The Oxford Martin Programme on

Food Sustainability

The Challenge

How we produce and consume food has a huge bearing on multiple environmental problems including biodiversity loss, deforestation, climate change, water scarcity, and water pollution.

However, today, there is a major lack of comparable information about the environmental impacts of different food products produced using different practices:

  • Few farmers measure their environmental impacts and those that do use different methods.
  • Farmers struggle to access advice on how to reduce environmental issues.
  • There is no standardised format for sharing environmental data in food supply chains or between researchers.
  • There is a lack of publicly available data on the environmental impacts of foods produced using different practices in different geographies.

Without this information, the foundations for creating sustainable food supply-chains are missing.

The Oxford Martin Programme on Food Sustainability has created a data structure, data platform, and toolkit to calculate environmental impacts to help address these challenges. These are available via the HESTIA website and the Farm Sustainability Toolkit website. The programme has been supported by WWF-UK.

Now, with further funding from the Login5 Foundation we are scaling up our work and making this digital infrastructure available to farmers, other actors in the food supply chain, and researchers through a number of partnerships with digital farm tools and research institutions. We are also testing how much our analytical toolkit can change farmer behaviour by undertaking ambitious randomised controlled trials with farmers in multiple countries.

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The HESTIA Platform

HESTIA – Harmonized Environmental Storage and Tracking of the Impacts of Agriculture – is an online platform to enable the sharing of food sustainability data in a structured, open source and standardised way.

It collects the environmental impact data of everything from apples to zucchinis, from greenhouse- to pasture-based production. It puts the latest research findings across the agricultural supply-chain into the hands of other researchers, farmers, other businesses in the food supply-chain, and organisations that can drive positive environmental action.

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Farm Sustainability Toolkit

Digital Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture is the single biggest driver of biodiversity loss, deforestation, water scarcity and pollution, pesticide toxicity. It is also a major contributor to climate change. Despite this, today, very few farms measure their environmental impacts. Without this, neither farmers nor policymakers can make informed decisions about how to act.

The Farm Sustainability Toolkit sits at the cutting edge of food sustainability research. By providing digital tools with methods, models, and data, we aim to help farmers monitor and reduce their environmental impacts at a global scale. Working at scale, we can harness the potential of digital tools to revolutionise the food system.

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