad range of waste products in its portfolio."

WEEE compliance & waste management scheme for:

- PV (photovoltaic) module waste
- Electrical/electronic equipment waste
- Battery waste
- Industrial waste
- Packaging waste

Offers:

- Waste Compliance
- Waste Collection & Treatment
- Waste Consultancy
- Waste Dismantling
- Waste Management Programs
- National Services

Based in Brussels / Belgium.

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Agrachina  Recycling  Legal  Management  waste  Industry  Association  packaging  Solar  NGO_NPO  Consultancy  Belgium 
10 weeks ago by eocas
Kilomet 109
About:
"Designer, artist and eco-entrepreneur, Van Thao is a leader among the pioneering group of young designers who have made Hanoi an emerging creative hub of the fashion world.
[...]
Thao’s vision encompasses every detail of the production process, starting with the natural materials that go into the garments she designs. In doing so she is helping to preserve the rich textile heritage of Vietnam.

Using organic fibers and traditional techniques of vegetable dying, Thao works with her team of local artisans to grow, spin, weave, color and print Kilomet 109 fabrics. After that the garments are hand-stitched in her studio in Hanoi.
[...]
The value of our pieces is about more than their design, it’s about the culture of the people who make them and the environmental issues that are so vital to our future.”

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Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Fashion  Designer  artisanal  Made-to-Order  ecological  vietnam  Fibres  dyeing  Organic  Organic_Fabric  Vegetables  Sustainability  eco_brand  sustainablecompany  sustainablefashion  Brand 
10 weeks ago by eocas

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