Monthly Archives: November 2013


Climate Risk Reduction Index

Climate Risk Reduction Index

Managing climate risk is increasingly taking on many forms.  This UN backed initiative is undertaking regional, national and sub-national assessments where action can make a difference. They have begun with Central America followed with West Africa.  While oriented toward informing governments and aid agencies, it is also relevant at a local and enterprise level that can also consider what they identify as the most important risk drivers.

  • Risk Driver 1: Environment and natural resources.
  • Risk Driver 2: Socioeconomic conditions.
  • Risk Driver 3: Land use and the built environment.
  • Risk Driver 4: Governance.

This related Climate Vulnerability Monitor is a real eye opener offering a ‘guide to the cold calculus of a hot planet.’

Investing in ancestral superfoods: sustainable solution or passing fad?

I just gave a very well received presentation at Tufts University on ancestral superfoods. Densely nutritious foods like chia used by indigenous people for centuries worldwide are being discovered in a new way in response to consumers growing demand for naturally healthy food in developed and emerging markets. With demand exceeding supply for a variety of products, opportunities are abound to invest in expanding sustainably grown food that affirms traditional ecological knowledge, can be good to local people and the environment while bringing highly nutritious food to market.