SRI: Cleaning up Commodity Supply Chains

Application Deadline: January 31st, 2014

The production of agricultural commodities (especially timber, pulp and paper, palm oil, beef, and soy) is a leading driver of deforestation and forest degradation.

This SRI challenges you to bring new evidence and analysis into the discussion of the problems with commodity supply chains and how they can be restructured to protect forests and community rights.

Potential questions:

  • Specific examples of illegality – violations of local or national law and the rights of local communities, money laundering, corruption
  • Good actors – companies taking steps to protect forest
  • Emerging technologies making it harder to sell illegally produced commodities
  • The effectiveness of laws, policies, or programs designed to reduce commodity drivers or deforestation

This SRI does not have a specific focal geography. The scope could be a municipality in Brazil, a country, or areas around the world. Your proposal will be evaluated based on the originality of your idea and your ability to write a series of interesting and engaging stories. will commit up to $20,000 to fund the top proposal: $15,000 as a stipend and up to $5,000 for reporting and travel costs. You will have three months for travel and research and three months for writing. You can work from anywhere in the world.

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