The Arable and Vegetable Crops Working Group is made up of SAI Platform member companies who have an interest in encouraging and supporting sustainability in the production of arable and vegetable crops worldwide. The purpose of the group is to share best practices, lessons learned and support in initiating sustainable farming.
The working group addresses a wide range of crops: arable crops including grains (e.g. wheat, barley, rice), pulses (e.g. lentils, peas), oilseeds (e.g. canola, sunflower), and vegetable crops (e.g. potatoes, onions, sugar beets), as well as other crops as needed (e.g. sugar cane, cassava). The member companies source from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, and from small to large scale farms, creating a truly global focus for the working group.
The Arable and Vegetable Working Group is very active, meeting several times a year as well as planning an annual field visit. The field visits focus on a key concern or project, such as addressing the challenges of producing crops sustainably, or working with farmer groups who are leading in sustainability.
The group has been key in piloting SAI Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA), which is based in part on the Arable and Vegetable Principles and Practices. The Principles and Practices describe management objectives and possible tools and measures that can be implemented to increase agricultural sustainability.
In 2012, Arable and Vegetable Working Group supported the development of a tool to help farmers with financial performance and overall farm sustainability. The tool allocates the cost of production for a particular crop to its revenues; the direct impacts per crop of energy use, fertilizers, and crop protection as well as labor and land costs become visible and hence manageable. Understanding these direct impacts on financial performance supports sustainable crop rotations. Click here to access the financial tool section.
Chair: Nigel Davies (Muntons)