• Resilient agriculture

    Agriculture is facing uncertainty from many directions, including big changes in policy, climate, and regulatory spheres. The 3Keel team have the right combination of muddy boots on-farm experience and value chain engagement to help businesses at all points of the supply chain to understand and identify the best opportunities for resilient production.

Resilient agriculture

It’s a time of real change in the world of agriculture. As the climate crisis takes centre stage, farmers are increasingly being asked about the environmental impact of their businesses, from GHG emissions to food waste, while at the same time navigating and adapting to increasing changes in growing conditions, the supply chain market, and the policy environment.  These changes present both challenges and opportunities. Our resilient agriculture practice area helps clients – from farmers and producer organisations to food manufacturers and retailers – to navigate the increasingly complex world of sustainable food production. The practice area is led by Catherine McCosker, a former farmer with years of practical experience in primary production.

Farm business innovation

Agriculture is facing unheralded change in the policy, regulatory, and supply chain environments in which producers are operating. 3Keel provides support in helping farmers, farmer groups, industry organisations, and NGOs to identify opportunities for sustainable farm business innovations. These include sustainable and regenerative production systems, alternative and niche markets, branding and certification, food waste reduction, and collaboration for market access. In conjunction with  the Landscape Innovation practice area, 3Keel works with farmers and land managers to identify opportunities for taking advantage of the increasing demand, both private and public, for ecosystem services such as water quality, biodiversity, and carbon sequestration.

Climate mitigation and adaptation in agriculture

Natural climate solutions will be critical to delivering Net Zero goals made by industry and government. 3Keel works with clients in primary production to identify business and production climate risk, and corresponding opportunities for mitigation. Soil health has an important role to play in adaptation and carbon sequestration, and 3Keel helps to identify the right measures to improve it within the context of the farm business and supply chain. 3Keel also has extensive experience working with the Cool Farm Tool – and supporting the Cool Farm Alliance more broadly – for measuring on-farm GHG emissions, water footprints, and biodiversity.

The Resilient Agriculture team also supports 3Keel’s Climate change practice area in helping supply chain clients to understand the effect of climate change on primary production in their global sourcing regions, and what they can do about it. We have geospatial specialists, technical expertise on climate, and a deep understanding of production systems and the food supply chain which we use to assist manufacturing and retail clients in areas such as:

  • Integrating climate risk data with supply chain maps
  • Developing concise, risk-based indicators around climate vulnerability and exposure
  • Climate models affecting production viability, identifying patterns of flood risk, water scarcity, and pest and disease risk

Production efficiency and food loss and waste

Food waste throughout the supply chain is of increasing concern to the public and to industry. Reducing food waste in primary production is one way to increase production efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. 3Keel advises and provides support to farmers and producer organisations in measuring and understanding food waste levels and drivers, as well as how to use this information to identify production efficiency opportunities. 3Keel also helps clients in communicating their work around food waste to their customers and consumers. 3Keel also works with retailers and food manufacturers looking to engage the farmers in their supply chain on food waste.

Practice Lead
Catherine McCosker

catherine.mccosker@3keel.com

+44 (0)7477 442 681

Resilient agriculture projects and news

Creating a landscape network in Hampshire

Identifying opportunites for landscape-scale collaboration in the south of England.

LENs referenced in UK 25 year environment strategy

In January 2018 the UK Government published their long term

M&S and WWF-UK landscapes event

In October 2017, 3Keel facilitated a one-day workshop on Landscape Approaches...

Models for landscape collaboration

3Keel was commissioned by NCUB’s Food Economy Task Force to research and...

Natural Capital in the real world

3Keel worked in partnership with the Woodland Trust to pilot a novel Payment...

A vision for the Yorkshire Dales

We worked closely with the National Trust to define and communicate...
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