At 3Keel our work is rooted in our understanding and experience of the land. From ecological habitats to food security, the functions our landscapes provide don’t stop at field boundaries, so our perspective takes the landscape as a whole - a network of interconnected natural resources and processes.

We are specialists in multifunctional land use - identifying and achieving a balance of economic, environmental and social benefits through sound management. The landscapes we work with range from public forests and arable fields to high moors and smallholder farms. 

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We work with companies to help them create greener, more resilient supply chains, spanning all the way from field, forest or ocean, to end consumer. As the world changes, companies that depend on natural resources must respond to new risks and opportunities with agility.

We are a trusted advisor for teams across a number of major retailers and manufacturers, helping navigate complex issues around strategy, legislation, profitability and social responsibility. We have a reputation for straight talking, practical solutions and commercial acumen.

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Our systems approach sees food as more than fuel. Through production, processing, transport and consumption, food impacts on multiple other areas of life including economic development, nutrition and wellbeing, politics, justice and culture. Good decisions come from seeing the whole picture. 

By taking a joined-up view 3Keel helps policymakers and strategists understand the multiple dimensions of food systems choices. Our expertise has guided climate change adaptation plans for smallholders in Laos and informed new approaches to integrated city region governance and planning.

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Do certification schemes improve worker wellbeing?

19th May, 2017

3Keel senior consultant Catherine McCosker worked with a team at SOAS (University of London) under Dr Carlos Oya to conduct a systematic review of agricultural certification schemes (CS).

WWF-UK landscape approaches

15th February, 2017

On October 18th, 3Keel facilitated a Landscapes Approaches workshop in London for more than 40 representatives from business, NGOs, the public sector and academia. The workshop was convened by WWF-UK and Marks & Spencer and provided a space for participants to explore the theoretical and practical implications of creating landscape-scale solutions to sustainable land use challenges.

Bargaining Chips

26th January, 2017

Getting the right deals for food in post-Brexit trade negotiations is prominent in the mind of many UK food businesses. It’s of huge strategic importance but when you look at the numbers, food may not be a top priority for most of our trading partners.  We certainly can’t assume that food will drive trade deals.  And at worst, it could become a disposable bargaining chip.

The impact of plant pathogens on food security

24th January, 2017

Pathogens are estimated to cause around 12.5% of global crop losses, threatening many commercially and socially valuable crops, such as coffee, cassava, oranges, olives, wheat and rice. 3Keel researcher Sam Royston explores how vulnerable our food systems are to pathogens and how we can increase system resilience. 

Securing the future of the UK's favourite fruit

20th January, 2017

3Keel has kicked off a multi-disciplinary Global Food Security research project with the universities of Exeter and Oxford to investigate the future of the UK's favourite fruit: the banana.

WWF-UK food security report published

14th October, 2016

Ensuring citizens are sufficiently fed has been a key concern of governments since ancient times. However, due to a series of food shocks over the past 50 years international efforts to eradicate hunger have ignited global interest in the concept of ‘food security’. Partner Richard Sheane explores how food security is framed and where biodiversity fits in.

The food security workshop and report from 3Keel were delivered to agreed schedules and the quality was excellent - especially given the scope and innovative nature of the work area.

Richard Perkins - Food, Agriculture and Land Use Specialist, WWF-UK

Understanding City Region Food Systems

Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Unit

The International Sustainability Unit commissioned 3Keel to create a synthesis paper on City Region Food Systems, presented by 3Keel at a high-level meeting convened by HRH the Prince of Wales. 

Quantifying lettuce & strawberry farm waste


3Keel and partners at the University of Warwick are undertaking an 18 month research project to quantify the economic cost to English agriculture of crop losses in potato, lettuce and strawberry sectors.

Environmental Impacts of Livestock Feed


3Keel was commissioned by WWF-UK to provide an overview of the environmental impact of the global production of livestock feed.

The impact of agricultural certification


For two years running 3Keel has supported LEAF's global impacts reporting with analysis and recommendations for new approaches to monitoring and evaluation. 

Grocery supply chain carbon reduction events


To support the delivery of its supply chain climate change targets, Tesco commissioned 3Keel to design and run a series of carbon reduction events for suppliers across the UK.

Food Futures #DoBusinessUnusual


3Keel was asked to identify the emerging trends and areas of innovation in the UK food system. The project comprised horizon scanning, stakeholder events, interviews and the design of a public-facing report.