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FSA 3.0 continues to accelerate the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices

17th June 2022

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Overview

The new and improved version of SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment, FSA 3.0, was launched in April 2021

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Since its inception in 2014, the FSA has become a recognised and trusted industry solution and the latest version is even more effective in enabling supply chain collaboration and accelerating sustainable agriculture on the ground.

2021 saw significant user growth, represented by a 100% increase in the number of farms in verified Farm Management Groups (FMG) as well as a 30% increase in the number of FSA benchmarks. The total number of FSA verified farms now stands at above 200,000, covering 104 crops in over 40 countries and there are now 130 schemes benchmarked against the FSA.

Earlier this year, the FSA Steering Committee nominated Iver Drabaek as the new chair, following his success as interim chair for the closing months of 2021. He is joined on a newly elected Steering Committee by James Ede (Cargill), Andrew Utterback (Ingredion), Madhu Rajesh (Coca-Cola), Mike Buttenham (Grain Farmers of Ontario), Katherine Teague (AB Sugar), and Peter Spaargaren (Dohler). To support the work of the Steering Committee, the FSA has established three workstreams: Assurance, Benchmarking, and Outcome Measurement and Integration. These workstreams help to keep the FSA innovative and ensure that the system remains inclusive and responsive to users’ needs.

Taking learnings from FSA 3.0 user experiences on the ground, the FSA Steering Committee will continue to build on the strength of the programme and although deploying and calibrating FSA 3.0 is a major focus for 2022, three additional strategic priorities have been defined:

“It’s my belief that the only way that our industry will deliver on its promises and navigate the challenging times ahead is to normalise an approach to improving farm sustainability outcomes. The FSA has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to do this and with the launch of several new innovative features as part of FSA 3.0, it is uniquely positioned to grow further.”

Joe Rushton, FSA Director, SAI Platform.

A key function of FSA version 3.0 and an important continuity from FSA 2.1 is the Benchmarking Programme which provides a common reference point for farm sustainability schemes, as well as a consistent approach to determine alignment. More than 100 sustainability schemes used by SAI Platform members were previously benchmarked against FSA 2.1, making it the prominent global reference for sustainable agriculture.

It is important that all schemes are re-benchmarked against FSA 3.0 before they expire on 31st October 2022. Check here for an overview of the schemes already engaged in the re-benchmarking process. If the scheme you are using is not already engaged, we strongly advise you to get in touch with your contacts at these schemes and ask them to contact us at fsa@saiplatform.org. This will allow them to begin the re-benchmarking process and maintain their equivalency against the FSA.

The strength of the FSA programme is a testament to the dedication and leadership of the SAI Platform membership. To learn more about how you can participate, engage, and promote the FSA programme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at fsa@saiplatform.org.