Software solutions for sustainability and efficiency in the agriculture industry
Ensuring the future supply of agricultural products is key to feeding the world’s rising population. Extensive farming and new technologies have accounted for increased production over the last decades, but fail to account for the potential negative impact on the environment. A number of challenges are facing the agriculture industry such as rising water deficits, soil fertility exhaustion, migration to cities and declining agricultural yields due to intensive farming.
Sustainable agriculture can be considered the key solution, but with millions of smallholder farmers in some commodities, creating a sustainable agriculture supply chain can be a daunting task. More than 500 million family farms manage between 70 and 80 percent of the world’s agricultural land, the U.N.’s “The State of Food and Agriculture 2014” reported.
That is why many policymakers, NGOs, standards companies, producer groups, brand-owners and other stakeholders are advancing more and more into sustainable agriculture supply chains, trying to solve the many challenges faced.
Challenges in sustainable agricultural supply chains:
- Availability of future raw materials
- Improving the quality and yield
- Connecting with smallholder farmers
- Reducing inefficient pre- and post-harvest farming practices
- Measuring results of improvement projects
- Improving smallholder farmers’ livelihoods
- Being able to see where products come from (Traceability)
In order to manage and measure complex agriculture supply chains, advanced web based and mobile technology is vital as this is the only way of connecting the entire supply chain. A centralized, multi-stakeholder database collects all data for a supply chain and stores it in one place, enabling advanced analytics and KPI-reporting. ChainPoint has extensive experience with connecting agriculture supply chains for many commodities.
Related use cases in agricultural supply chains:
Roundtable on responsible soy, an organization to improve the sustainable cultivation of soy around the world.
Managing the cashew supply chain and improving the livelihood of African cashew farmers.