As one of Europe’s largest manufacturing sectors, responsible for purchasing approximately 70% of all EU farm produce, the food and beverage industry plays a vital role in driving the shift towards sustainable food systems. However, this sector also faces notable challenges due to its significant contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Thus, meeting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards and complying with the Corporate Sustainability and Reporting Directive (CSRD) are essential objectives for them. Given the industry’s dependence on agriculture, it is crucial for F&B companies to actively support farmers within their supply chain in their transition towards more sustainable practices.
By improving the efficiency of agricultural production, reducing input usage (fertilizers, chemicals, fuel), and adopting regenerative practices which focus on enhancing ecosystem health, soil fertility, and biodiversity global crop production can not only decrease its footprint but also has the potential to sequester more carbon in the soil than it emits and could offset part of emissions from other industries.
This is where AGRIVI farm management software (FMS) comes in as enormous help as a powerful solution to address these challenges and foster regenerative practices in agriculture. AGRIVI FMS as a solution offers three different stacks to tackle ESG and CSRD challenges.
Table of Contents
Reducing Negative Environmental Impact with Precision Agriculture Stack
Implementing precise practices that promote regenerative principles requires advanced tools and technologies to monitor, detect risks, and optimize resource usage. AGRIVI FMS offers a comprehensive precision agriculture stack to support this.
The stack includes features such as:
Moreover, advanced remote scouting, spraying window calculator, and irrigation and harvesting windows further enable efficient and sustainable management of agricultural operations.
Based on real AGRIVI customers’ feedback, the main benefits related to the use of the precision agriculture stack are among others the decrease of pesticides usage by 21 % in line with CSRD and EU Green Deal objectives, the reduction of fertilizers usage by 23 %, a significant positive impact on fuel consumption and labor hours, which overall leads to a direct improvement on Scope 3 GHG emissions by reducing machinery usage, fuel usage, and pesticides usage, limiting drift from spraying operations and reducing potential risks from pesticides waste and eventually the likelihood of product recalls.
In addition, irrigation windows insights directly impact water management in line with the CSRD reduction objectives, while harvesting window recommendations contribute to food safety and regulatory compliance improvements.
Zero Food Waste with Weather and Pests Stack
Unpredictable weather events and pest outbreaks pose challenges to sustainable agriculture. Monitoring and managing weather risks and pests in a timely manner is crucial to minimize crop damage and ensure sustainable production.
AGRIVI FMS incorporates weather and pests stack to help farmers manage weather risks and pest outbreaks. The platform detects weather risks such as hail and frost, providing early warnings for proactive decision-making. It also offers customizable alarms based on field-specific conditions and sends in-platform and email notifications, allowing farmers to take prompt action to protect crops and mitigate risks.
All mentioned above have a direct impact on food waste and fostering reactive practices and not preventive, which leads to a decrease of pesticide usage thus resulting in up to 25% reduction in waste caused by quality and safety issues.
Food Production Transparency with Traceability Stack
Ensuring traceability and transparency of agricultural practices is crucial to meet the requirements of ESG and CSRD. However, this process can be complex and time-consuming, involving accurate tracking of various resources, crop nutrients, active substances, and farm locations, along with comprehensive record-keeping.
AGRIVI FMS ensures traceability and transparency through its traceability stack to make this process simple and automated. The platform enables accurate tracking of resources used, including work hours, fuel, and irrigation. It also captures information on crop nutrients applied, active substances used, and nutrition data. Additionally, AGRIVI FMS facilitates easy field location mapping and provides the ability to attach photos of the farm, enhancing transparency and record-keeping.
By utilizing AGRIVI platform, companies can easily track fuel, work, pesticides, and water usage which are instrumental in the calculation of Scope 3 GHG emissions resulting in up to 8% reduction in fuel usage on fields and optimization of water consumption by 15%.
Meet CSRD Compliance With AGRIVI
Under the CSRD, companies will be held accountable for the social and environmental impacts resulting in activities throughout their supply chain. Digitalization of agriculture supply chains is essential and a prerequisite to be able to measure the current state and track the progress of improvement goals.
With AGRIVI data-driven farm management software companies can have a comprehensive overview of their farm’s activities, which makes it easier for them to track sustainability initiatives and align operations to enhance sustainability, meet ESG and CSRD requirements, and contribute to a more regenerative agricultural sector.
With a powerful set of features designed to enhance agricultural practices, companies can empower their farmers to drive positive environmental and social impact while ensuring transparent and accountable agricultural practices.
With the clock ticking and the first batch of companies subject to CSRD obligated to start their reporting in 2024 companies are strongly advised to start preparing soon. If you don’t know where and how to start, AGRIVI can support you. Contact us for more information – email@example.com.