#5 - Shaping sustainable supply chains

Due diligence regulations in supply chains

Many European countries have passed due diligence laws. They are supposed to tackle human rights violations - like child labour, or poor working conditions - along the entire supply chain. The European Union is also working on such a law which will also focus on environmental risks in supply chains.

But the new legislation also carries risks. This is what we want to highlight in this episode. We want to focus on the agricultural sector and specifically on smallholder farmers which present particular situations with regards to such regulation with our special focus on the agricultural sector.

Listen to moderator Nicolas Martin and his guest Dr. Bettina Rudloff from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Dr Rudloff specialises in European trade and development issues. And she advises stakeholders who negotiate or are affected by trade agreements, so will bring the bigger picture to our show.

Dr. Michael Bruentrup focuses on the local perspective. He is an agricultural economist and expert on rural development and food security at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). He has been doing research on the ground for more than 30 years with a focus on West African cotton producers. But he's also been researching other smallholder farmers and agricultural workers and their labour conditions.

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Michael Brüntrup

Michael Brüntrup
German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Michael Brüntrup is an agricultural engineer and holds a PhD in agricultural economics. After some year in academics and as a freelance consultant, he works at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) since 2003. His interests cover topics related to agriculture and rural development, trade policy and food security with a geographical focus on Subsahara Africa. He has worked on several agricultural value chains including cotton, wood, sugar and biofuels, on agricultural and microfinance, large scale land acquisitions and large scale agro-industries and their relations with smallholder farmers and rural areas. More recently, he focuses on integrated food security and resilience against crises in rural areas, particularly on drought policies and strategies.

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Bettina Rudloff

Bettina Rudloff
German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)

Bettina Rudloff is an agricultural engineer and holds a PhD in agricultural economics. She started her research work on trade, agriculture and development at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), Maastricht, the Netherlands. During that time, she led mid-term vocational training programmes of the EU Commission for developing countries‘ WTO negotiators, and consulted agricultural officials of Mediterranean partner countries and EU officials on trade, agriculture and fisheries. After a subsequent Assistant Professorship at the Institute for Food and Ressource Economis/University of Bonn, she became Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in 2008. Here she works on EU trade and investment rules at all levels of regulatory regimes, i.e. multi-, and bilateral agreements, supplementing initiatives such as voluntary partnership agreements and analysing the scope for tariff and regulatory rules to support sustainability. More recently, she has been exploring the impacts of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) along the whole value chain on developing countries and has analyzed coherent approaches to support food systems resilience. She addresses different agricultural value chains, most recently soy, palm oil, and cocoa.

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