All tagged food

Ambiguity in Trump Sanctions Could Put Humanitarian Trade with Iran at Risk

◢ In the years when Iran was under broad international sanctions, the country saw shortages in key foodstuffs and life-saving medicines. Despite attestations to the contrary, international sanctions hurt the Iranian people in cruel ways. As Iranians prepare for the return of U.S. sanctions, concerning ambiguity in OFAC’s new sanctions guidance may undermine the longstanding exemptions for humanitarian trade and the carve-outs for the Iranian banks which facilitate these sales.

To Transform the Fortunes of Iran’s Saffron Farmers, a Commitment to Technology and the Environment

◢ Keshmoon, an Iranian startup, connects carefully selected saffron farmers engaged in sustainable agriculture with premium consumers. The company has recently gained acclaim for its combination of ecommerce and "agritech" solutions. 

◢ Starting with an initial cohort of 30 farmers in the town of Qaen in Khorasan Province, Keshmoon is encouraging a move to sustainable agriculture. The goal is to reduce water usage through means that also help the farmers improve their livelihoods.