Brazil: Natura Snaps up The Body Shop

The Brazilian cosmetics company Natura Cosmeticos is acquiring The Body Shop for EUR 1 billion.  L’Oréal, the owner of the British ethical retailer, is in exclusive talks with Natura and expected to finalise a deal this year. L’Oréal put Body Shop up for sale in February. At the time it said it had decided to explore all strategic […]

Mexico: Native Crops are Key to Sustainable Food Production

Mexico’s ancient civilizations cultivated crops such as maize, tomatoes and chilies for thousands of years before the Spanish conquerors arrived — and now those native plants could hold the key to sustainable food production as climate change bites, said a leading ecologist. José Sarukhán Kermez, who helped set up Mexico’s pioneering National Commission for the […]

Global: Call to Assist Smallholders for Sustainability

Sustainable food systems are “within our control” and can be achieved through addressing climate change and helping small-scale producers in developing countries to be more productive. That was the message of the keynote address by Dr Kanayo Nwanze, former president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and FAO advisor, speaking at the Sustainable […]