The rationale for COSA explains the history, basic structure and unique approach to measuring sustainability. It includes an outline of the COSA System.
The COSA System
Chapter 4 COSA Methodology
COSA uses a coordinated and systematic approach to collect and analyze data recognizing that Performance Monitoring and the Impact pathways are vital stages for understanding sustainability and managing for results.
A summary of likely next steps for COSA and some distilled key lessons for:
·Policymakers and Companies Sustainability Standards play a unique role in a fast-changing agricultural landscape affected by diminishing resources, climate change, and population pressures. However, only a small part of the ?nancial value that they generate actually reaches producers.
·Producers and NGOs It can be difficult to ascertain which approaches warrant the cost and effort of compliance. The promises that circulate of insatiable markets and high premiums are not certain and local institutional support is invaluable when undertaking sustainability approaches that entail change.