Input Presentation for Sustainability Master Class - SAI Platform

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Input Presentation for Sustainability Master Class - SAI Platform

Existing tools to help you build the

business case around SA


SAI Platform Members

AFFILIATE MEMBERS


Why Sustainable Agriculture?

Many challenges and opportunities for farmers, society & the food sector

Non-food

use (fuels)

Climate

Change

Soil

conservation

Ecosystemservices

&

Biodiversity

Volatile

Ag. Prices

Overgrazing

New

technologies

GMOs

Planet

People

Land

Degradation

Improving

Yields

Growing

Demand for

Food

Profit

Natural Resources

Ensured

Supply

Reduced

Extension

Services

Rural

Livelihood

Water

Scarcity

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What are Sustainable Agricultural Practices?

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So what?

How to check, measure, compare and report about

improvement?

1) Check if best practices are applied

- with internal compliance verification mechanism, or

- through third party verification, e.g. certification

scheme)

2) Measure impact with consistent metrics for sustainability

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Checking if SA Practices are correctly applied

A company may chose to check the above internally OR

for some reasons (credibility, recognition, logistics), a

company may chose to use a certification scheme

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Measuring and reporting about progress

Member companies asked us to develop a common balanced

system of farm metrics and tools to help farmers measure,

understand, improve and report about progress.

The Sustainability Performance Assessment (SPA)

Project – was launched, with phases I and II

1. Started from our Principles and Practices

2. Analysed what was already available and in use.

3. Selected what was applicable: most simple, scientifically

sound, readily available@farm, measurable, comparable.

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SPA Phase I

Example of indicators and metrics: for dairy

Table 1: Overview of quantified sustainability indicators

Indicator Metrics Data derived from

Animal welfare and health (dairy)

body condition score, Welfare Quality

Approach

space: m2 area per cow and space per

animal at feeding fence

locomotion score

estimated on farm (visual inspection)

measured on farm

estimated on farm

Hygiene (dairy)

Milk quality milk temperature measured on farm

substances in milk and somatic cell count measured on farm


SPA Phase II

Example of tools: RISE


SPA Phase III

ToRs for tool developers

Priority issues

1. Climate & energy

2. Water quantity

3. Nutrients

4. Soil quality

5. Biodiversity

6. Pesticides

7. Land use

Later on:

- Farm economics

- Workers health & safety

- Animal welfare

Content:

Farm data

• Data entered by

farmer

• Data from

(regional)

databases

Background

data

• Calculation

rules

• Boundaries

• Etc.

Methodology

Indicator

• Output

and unit

• Sustainabi

lity

concern

Issue

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