Innovation Accelerator was formed thanks to the support of The Clinton Foundation, COLEACP, Cotton Connect, GIZ, Golden Agri-Resources and Nestlé. A huge thank you to each of our partners, without whom this project would not have taken place.

If you are interested in taking part of the next iteration of the Innovation Accelerator, then please get in touch with the IF team. 
Thank you to our partners:
COLEACP is an association of companies and experts committed to sustainable agriculture. Its mission is to develop inclusive, sustainable trade in fruit and vegetables and other food products, focusing on how African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries trade with one another and with the European Union. COLEACP operates through strategic collaborations that form the basis of its ongoing support to the agri-food sector in ACP countries.

COLEACP’s vision is that ongoing changes in the global agri-food model will require continuous capacity building and training for current and future generations of producers, entrepreneurs, consultants, technicians and all economic actors in the agricultural and food system. This means moving forward and growing sustainably by giving companies and people the means to flourish while respecting the environment and the humanity of each individual. It means continuously capitalising on and disseminating COLEACP’s knowledge, know-how and specialised expertise, acquired over the years in all areas of the fruit and vegetable sector, to contribute to a profound transformation of agriculture that meets the needs of food security, ecosystem conservation and economic growth.
Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, those values have energised the work of the foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world. 
 
As an operating foundation, it works on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Its programmes are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost. 
 
The initiative firmly believes that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 187 countries around the world, and its 291,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. 
 
Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2,000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favourites like Ninho. 
 
Company performance is driven by its nutrition, health and wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago.
CottonConnect is an enterprise with a social mission to re-imagine the future for supply chains. Since its creation in 2009, CottonConnect has worked with more than 20 global brands and retailers, and over 560,000 farmers in India, Pakistan, China, Egypt and Peru, contributing to a wider benefit for over a million people in cotton farming communities. 
 
CottonConnect works with global brands and retailers to help them source more fairly and sustainably, providing visibility and understanding of the textile producers and raw material farmers. Brands are connected with farmers enrolled in sustainable agriculture training programmes such as REEL Cotton, BCI and organic, and can feed the raw materials produced directly into their products through transparent and traceable supply chains. 
 
CottonConnect’s programmes, including the REEL Cotton programme, Farmer Business School, and Women in Cotton, have achieved proven results in reducing the environmental impact of raw material production, and improving livelihoods of workers and their communities. The Market Linkages programme has driven accountability and connectivity upstream in the supply chain. This holistic approach supports the building of a more resilient future.
GAR is the world’s second largest palm-based agribusinesses. It manages nearly half a million hectares of palm oil plantations, including smallholder farmers, across Indonesia. GAR’s vertically integrated business works from seeds to shelf, with refining capacity meaing it can produce specialty fats, oleochemicals and biodiesel to feed and fuel the world.
 
Sustainability is an essential part of the business principally guided by the GAR social and environmental policy (GSEP). This is shared with employees, smallholders, suppliers, and customers and is the driver behind GAR’s vision of a sustainable palm oil industry.
 
GAR sees farming palm oil as an effective way to create jobs and alleviate poverty, providing opportunities for communities to secure better livelihoods. As one of the largest plantation companies in Indonesia, operating largely in rural and remote areas, GAR not only plays an active role in the well-being of employees, but also in the wider communities where it operates.
GIZ is a German development agency headquartered in Bonn and Eschborn. The organisation mainly implements technical cooperation projects of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, it also works with the private sector and other national and supranational government organisations.
 
The Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains Initiative (INA) is an association of 70 or so stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and politics. Together they aim to achieve more sustainability in global agricultural supply chains and improve the living conditions of small farmers. The INA takes a cross-resource approach. As part of GIZ’s Sustainable Supply Chains and Standards programme it works closely with colleagues who have many years of expertise in individual raw materials. Also through close exchanges with commodity-specific multi-actor partnerships, INA creates synergies to effectively combat deforestation and low wages and incomes. The focus of INA’s work is on deforestation-free supply chains and living incomes for farmer households.
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