Strategic Advisory Services
SureHarvest was founded with the vision of a sustainable future through empowered food choices. A range of strategic advisory services are offered that align with the company’s mission to help food and agriculture partners define, measure and meet their sustainability goals. This is informed by the belief that those who farm sustainably should be recognized for their efforts.
Our strategic advisory services can include the following:
- Identify and refine sustainability goals and strategies
- Establish practices, criteria, and metrics
- Review and confirm tech-enabled approaches and platforms best suited to collect and analyze data
- Deploy farmer and supply chain engagement strategies to support outreach, education, evaluation, and data collection
- Analyze results, identify strengths/opportunities, and set improvement goals
- Support strategic, data-driven communications for key internal and external stakeholders
- Define and implement improvement plans
Sustainability Data Analytics and Metrics
Since 2000, SureHarvest has been trusted to confidentially collect, analyze and manage sensitive data for leading agri-food companies, trade associations, farm organizations, universities, and non-profit organizations. Our expertise analyzing and reporting sustainability data and metrics identifies strengths and areas for improvement. This information can be used for a variety of purposes, including farmer outreach and engagement efforts and developing sustainability reports.
SureHarvest works with small to very large datasets in the areas of farm-level sustainability assessment, on-farm inputs (e.g., pesticides, fertilizers, water, etc.), social science and market research, cost of production studies, and certification records. SureHarvest maintains strict internal procedures to safeguard all client and individual participants’ confidentiality.
We can also help collect and make sense of multiple sources of sustainability data to deliver actionable insights for driving meaningful impact. This includes real-time reporting through online business intelligence and data visualization tools.
Farm Sustainability Assessment Benchmarking
SAI Platform developed the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA) to provide a set of tools for food and beverage companies to assess, improve, and validate on-farm sustainability in their supply chains. Numerous agricultural trade associations and organizations dedicated to supporting farmers are engaged with the FSA making it one of the most widely adopted sustainable agriculture programs globally.
SureHarvest is the only SAI Platform approved FSA benchmarking development and review consultant in North America and is a trusted partner of SAI Platform. Our FSA services are always tailored to a client’s needs. FSA benchmarks can be developed from the ground up, or a more targeted review and validation of FSA benchmarking projects can be carried out. In addition to our work on FSA benchmarking, SureHarvest also supports FSA trainings and outreach efforts with farmers and suppliers and has completed numerous projects related to the launch of the latest 3.0 version of FSA to be released in 2021.
The combination of decades of experience with farmer- and data-driven sustainability programs across a wide range of crop and production systems, coupled with applied FSA experience, offers our clients unique insights to further advance their sustainability leadership using the proven FSA model.
SureHarvest can support your farm, organization, or supply chain in developing approaches to help mitigate climate change through reducing or removing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and identify on-farm or supply chain solutions to improve resiliency in the context of a changing climate.
Some examples of our approaches to climate-smart agriculture include:
- Identification and assessment of farm-level practices that have potential to reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon sequestration, and/or support adaptation to climate change risks.
- Work with farmers to input and interpret GHG metrics data using GHG calculator tools.
- Development of customized GHG emission calculators.
SureHarvest is a member of the Cool Farm Alliance and has experience supporting farmers in using the Cool Farm Tool.
Facilitation and Training
SureHarvest has carried out trainings and farmer outreach for multiple companies and organizations. The team’s experience includes stakeholder facilitation processes to develop new sustainability programs, as well as to review and update existing initiatives.
We have developed systematic approaches to ensure effective, representative stakeholder feedback is received, in some cases incorporating innovative stakeholder engagement and program review approaches, such as the SureHarvest Sustainability Value Mapping and Analysis methodology.
Our commitment to sustainability from the ground up has also meant extensive engagement at the farm-level. We have worked in a variety of contexts to support farmer engagement and outreach to gather feedback from farmers about new sustainability programs, as well as for training on sustainable farming practices.