Priorities as @ 29 June 2020 FCCI &

1. FCCI Cacao Academy

With the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute, we launched the FCCI Cacao Academy in response to COVID19-physical distancing. The purpose of this is to provide immediate and impactful support farmers with the training they need in a digital format they ask for.

Here you can read the concept note from Lyss and Dr Carla Martin .

We then invite you to join the conversation and follow along with the development of the FCCI Cacao Academy project. Join our weekly livestream conversations hosted by Lauren Heineck from Well Tempered Media broadcast via Facebook and soon after Spanish subtitled videos will be available on You Tube. We will keep you updated with that. Our first conversation was already viewed over 1600 times within the first few days. There were many active viewers with a variety of contributions and questions to share. It was a great start.

FCCI cacao academy

2. Presenting in MOOCs

Often we are invited to contribute to conferences an university courses, however due to COVID-19, classes and events went online. Also, many classes that were just available to those in the region, are not digitally available for more to join! Lyss presented the concept of scaling social enterprise and systemic change for two German Universities which have just gone live.

2.1 On the invite of Dr Gorgi Krlev from University of Heidelberg to participate in the AIR MOOC. This was the Accelerating Investment Readiness – Joining Impact Investing & Social Entrepreneurship. From minute 6 here you hear Lyss explain a few thoughts. You can also see the full Course Syllabus and Webinar Series Overview.

2.2 At the invite of Professor Laura Marie Edinger-Schons and Manuel Kreitmeir, Lyss shared a session for the ‘New Work and Purpose’ course. This is a cooperation with the University of Mannheim, Social Entrepreneurship BW and Mannheim Business School.

It is a 5 week free MOOC will start on OpenSAP! We already reached more than 2,200 enrolled participants and are very excited!
We will delve into topics like
– digitalisation and labour markets,
– purpose and meaningfulness,
– new organizational forms and corporate democracy,
– sustainability and degrowth, and
– social entrepreneurship and social intrapreneurship.

3. VOICE network and COVID summary

As part of our ongoing support to Antonie Fountain and Friedel Hütz-Adams, Lyss is preparing data regarding the market responses to COVID-19 regarding actions stated and completed regarding changing of farming processes, communication to farming households, provisioning for vulnerable groups and emergency relief.

Read our Call to Action here

4. Supply Chain Law in Germany

As Lyss is a board member of the German Federation of Green Economy, UnternhemensGrün she regularly prepares evidence and contribution to political position papers for an engagement at the national level. Lyss, currently, with fellow board members, RA Klaus Stähle (labour law), Enrico Rima (responsible supply cotton) and Dr. Katharina Reuter (CEO Unternehmensgruen). Together they are connecting with entreprenuers and business owners, other political organisations and civil service organisations to compare and contrast understanding and ambition for effective supply chain law in Germany.

UnternehmensGrün, der Bundesverband der Grünen Wirtschaft, spricht sich klar für eine gesetzliche Regelung der unternehmerischen Verantwortung für die gesamte Lieferkette aus. Zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften kann nur mit Blick auf die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette als nachhaltig erachtet werden. Sorgfaltspflichten für den Schutz von Arbeitnehmer_innen und weiteren Arbeitskräften, soziale Mindeststandards aber auch der Schutz der Umwelt müssen einen gesetzlichen Rahmen bekommen. Unternehmen sind für die Lieferkette in Bezug auf ihr Kerngeschäft verantwortlich und müssen auch hierfür haftbar gemacht werden.

5. Feed yourself first

An enduring class from is the ‘feed yourself first’ program, where Lyss works with farming communities to develop their ‘own chocolate’. This is relevant for farming communities and households how ‘happen to have’ cacao in the region, yet do not actively grow it for external sale. The #FeedYourselfFirst method of harvesting and post-processing cacao was designed by Lyss in response to working with communities who wanted to make their own chocolate, enjoy their own fruits and save some food security for themselves. We have ongoing projects about this, and will be sharing some examples over the next months of how they work.

6. Publishing results

Sometime, Lyss will publish latest results as part of her post-graduate research at the University of Sydney, Australia. For sure, her Professors have a gentle reminder at the back of her neck about it.

If you are interested in our research and education as they pertain to cacao farmer health, livelihood and productivity within the context of training please click through.