Club of Amsterdam Journal, July / August 2023, Issue 256

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Climate Change Success Stories
The Future Now Shows



Lead Article

The rise of renewables is not without risk for investors
by Frédéric Blanc-Brude; Laurence Monnierl and Leonard Lum, EDHEC Business School

Article 01

The Unsustainable Green Transition
Simon Michaux

The Future Now Show

Energy for One Planet
with Adriaan Kamp & Miss Metaverse

Article 02

Bright Green Lies, with Max Wilbert
How The Environmental Movement Lost Its Way

by Hart Hagan

News about the Future

> The New York City EcoFlora
> think tank Future Cleantech Architects

Article 03

Jeremy Rifkin | The Green New Deal - Beyond the book
by SpeakInc

Recommended Book

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge
by Vandana Shiva

Article 04

Green hydrogen: Is the Global South paying for Germany's energy transition?
by DW News

Climate Change Success Story

Climate-Smart Agriculture

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Rice Platform

Digital Green

Climate Resilient Agriculture Technology / Climate Smart Agriculture Technology
Climate Smart Farming In Zimbabwe
Climate Smart Agriculture | Targeting the small farmer

Industry Visionary Portrait

Richard Forrest
Industry Visionary

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How much energy does the world need?

Maybe the most important among them is this one: 18 trillion watts. In 2016, that was roughly the power needed to keep human civilization humming around the clock. This figure comes from BP's annual report on primary energy use, a report which encompasses all commercially traded fuels and renewable sources. August 2017.

Regardless of the source of energy, demand is growing. With the global population expected to increase by about two billion over the next two decades, and with improving standards of living, it is estimated that electricity consumption will increase 50% from 2021 to 2040. Source: IEA World Energy Outlook, 2022


Simon Michaux: "How much of what we actually do is inappropriate, driven by wilful ignorance? We have multiple macro scale challenges facing us. All of them have been visible for some time to those willing to see them. Society at large has put off facing these challenges by using cheap abundant fossil fuel energy and by inappropriate management of fiat currencies. Ready or not, the time to face all of these challenges is upon us."

Vandana Shiva: “Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.”

Max Wilbert: "I started to become an environmentalist at a pretty young age, and I was taught from the very beginning that solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles were going to save us. I'm lucky that I grew up in an environment where I was surrounded by older activists - grassroots environmentalists - who hung on to the older values of the environmental movement, things like moderation, reducing consumption, critiquing consumption and critiquing capitalism and the role of advertising in shaping our so-called needs."

Lead Article:

The rise of renewables is not without risk for investors
by Frédéric Blanc-Brude, Laurence Monnier and Leonard Lum, EDHEC Business School



Frédéric Blanc-Brude


Laurence Monnier


Leonard Lum




Reaching net-zero by 2050 will require 2,000 billion dollars’ worth of investment in clean electricity per year, according to the International Energy Agency. Suncit/Flickr, CC BY-SA
Frédéric Blanc-Brude, EDHEC Business School; Laurence Monnier, EDHEC Business School, and Leonard Lum, EDHEC Business School

Given the urgent need to combat climate change and put an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels, it would appear renewable energies have a bright future. Having grown steadily for several years, they accounted for 19.1% of gross final energy consumption in France in 2020. Across the Channel, 43% of the energy consumed in the UK now comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power.

That said, it is essential we step up green investment even more if we are to sustain low-carbon economic growth. According to the International Energy Agency, more than $2 trillion in annual investment in clean electricity will be needed by 2030 to achieve carbon neutrality. The war in Ukraine has also highlighted the risks posed by states’ dependence on imported hydrocarbons, making the energy transition not only an economic and ecological imperative, but a political one.

However, we note in an EDHECinfra study that there are a number of risks inherent in this type of investment. Our work has tracked 20 years of energy transition in the UK, an example of an economy that has successfully moved away from coal and made a rapid transition to renewables, while relying on limited hydro and nuclear power.

The risk premium increases

As in most developed economies, the growing share of intermittent renewables in the energy mix has created new challenges:

  • an increase in development costs;

  • an increase in production volatility;

  • an increase in market price volatility.

So while renewables are enjoying record profits (a recent EDHECinfra research note showed that returns on European renewable energy assets reached 16% in 2020, up from 10% in 2015), the risks faced by investors are also increasing.

And while interest remains strong, the risk premium demanded by the market in unlisted wind and solar projects has started to rise again since the beginning of 2022, after a decade of decline. This premium now stands at 700 basis points for wind projects in the most developed economies, according to our data provider infraMetrics, up from just over 500 at the end of 2020.

The impact on investors of a rapid transition to intermittent renewable energy generation is therefore notable. First up, there is the instability of the energy system to contend with, but also the increase in the value of gas production, which remains one of the main sources of energy, increased price volatility, and of course, a negative impact on the returns expected by investors.

To rebalance the risks, investors and consumers could turn to price stabilisation mechanisms.

The storage capacity strategy

For investors, this is an opportunity to better think about and manage the risks to which they are exposed. Part of these risks can be managed by investing in the technologies that seem to be most needed today, such as those that increase storage capacity. To date, the majority of new investments have been directed toward intermittent energy production (such as wind and photovoltaic). However, storage capacity is struggling to develop at the same rate, which makes the supply chain more fragile.

But other tools than the investment strategy can also be mobilised. In this respect, diversification can be mentioned. For example: combining investments in several types of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, or in several European countries.

Investors can also opt to use hedging strategies such as hedging (insurance or guarantee contracts against risk). Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Contracts for Difference (CfDs), financial instruments designed to limit the risk of losses, can also be used.

The urgent need to stabilise prices

While investors have the leverage to control the risks to which they are exposed, strong public intervention remains necessary to accelerate the development of renewable energies. Firstly, it is necessary to protect consumers from soaring prices (+65.5% for electricity in the United Kingdom over the period from November 2021 to November 2022, +15% in France from January 2023 thanks to the tariff shield).

Thus, the preservation of existing price stabilisation mechanisms such as the tariff shield in France, the “contracts for difference”, or the end of price coupling between gas and electricity seems essential.

This type of measure would indeed make it possible to compensate for the deficiencies of a market which is increasingly based on the production of renewable energies, but where gas remains, paradoxically, the measure of all things. The Conversation


Frédéric Blanc-Brude, Directeur de l'EDHEC Infrastructure Institute, EDHEC Business School; Laurence Monnier, Research Associate and member of the EDHECinfra Advisory Board, EDHEC Business School, and Leonard Lum, Data analyst, EDHECinfra, EDHEC Business School



This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.


Article 01

The Unsustainable Green Transition

by Simon Michaux

You can’t go green without going small.

Our fossil-fuelled economy is destabilising the planet. But a renewable economy might not be much better. Simon Michaux and his team at the Geological Survey of Finland have been researching how much minerals and materials we have on earth to build our renewable energy. They’ve found that we simply do not have enough — and mining for those materials would bears a huge environmental cost.

On this episode, Simon walks us through the research, the possible outcomes from calculated energy contraction to collapse, what policymakers are doing with this information, and how the geopolitics of the US-China proxy war could make the green transition impossible for the West.



Simon Michaux
Associate Professor at Geological Survey of Finland/Geologian Tutkimuskeskus
Circular Economy Solutions Unit KTR
Bach. App Sc (physics & geology)
PhD. Mining Eng.

I am developing a plan to transform our relationship between energy, minerals,and industrialization, as the existing proposed strategic plans are shown to be logistically impractical.

Long term objectives include the development and transformation of the Circular Economy, into a more
practical system for the industrial ecosystem to navigate the twin challenges of the scarcity of technology
minerals and the transitioning away from fossil fuels

Resource: Balanced Economy Policy Brief


The Future Now Show

Energy for One Planet
with Adriaan Kamp & Miss Metaverse

Adriaan Kamp, Founder of Energy For One World, on the implications of the War in the Ukraine, the Geopolitics of Emotions and Halfway The UN 2030 Agenda - on Peace, Energy, Economies, Climate Change & Actions the realization of the UN SDGs.

Where are we in our Energy Realities, what lessons have we learned over a decade of Energy Transition, UNSDGs and Climate Action, and what are the present thoughts and opportunities for making a good future: Energy-Economies Free of Concerns.

What is going well? What deserves our attention? And where can we make the better interventions - coming monday morning - to make a great future.










Adriaan Kamp
Founder of Energy For One World
The Hague, Netherlands


Katie (Miss Metaverse™) King
Futurist and Content Creator
Thailand & Cary, North Carolina, USA

Felix B Bopp
Producer of The Future Now Show

The Future Now Show

You can find The Future Now Show also at

LinkedIn: The Future Now Show Group
YouTube: The Future Now Show Channel


Article 02

Bright Green Lies, with Max Wilbert
How The Environmental Movement Lost Its Way

by Hart Hagan

HART HAGAN: My guest is Max Wilbert who, along with co-authors Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen, wrote the book “Bright Green Lies, How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It.”




News about the Future

> The New York City EcoFlora
> think tank Future Cleantech Architects

The New York City EcoFlora

is a community science project led by the New York Botanical Garden to document and conserve the biodiversity of New York City. It combines NYBG’s historical strengths in collections with emerging opportunities in digital technology and community science to maximize the impact on plant conservation in New York City. All New Yorkers are invited to participate as community scientists to observe, collect, and compile information about the City’s plants and their relationships with other organisms, such as birds, insects, and mushrooms.

Each month, NYBG EcoFlora announces a new EcoQuest Challenge focused on a specific plant, group of plants, or interaction. We need your help to document the flora and fauna of New York City by taking and sharing photos via iNaturalist, an easy-to-use mobile app.


think tank Future Cleantech Architects

We are a climate innovation think tank

We exist to close the remaining innovation gaps to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. To reach this objective, we accelerate innovation in critical industries – such as cement, aviation or shipping – where sustainable solutions are still in very early stages.

We urge policy-makers to intensify and better prioritize their R&D activities. Moreover, we initiate and actively drive high-level research consortia on critical technologies for these neglected technological sectors.

The Basics & The Gaps

Hydrogen and Climate Change – All you need to know
Cement and Climate Change – All you need to know
Long Duration Energy Storage - All you need to know


Article 03

Jeremy Rifkin | The Green New Deal - Beyond the book
by SpeakInc

Author, Economist, Futurist & Social Thinker. Jeremy Rifkin is president of the Foundation on Economic Trends and the bestselling author of more than twenty books, including The Third Industrial Revolution, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, The Green New Deal, The End of Work, and The Empathic Civilization. His latest book is The Age of Resilience: Reimagining Existence on a Rewilding Earth, released in 2022!

Jeremy Rifkin speaks frequently before business, government, labor and civil society forums around the world. He has lectured at many of the world's leading Fortune 500 companies and at more than 300 universities in some 30 countries over the past four decades.

The National Journal named Rifkin as one of 150 people in the U.S. that have the most influence in shaping federal government policy. He has also testified before numerous congressional committees.

Since 1995, Mr. Rifkin has lectured at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable economies.

Since 1994, Mr. Rifkin has been a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Rifkin is ranked 123 in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of "The World's Most Influential Voices." Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He also serves as an advisor to the People's Republic of China.





Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 21 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, The Green New Deal (2019), The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution (2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy (2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995).

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three past presidents of the European Commission – Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Jean-Claude Juncker – and is advising the current European Commission under the presidency of Ursula von der Leyen, as well as the current president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. Mr. Rifkin has also advised numerous EU heads of state over the past twenty years, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

Mr. Rifkin’s New York Times bestselling book, The Third Industrial Revolution, provided the blueprint for the economic transition to a post-carbon ecological society across the European Union. According to The European Energy Review, “perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU’s ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American ‘visionary’ Jeremy Rifkin.” In the words of Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, Jeremy Rifkin “is the economic and ecological worldwide ambassador of the energy transition… Rifkin presents a grand scenario for the future: a visionary approach unlike anyone has dared to put forward in the last fifty years that will boost our thinking and help with our orientation.”

Mr. Rifkin is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing on October 29th 2015 that “Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin’s book, The Third Industrial Revolution, and taken it to heart. He and his colleagues have also made it the core of the country’s thirteenth Five-Year Plan…” The Huffington Post goes on to say that “this blueprint for China’s future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and the advent of Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening up in 1978.”

According to EurActiv, “Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and China’s strategic acceptance of climate policy.”

Mr. Rifkin is a principal architect of the European Union’s long term Third Industrial Revolution economic vision and development plan to usher in an Internet of Things digital infrastructure across the European Union and its partnership regions to create a smart post-carbon economy, ecological society, and the world’s largest single integrated economic marketplace. The plan is called “Smart Europe.”

On January 31st 2017, the European Union launched the digital Third Industrial Revolution Smart Europe economic modernization plan with a conference hosted by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, called “Into the Future: Europe’s Digital Integrated Market.” Mr. Rifkin delivered a keynote address on transforming the European Union into a smart Third Industrial Revolution paradigm.

The Third Industrial Revolution Smart Europe long-term economic development plan was formally announced by Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission, Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions, and Jeremy Rifkin on February 7th 2017. Mr. Rifkin is currently advising the European Commission on the deployment of the Smart Europe initiative and will be working with the 350 formal regions of the EU in the creation of road maps to deploy the new economic narrative and vision across Europe.

Mr. Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC comprising many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, engineering companies, construction companies, architectural firms, ICT and electronics companies, transport and logistics companies, advanced manufacturing companies, and economic modelers. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution. The TIR Consulting Group LLC is currently working with the regions of Hauts-de-France, the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the conceptualization, build out, and scale up of a smart Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to transform their economies.

Mr. Rifkin is ranked 123 in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of “The World’s Most Influential Voices.” Mr. Rifkin is also listed among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey. The survey was prepared at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and used collective intelligence to correlate the rankings.

Since 1995, Rifkin has lectured at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable economies.





Recommended Book

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge
by Vandana Shiva


In this intelligently argued and principled book, internationally renowned Third World environmentalist Vandana Shiva exposes the latest frontier of the North's ongoing assault against the South's biological and other resources. Since the land, the forests, the oceans, and the atmosphere have already been colonized, eroded, and polluted, she argues, Northern capital is now carving out new colonies to exploit for gain: the interior spaces of the bodies of women, plants and animals.

Vandana Shiva

A major figurehead of the alter-globalization movement as well as a major role player in global Ecofeminism, Dr. Vandana Shiva is recipient to several awards for her services in human rights, ecology and conservation. Receiving her Ph.D in physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1978, Dr. Vandana Shivas attentions were quickly drawn towards ecological concerns.


Article 04

Green hydrogen: Is the Global South paying for Germany's energy transition?
by DW News


Germany needs to decarbonize its industry. It is betting on green hydrogen, imported from countries with huge potential for renewable energies. But critics say Germany is going green at the expense of the Global South.





Climate Change Success Story

Climate-Smart Agriculture


Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a set of farming methods designed to increase the resilience and productivity of land affected by climate change.


Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that helps guide actions to transform agri-food systems towards green and climate resilient practices. CSA supports reaching internationally agreed goals such as the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. It aims to tackle three main objectives: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes; adapting and building resilience to climate change; and reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions, where possible.

CSA supports the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031 based on the Four Betters: better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all, leaving no one behind. What constitutes a CSA practice is context-specific, depending on local socio-economic, environmental and climate change factors. FAO recommends the approach is implemented through five actions points: expanding the evidence base for CSA, supporting enabling policy frameworks, strengthening national and local institutions, enhancing funding, and financing options, and implementing CSA practices at field level.


Climate Smart Agriculture Investment Plans: Bringing CSA to Life

Climate change continues to make headlines, as its impacts are felt by people and the planet in unprecedented ways. Farmers aren’t spared, as more frequent extreme weather events affect productivity of crops and livestock, and drive down incomes. As climate change intensifies, the food system will continue to be among the sectors that is the most vulnerable. Agriculture is also a major part of the climate problem, generating 19-29% of total GHG emissions.

More and more countries are seeing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) as a solution. CSA is an integrated approach to managing landscapes that boosts productivity, enhances resilience and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. As one of the biggest financiers of agriculture, the World Bank works with countries in their efforts to scale up climate-smart agriculture.


Climate Smart Agriculture – accelerating progress towards the Paris Agreement



We need to transform our agricultural production systems to achieve greater productivity, be more resource efficient, and become more resilient to risks, shocks and long-term climate variability. WBCSD has convened a group of companies from the food and agriculture sector to address the dual challenges posed by climate change, and the need to satisfy the nutritional requirements of a growing global population. Our work focuses on how this can be achieved while simultaneously preserving natural resources and improving the livelihoods of farmers around the world. This takes solid collaboration between a broad range of value chain actors. Our members are committed to building these key partnerships with farmers, communities, governments, NGOs and the scientific community to address the 3 pillars of Climate Smart Agriculture: productivity, resilience and GHG emissions mitigation. Our work addresses areas that are critical in achieving the global ambition of the project to make 50% more nutritious food available globally, while reducing agricultural and land use change emissions by 50% by 2030:

  • Building smallholder/family farmer resilience
  • Scaling-up investment in CSA
  • Improving businesses’ ability to trace, measure and monitor CSA progress
  • Implementing agriculture-driven zero deforestation and sustainable land-use commitmentsMainstreaming investment in in soil health
  • Reducing food loss and waste in the value chain

Fast action at large scale is critical, so we are leading CSA projects in five priority regions around the world: ASEAN, Brazil, India, North America and West Africa. Each project focuses on local needs and considers climate change vulnerability, adaptation capacity, donors, local partners and project member company operations. Our collective action includes the deployment and adoption of digital and data-driven solutions and linking markets to production systems.

WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and more equitable future.

We do this by engaging executives and sustainability leaders from business and elsewhere to share practical insights on the obstacles and opportunities we currently face in tackling the integrated climate, nature and inequality sustainability challenge; by co-developing “how-to” CEO-guides from these insights; by providing science-based target guidance including standards and protocols; and by developing tools and platforms to help leading businesses in sustainability drive integrated actions to tackle climate, nature and inequality challenges across sectors and geographical regions.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. Since 1995, WBCSD has been uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.

Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability, united by our vision of creating a world in which 9+ billion people are living well, within planetary boundaries, by mid-century.


The Sustainable Rice Platform

The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a global multi-stakeholder alliance comprising over 100 institutional members from the public, private, research, civil society and the financial sector. SRP is registered as a not-for-profit member association working to transform the global rice sector by improving smallholder livelihoods, reducing the social, environmental and climate footprint of rice production, and by offering the global rice market an assured supply of sustainably produced rice.

About The SRP Assurance Scheme

A cost-effective tool to verify and de-risk rice supply chains

The SRP Assurance Scheme is the world’s first and only rice sustainability management system. It defines rules for proving compliance with the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation – an established, science-based benchmark co-developed through broad stakeholder collaboration. The system offers rice industry actors a robust, cost-effective method to verify and communicate sustainability claims. We ensure that each claim is earned.
Why did SRP create this system?

Action and accountability lead to impact. Transforming the global rice sector towards sustainability requires that farmers shift to proven, climate-smart best practices. Buyers need a way to verify these changes in order to support a sustainable sourcing claim. And by purchasing verified sustainable rice, consumers are empowered to improve the livelihoods of small farmers and protect the environment.


Key Benefits

  • A robust, cost-effective, and transparent path to procure sustainable rice
  • Empowers consumers to improve the livelihoods of small farmers
  • Focuses on verification rather than certification, which is cost-beneficial for lower-income producers
  • Enables actors across the rice industry to de-risk supply chains
  • Allows companies to make measurable contributions toward their sustainability commitments
  • Encourages producer groups to self manage and follow internal control mechanisms using the SRP Internal Management System (IMS) Standard
  • Drives wide-scale shift to sustainable practices by aiding small farmers, boosting their incomes and contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

How the Assurance Scheme fits into SRP’s suite of tools

Create a global standard for sustainable rice
Our first step was to create a global standard to define and measure sustainability in the rice farming sector. Together with the International Rice Research Institute and stakeholders from across the spectrum, we launched the SRP Standard for Sustainable Rice Cultivation v 1.0 in 2015.

Develop a system for measuring compliance
The next challenge was to link farmers to global markets. The SRP Assurance Scheme was designed to be inclusive and smallholder-friendly, with three possible levels of assurance to facilitate small farmers and larger export-oriented businesses.

Ensure accountability through traceability
The SRP Assurance Scheme is complemented by the SRP Chain of Custody Standard v 2.0, which enables any supply chain actor to communicate SRP-based sustainability claims on product packaging.




Digital Green

Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships.

When farmers have the tools they need to connect with one another, they’re far more likely to apply what they’ve learned on their farms and in their households – improving their own livelihoods and those of others in their community, in a manner that’s nutrition-sensitive, climate-resilient, and inclusive.

Since day one, our deeply committed, curious and collaborative team has been challenged and inspired. We’ve tried and failed and tried again, and have ultimately become leaders in using technology for global development.


Our Approach

In every community, we begin with assessment and diagnosis.
We understand that there are both informal and formal networks already in place — and that the people and organizations working in that community are best positioned to understand what will and won’t work. So we listen to those people and assess those systems to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement, using technology as an entry point to transform systems from the inside out.

Community Videos
We’ve facilitated the production and dissemination of more than 6,000 locally relevant videos, in 50 languages, screened offline in communities that have limited electricity and Internet connectivity. The videos are also available online – ensuring the wisdom captured is accessible globally.

Training Courseware
We build the capacity of frontline workers so they can build the capacity of others in their community – which means training is integral to our approach. With online and offline components, our training curriculum combines instructional videos and a mobile app to assess and spot improvement areas.

When farming families have access to information about their soil’s health, availability of inputs, weather forecast and potential pest attack together with scientifically vetted, localised, timely advisories, they stand a chance to boost agricultural productivity.

Emerging Innovations
It’s in our nature to ask questions – especially ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?’. Our Emerging Innovations is where we experiment and explore, trying out new tools and novel approaches to solving intractable problems. Many are non-starters, and we’re fine with that.


>1.5 million
video screenings

of the beneficiaries are women

frontline workers trained



Climate Resilient Agriculture Technology / Climate Smart Agriculture Technology
by Discover Agriculture

In this video, we explore the concept of climate resilient agriculture technology, also known as climate-smart agriculture technology. Agriculture is highly dependent on climatic conditions, making it particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and heatwaves can lead to crop failures, reduced yields, and damage to infrastructure and livelihoods. Climate resilient agriculture is an approach to farming that aims to help farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In this informative video, we discuss six key practices and technologies that make up climate resilient agriculture, including crop diversification, improved crop varieties, agroforestry, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and weather-based advisory services. By adopting these practices and technologies, farmers can increase the resilience of their farming systems to climate variability and change, ensuring food security and livelihoods for millions of farmers around the world.

Tune in to this video to learn more about the importance of climate-resilient agriculture technology, and how it can contribute to sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.




Climate Smart Farming In Zimbabwe
by KAFs Zimbabwe

How to become a successful farmer in Zimbabwe despite climate change, drought and other harsh weather conditions



Climate Smart Agriculture | Targeting the small farmer
by Switch TV

How can you get the best as a farmer with regard to the climate change being experienced in Africa? We speak to Harold Mate




Industry Visionary Portrait

Richard Forrest
Industry Visionary

Partner at Kearny, Global and Europe Lead, Sustainability; Head of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Ventures

“For me, it’s about turning sustainability ambition into reality for our clients and being able to say that we helped make a difference.”

The most memorable projects for Richard Forrest are a bit like “Mission: Impossible” — the starting point may not be ideal, yet the solution and the outcome are.

At Kearney, Richard is the global leader for sustainability, an area that is both a key challenge and opportunity for clients across all regions and sectors. His international experience across more than 30 countries includes working across the energy and chemicals sector, with a focus on helping clients address the energy transition. Richard is chair of the Kearney Energy Transition Institute and an innovative technology start-up accelerating the adoption of EVs. He is well known for driving global transformations, large-scale integrations, and distinctive strategies.

“Most companies have set ambitious sustainability targets, but many are finding the scale and pace of action required to achieve them a challenge,” Richard says. “This is where Kearney comes in — we help turn those ambitions into reality.”

He selected Kearney out of business school after meeting many of the people at the firm and seeing the unique chemistry and bond. And he’s stayed in large part because of the freedom the firm gives its people to pursue their passion.

“There’s a large degree of freedom, you have flexibility,” Richard says. “It’s something I hear from other colleagues, too — you’re not put in a box and expected to stay there.”

The future of fuels
by Richard Forrest, Partner Kearny and Romain Debarre, Managing Director, Kearney Energy Transition Institute

For hard-to-decarbonize industries such as aviation and shipping, reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 will hinge on synthetic fuels and biofuels — two early-stage solutions that still face an array of challenges.

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Learn from industry visionary, Richard Forrest, about how he is the maestro for his organization, successfully conducting a symphony of the best players so that they’re all in sync, on time and playing together. As a maestro, he is among the top global innovators who are leading their organizations, and those of his clients, to thrive in today’s Enterprise Orchestration Era.





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