The Cool Farm Alliance is a unique community of organizations
working together to develop and promote a harmonized set of metrics for agricultural sustainability
Our members comprise food retailers, manufacturers, input suppliers, NGOs, universities and consultancies. Part of our membership includes Service Providers, who support Tool implementation and training, to help farmers use measurement to inform management.
Sustainable Food Lab
As one of the three original intellectual property owners of the Cool Farm Tool (along with Unilever and the University of Aberdeen) before passing this property on to the Cool Farm Alliance and continuing to shepherd its development, the Sustainable Food Lab has both in-depth knowledge of the calculation methods, algorithms, data and software functionality of the Cool Farm Tool and extensive experience using the tool in agricultural climate change mitigation projects around the world. The Sustainable Food Lab has led or supported Cool Farm Tool projects in numerous crops and countries and a breadth of organizations (see list below).
While creating baselines and using the tool to track improvement over time, our approach focuses on supply chain engagement and trust building, so the farmers and other actors in the chain feel supported with social capital as well as technical expertise, to find GHG reduction pathways on their farms.
The Sustainable Food Lab is happy to offer its services in implementing Cool Farm Tool projects in supply chains. We know that measurement and relationship building is only the beginning when it comes to working with farmers to find practical and pragmatic opportunities for improvement.
Countries: U.S., India, Paraguay, Kenya, Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ghana, United Kingdom.
Products: tomatoes, lettuce, sugar, coffee, dry beans, broccoli, potatoes, cotton, oats, eggs, cocoa
Organizations: Unilever, Costco, Marks and Spencer, Stonyfield, Ecom, Sysco, Heinz, GIZ, Pulse Canada, Catholic Relief Services
Soil & More
Soil & More International (S&M) is a consulting firm, specialized in soil fertility advisory services as well as sustainability assessment in the agriculture and food sector.
Since 2010, S&M has been involved in the development and implementation of the Cool Farm Tool (CFT). Apart from providing research and practical experience based input for the development of the CFT models, S&M was engaged in road-testing and implementing the tool at scale amongst several hundred small-, medium- and large-scale farms in Europe and worldwide. S&M has practical experience using the CFT in cereals, fruit and vegetables, coffee, cocoa, tea, palm as well as dairy and mixed systems.
In order to further spread and promote the CFT, S&M conducted various training covering both the theoretical background of the CFT as well as concrete implementation scenarios.
Amongst others, S&M has delivered CFT assessments with the following customers and partners: Alnatura, COFCO, DEG/KfW, Dole, ECOM, EOSTA, Fyffes, Hivos, Lebensbaum, Marks & Spencer, Ritter Sport, Swedish Standards Institute, Tesco, Total Produce, TÜV.
S&M is able to provide both assistance in implementation as well as capacity building regarding the CFT in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well selected services in Arabic.
As the Cool Farm Alliance’s preferred software developer, and a consulting partner, Anthesis uniquely combines advisory services with deep technical expertise. We have a global reach with more than a dozen offices worldwide and a long history of providing consulting to the retail, food and drink sectors. We focus on delivering business value through sustainability by maximising revenues, reducing costs, mitigating value chain risk and enhancing reputation.
Anthesis has been working with the Cool Farm Alliance since they were founded a decade ago. We have contributed to the visioning behind the Cool Farm Tool (CFT), to enable millions of growers globally to make more informed on-farm decisions that reduce their environmental impact. Specifically, Anthesis has worked with agronomists, farmers, agricultural suppliers and software partners to design, build and develop, the online CFT from specification to launch. We have designed and delivered CFT training and provided on-going user support. We continue to work with the Cool Farm Alliance to improve and expand the CFT (most recently to measure biodiversity, waste and water impacts) and with Alliance members to help integrate the CFT with the current data management systems and roll out the CFT across their supply chain.
CLM’s expertise is rooted in professional practice: our advisors work with corporate supply chain managers but also with farmers in the field.
CLM is an independent consultancy based in the Netherlands, specialized in sustainable food and farming. We work for governments, farmers’ organisations, environmental NGOs and companies in the food chain such as Heineken, Unilever, Ben&Jerry, Ahold and McCain. We have a 30-year track record in sustainability assessment at farm level: nutrient balances, carbon footprint, pesticide impact and biodiversity. We have used this expertise in projects for SAI-Platform since 2010, and have helped build the CFT Biodiversity module.
Possible services in support of the CFT are:
– Practical advice about on-farm measures that help improve biodiversity, reduce water use or reduce greenhouse gas emissions – Webinars or training sessions for farmers and advisors about using the CFT
– Communication materials aimed at farmers and advisors
– Advice on sustainability reporting, using CFT results
– Development of additional modules for the CFT on biodiversity, nutrient balance, soil quality or pesticides
All CLM advisors speak Dutch and English; some can also work in German, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
3Keel is a specialist agri-food consultancy based in Oxford, UK. The team have backgrounds in life cycle analysis and greenhouse gas accounting, with particular emphasis on agriculture and food supply chains. This analytical capability is combined with practical knowledge of European farming, land management, tropical commodity crops, and forestry to offer a unique skill set for our clients.
As an organisation, 3Keel actively seeks diverse clients, ranging from global multinationals through to locally-based NGOs. Reflecting this, 3Keel team members have a long history of supporting and working with the Cool Farm Tool, including designing and delivering out measurement programmes with diverse produce suppliers based in the UK and overseas.
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Soil Capital is an independent agronomy firm committed to enabling 1 million hectares of farmland to transition to more profitable, regenerative agriculture by 2025.
Active throughout Europe and in Latin America, Soil Capital has launched a digital decision-support and reward platform for regenerative transitions: mySoilCapital. It enables farmers to understand where opportunities exist for them to improve the economic and environmental performance of their farm, hand-in-hand. Then, via Soil Capital Carbon, the first multinational carbon payment programme in Europe, they can earn new revenue via payments for improving their climate impact. This platform is purchased directly by farmers and used also by a wide range of companies to support farmer practice change in their supply chain.
Underpinning the development of this platform is Soil Capital’s extensive hands-on experience as managers of, and advisors to, large-scale farm operations under transition to regenerative agriculture. Since 2013, the team has managed or advised close to 200,000 hectares across five continents, spanning broadacre arable systems, permanent fruit crops and livestock operations.
Contacts: Andrew Voysey – email@example.com
Viresco Solutions Inc. is a consulting firm that helps our clients strategically navigate the complex and evolving world of sustainability. We are leading experts in developing science-based metrics and solutions that enhance our clients’ social license to operate. We focus our work at the intersection of agriculture, waste, bioenergy, greenhouse gases and sustainable supply chains.
Viresco is excited to bring our North American perspective and agronomic and GHG quantification expertise to the CFA. We are especially focused on developing the CFT for greater application in North America, including ensuring a good fit with North American crop and livestock production systems, innovative BMPs and technologies, and increased detail and geographic resolution of quantification approaches.
Our main lines of work are:
Strategy – Viresco is experienced in strategy development as well as the tools essential to measure, monitor and verify progress. We assist with the evaluation or comparison of sustainability measurement/metrics, reporting and verification systems, tools, procedures, and methods. We deliver robust strategies, including sustainability and/or carbon management strategies, for a variety of organizations consistent with financial, environmental, and social sustainability goals.
Policy – Viresco supports regulators, producers, generators and users in navigating environmental markets. Viresco understands the nuances of regulatory market based mechanisms and has contributed in the design of Alberta’s carbon offset system, one of the first economy-wide systems established in North America (ca 2007). Our staff were involved in designing the protocol development process, project guidance, helping to seed the market with 15 agricultural protocols, and developing MRV infrastructure.
Quantification – Quantification, based on sound science and best available information, is key to ensuring credibility. Viresco develops science-based methodologies for measuring the results of sustainability projects and programs in line with local, national and international policies, standards and guidelines. Viresco is committed to working collaboratively and believes that sharing expertise and knowledge is essential to improving the sustainability of our agricultural systems and supply-chains.
Envitecpolis Ltd. is a Finnish company and it was founded in 2008 and provides consultancy services for biogas investments and energy- and material efficiency. The customers of Envitecpolis come from the entire food chain: farms, food industry, catering and foodservice and organic waste operators.
In all our services we produce evidence based information to support the strategic decision making process of our customers. To farms we make cost accounting and greenhouse gas emissions calculations. We also plan and assess the techno-economic feasibility of biogas plants. We provide consultancy to the investment planning phase of biogas plants and offer the needed support to take the next crucial steps forward in your biogas investment. To the food industry and food service industry we offer our consultancy to help reduce wasted resources ia. with Material Flow Cost Accounting, MFCA. The mission of Envitecpolis is to improve the economic viability and competitiveness of customers.