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Businesses of all kinds must be prepared to help re-imagine the world’s food system, which is not fit for purpose

Are you reading this with a cup of coffee, a piece of chocolate or maybe even a protein bar with nuts and puffed rice?  There is a good chance that the coffee beans, cocoa, nuts or rice were bought or grown, and then processed, by my company, Olam.

We may not be a household name, but we supply manufacturers with the ingredients to make the brands you know. 

Shifting to healthier and more sustainable diets will benefit people and the planet – and build prosperity

Three years ago, our city of Oslo was the first to introduce a “climate budget”. The city government budgets its emissions like it budgets its money. Long-term political promises become measurable commitments that are tracked across all departments each year. The mayor, Raymond Johansen, has committed to a 95 per cent emissions reduction by 2030.

As the continent comes to dominate the global economy, it will do much to determine the fate of the global commons

As a young Asian business leader, it is fascinating to be part of an important transformation – the rise of Asia in the global economy. 

Food wastage must be reduced, consumer preferences must change and farmers must be weaned on to ecologically sustainable practices

From consumers in London to drought-prone farmers in central India, nobody needs convincing that climate is changing for the worse. But policymakers are failing to grasp the gravity of the situation, and policies on food production are not reflecting the urgent need for change. 

Like many other Pacific Island countries, Fiji is one of the most coveted tourist destinations in the world. At the same time, it is a microcosm of some significant development and environmental challenges. A natural resource-dependent country with limited land area, Fiji experiences intense competing pressures for agriculture, tourism, transport, water, and other needs.

Global co-operation, with businesses playing a critical role, is needed to transform the seafood industry

It is estimated that approximately three billion people around the world rely on seafood for their primary source of protein, making flourishing oceans an integral part of the global commons and healthy living worldwide. 

Innovation, sustainability and the efficient use of capital are mutually reinforcing

More and more private companies are incorporating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their operating strategies and using them as business opportunities.

Approved by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the goals have now become a shared endeavour transcending national borders and individual sectors.

We must make the most of a super-year in 2020 for saving the global commons next year

There are growing calls to declare climate and nature emergencies. But are these justified? The latest scientific assessments on the state of Earth’s climate and biodiversity provide robust evidence. 

The latest and most damning report on the state of the global commons, published in May, revealed that our rapacious appetite for resources threatens one million of the estimated nine million species on the planet with extinction. 

Local communities need to be engaged when it comes to using their natural resources sustainably

Madagascar, island of a thousand wonders, is well known for its many endemic species of plants and animals. With more than 13 million hectares (more than 50,000 sq miles) of forest, it is home to more than 100 species of lemurs and seven species of baobabs, six of them endemic. 

Public-private partnerships are proving to be an effective way of solving Nigeria's energy supply crisis

My country, Nigeria, will soon become the third most populous country in the world, reaching a forecast 400 million people in 2050. This demographic growth is happening at an incredible speed.

Elderly residents of Lagos will tell you their memories of their home town in the days when the number of inhabitants did not even reach one million. Today, it is a 20-million metropolis that never ever rests.