Future Lab - Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains

At Studio Nima we do love coffee! And chocolate! But this is just one of the reasons why we are very excited to have supported the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and their digitalisation team from The Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) who conducted the Future Lab on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Future Lab brought together a diverse group of stakeholders including IT providers, different supply chain actors, NGOs, the BMZ, and other experts in the field of traceability to further explore topics around interoperability of digital solutions for more efficient and sustainable agricultural supply chains, specifically in the areas of coffee and cocoa.

Global agricultural supply chain actors are increasingly confronted with due diligence and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting requirements. The recent due diligence legislation in Germany as well as related legislative efforts in the EU to curb deforestation, reinforce the importance of digitally enabled traceability in global supply chains. The Future Lab laid the foundation for cross-organizational collaborations that aim at integrating existing digital solutions that support sustainability in agricultural supply chains by fostering their interoperability and standardization. Ultimately, higher transparency in supply chains is a prerequisite for more inclusive (digital) ecosystems in the agricultural sector that benefit all actors involved, including the farmers.

For more information about The Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA), please click here