People increasingly demand products that are sourced in a sustainable manner. This requires improved farming and production methods that put the environment first, offer healthy and safe working conditions for farmers and provide workers with opportunities for growth to secure their livelihoods. Certification is key. It provides products with a recognizable seal that guarantees customers they are buying a sustainable product. Fundamental to the reliability of certification labels is auditing for compliance. Are farmers actually implementing the improved methods? Are regulations to protect the environment really adhered to? Currently auditing for compliance is a labour intensive process where auditors visit certified farmers in person, maybe once a year and they have to assess the situation there and then.
Our PiMapping® data facilitates this process. Satellite based information on crop growth supports auditors and certification organisations to locate suspected non-compliance. PiMapping® data can be used to monitor existing agriculture related certification guidelines, pinpoint excessive water use, identify illegal expansion of agriculture into protected areas and flag up underperforming areas that possibly indicate pests and diseases.
Alternatively, PiMapping® data can be used as a basis for certification. Our water productivity data is a reliable indicator of the amount of water used for the production of agricultural produce. It is quantified as the amount of crop (kg) is produced per m3 of water. In a world where water for agricultural input is becoming increasingly scarce, producing more crop per drop is essential. A water productivity label can help to achieve this and eLEAF is able supply this data. Daily, weekly, monthly and on a continental scale.