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May 2022

Upcoming Webinar: Beyond Individualistic Behaviours: Social Norms and Innovation Adoption in Rural Mozambique

The adoption of new technologies by smallholder farmers to support economic and human development has received increased attention from scholars and development policymakers. This is particularly true for Africa, given the importance of the agricultural sector for economic growth and poverty reduction. Nevertheless, profitable innovations, such as improved seeds, fertilizers, and crop-protection chemicals, are not sufficiently adopted by farmers. 

In this Webinar, taking place online on June 1st, Professor Massimiliano Mazzanti will talk us through this study which aims to contribute to a better understanding of this limited adoption by examining the drivers and obstacles to innovation by smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a special focus on cultural and behavioural aspects. Comparative analysis for how these findings may apply in the UK will be given by session chair Dr Jason Beedell, Director of Research for Strutt & Parker Rural.

To read more and join the guestlist, click here. The webinar is taking place at 12:15-13:15 BST, online, on Wednesday 1st June.

About Professor Mazzanti 

Massimiliano Mazzanti is full Professor in Economic policy at the Department of Economics & Management, University of Ferrara, where he is lecturer in Macroeconomics, Environmental economics and policy, and Ecological Economics. He has directed the inter university centre SEEDS since the foundation in 2012. He also directs the new CERCIS Research centre on the Circular Economy, Innovation, and SMEs.


Calling for Environmental Economists to Review the TNFD Framework Prototype

About TNFD

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is a market-led, science-based, and government-endorsed organisation working with a number of institutions and groups that make the TNFD Alliance. Their mission is to  develop and deliver a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks, with the ultimate aim of supporting a shift in global financial flows away from nature-negative outcomes and toward nature-positive outcomes.

Provide your feedback

In the next step towards achieving this goal, the first beta version of the TNFD framework was released last month, kicking off an 18-month process of consultation and development. Market participants and other stakeholders have begun reviewing and providing feedback, with professionals from over 65 countries and territories exploring the framework via TNFD’s interactive online platform.

The Taskforce encourages stakeholders globally to continue to review and comment on the initial draft framework, as well as the data discussion paper published alongside it, as the Taskforce prepares to release a second iteration of the framework by the end of June.

If you would like to inform the Taskforce’s deliberations ahead of the next iteration, please submit your feedback by 25th May. 

Pilot testing of the first beta kicks off in June

Corporates and financial institutions keen to explore how the TNFD framework might apply in their specific organisational context can pilot test the framework independently and, in some cases, through industry collaborative efforts.TNFD have received many questions on how companies and financial institutions can get involved in this piloting, which starts in June 2022. They will publish a detailed guidance document shortly, but in the meantime you can find more information about piloting of the first prototype here on the online platform.

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