Project aims to take sustainability reporting to the next level

CHAP member Hummingbird Technologies is partnering with Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) and the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) to launch the Sustainable Agriculture collaboration (SUS-Ag), a nine-month project funded via Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund.

The consortium wants to revolutionise the way farmers report on and measure sustainability. The principal aims of the project are to design a tool that is based on a harmonised framework for metrics, to automate data collection and create an output dashboard and to use AI to look at the causal relationships in sustainability.

The project is being led by Hummingbird Technologies, which will develop and build the web application and underlying models from the existing LEAF and SFT tools. Both LEAF and SFT have been pioneering these kinds of Monitoring, Verifying and Reporting (MVR) tools for many years and bring with them industry leading knowledge, experience and relationships to the project.

Will Wells, Founder & CEO, Hummingbird  said: “We are delighted to be working with both LEAF and SFT on this project. We see the need for this kind of sustainability monitoring tool in every country we operate in and it couldn’t be more timely, given the global pressures on agriculture and the focus on a greener and cleaner future.”

Caroline Drummond, MBE LEAF Chief Executive (who also sits on the CHAP Board of directors) added: “This groundbreaking project will provide a unique opportunity to drive change and harmonisation, taking our work in sustainability monitoring and impact measurement to another level. This work is set to make a significant contribution in supporting farmers and the wider food chain, in delivering meaningful and informed change through enhanced sustainability metrics.”

The project will run until July 2021.

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