Sustainability Consortium Announces Partnership With Walmart Foundation On Agricultural Data

(3BL Media/Justmeans) -  The Sustainability Consortium, a non-profit focused on making consumer goods industries more sustainable, has received a $375,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. TSC will use the grant to improve the way farmers report to manufacturers and suppliers, ultimately making the industry more sustainable and readier for future challenges.

The initiative is a response to the need to improve the quality of agricultural sustainability data. Last year, TSC’s tools were used by leading retailers to collect nearly 70,000 supplier responses to key performance indicators (KPIs) across all sectors. Of that total, 15 percent addressed agricultural impacts, but only 50 percent were able to deal with the queries.

The projects include the development of an agricultural data systems landscape map, a data compatibility pilot focused on gaps in data connectivity, and a farm data tool for use by farmers to create consistency and ease in reporting.

The real-world results of these systems is a better flow of sustainability data that can benefit decision-makers in the agricultural sectors. This can lead to positive environmental, social, and economic impacts, TSC says.

TSC adds that, although food companies have improved data collection in recent years, many need help to establish the communication systems in place so they can answer many of survey questions.

“By improving communication flow between farms and manufacturing and ultimately, retail, this project will increase the demand signal for sustainable farming practices and improve data flow for easier and more accurate reporting of farm metrics,” Dr. Christy Slay, TSC Director of Research and lead on the project, said in a statement. “By connecting data systems and creating easier and faster ways for producers to report their results, more of their time and effort can be spent on improving sustainability at the farm level,” she added.

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