Cefetra has launched a groundbreaking initiative with independent agronomy firm Soil Capital to enable more farmers to see a financial return for their sustainable practices.
Its new sustainability programme, Ecosystem Services, will be the bridge between Cefetra customers tasked with sourcing sustainable suppliers and farmers who want financial returns on sustainable farming practices.
The company claims it is the first initiative of its kind to set high standards for climate positive supply chains and reward growers for adopting sustainable farming practices. The programme for UK and Irish growers is already available for 2024 crops.
Cefetra will help farmers develop a science-based carbon programme to ensure credibility and that the benefits are provided to partners along the entire supply chain.
Partnering with Soil Capital, Cefetra will provide a toolkit of products and services based on data from individual farms along with suggested suitable courses of action. Consumers will see the sustainable credentials of the produce supplied, strengthening the appeal of the Ecosystem Services farmers’ supplies to meet buyers’ environmental and social governance goals.
Speaking at the launch CEO Andrew Mackay said Ecosystem Services gives farmers the means and financial benefits of implementing climate positive agricultural practices. “Cefetra is uniquely placed to make sustainability work for all by acting as the bridge between farmers and customers seeking consistent supplies of high-quality low carbon grains. It will deliver positive farming solutions to help mitigate climate change.”