Safe procurement: Assessing suitability for growing herbs

The changing climate makes it more difficult for a food company to purchase herbs and other plants globally. That’s why Soil & More Impacts has been assessing the suitability of different crops on agricultural land since 2019.

To do this, we developed a GPS-based risk assessment tool – a precursor to today’s SMIrisk. The assessment enables supply farms to be identified that will withstand climate change and still be in a position to deliver in the long term. It also allows us to highlight where the current weather situation threatens this year’s harvest.

Global data on climate, weather, erosion and water are used in supplier assessments.
Central risk analysis of the agricultural supply chain

The assessment is based on climate, weather, water and erosion data, which are matched to the respective supplier farms using GPS data. This enables commodity risks to be documented, monitored and analysed. In this project, it is important to gain insights into how susceptible sites are to erosion. Likewise, water and weather data can be used to identify whether the water stress level will lead to problems in cultivation.

The analysis data is clearly laid out in a dashboard and can be shared with companies. This enables purchasing planning to be adjusted in time to avoid procurement bottlenecks. In addition, we offer support in the form of agricultural advice for farms with potential risks, since preventive measures can increase the resilience of the raw material supply chain.

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