This Week in Natural Capital

FARMERS MARKET

1-5 September 2014

Successful farming for our future

This week’s leading story is on agriculture and based on an article by Ken Cook titled “Raised to Farm”, published in the Huffington Post on the 28th of August. The title is derived from claims that parents often do not want their children to grow up to be farmers because the output cannot pay the bills.

Cook makes the valid point that this does not necessarily have to be the case for people who step into the profession of farming. Like with every start-up business, there are risks but these can be reduced by creating a business plan. “Young people are often motivated to take up farming by the excitement and rewards of growing food”, Cook states that important aspects of farming, such as  “business planning, credit management, cost accounting, labor management, market management, etc.”, cannot be neglected if you want to have a successful career in the farming sector.

If these preconditions are met, it increases the odds for future farmers to make a living from selling their produce. We can only match the growing demand for more local and sustainable food and food sovereignty if farmers or to-be farmers believe they can make a rewarding living off of it. After all farming is a noble calling on which our future depends. More here

Other headlines

Water

UN Conference in Samoa Generates More than US $1.9 Billion in Partnerships Tackling Such Issues as Climate Change, Environmental Protection and Access to Energy
UNEP, September 4, 2014
The Conference reaffirmed the need to consider the special circumstances faced by small island developing states in achieving sustainable development. Partnerships and a SAMOA pathway towards sustainable development are the outcomes of the SIDS Conference. More here

India Inc takes steps to sustain natural capital
Times of India, August 29, 2014
There is a new buzz in boardrooms around ‘natural capital sustainability’. Even as awareness on this issue is picking up, a handful of companies in India, cutting across industry segments, are giving back more than they take — being water- or carbon-positive is part of their business model. More here

‘Water efficiency should be our goal’, says head of World Water Week
The Guardian, 29 August, 2014
Water and energy are two fundamentals for human development. Globally, 25% of freshwater is used for energy purposes. Projections show that the demand for water will increase drastically over the next few decades, and energy production will be one of the main uses of the resource. There is also an increasing need for investments in water and energy in urban areas over the next 20 years. More here

Policy Making

A New Vision of Value: Connecting corporate and societal value creation
KPMG, September 3, 2014
A company’s externalities have, historically, had little or no impact on its cash flows or risk profile. For this reason, externalities have been largely excluded from the measurement of corporate value. More here

Measuring Inclusive Growth
Project Syndicate, 22 August, 2014
The post-2015 development agenda will continue where the MDGs left off, while adding further objectives relating to inclusion, sustainability, jobs, growth, and governance. The success of the coming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on how new programs are developed, implemented, and measured. More here

Wetlands

UN Conference in Samoa Generates More than US $1.9 Billion in Partnerships Tackling Such Issues as Climate Change, Environmental Protection and Access to Energy

– See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2796&ArticleID=10973&l=en#sthash.33nktGEt.dpuf

UN Conference in Samoa Generates More than US $1.9 Billion in Partnerships Tackling Such Issues as Climate Change, Environmental Protection and Access to Energy

– See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2796&ArticleID=10973&l=en#sthash.33nktGEt.dpuf

UN Conference in Samoa Generates More than US $1.9 Billion in Partnerships Tackling Such Issues as Climate Change, Environmental Protection and Access to Energy

– See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2796&ArticleID=10973&l=en#sthash.33nktGEt.dpuf

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