With global population increasing to 11 billion by 2100, the demand on the world’s food systems to provide adequate nourishment is unprecedented. Climate change and other environmental and social conditions are already affecting our ability to produce enough food to meet global demand. The need to improve agricultural systems to be not only efficient but also sustainable in the long-term is paramount to meeting the global demand for food into the future, while also minimizing adverse impacts on the environment and society. Today, however, there is very little visibility of the sustainability impacts throughout food value chains, making it challenging to identify and drive improvement. Gaining transparency through measurement and reporting across the value chain is a critical step in the path toward improving the sustainability of food systems.

The Ag Metrics Task Force is an effort by The Sustainability Consortium to better understand how agricultural data flows through supply chains and to use that information to reduce the burden of reporting farm data through the supply chain. The Task Force also shares case studies on best practices in agricultural data collection and field-level sustainability projects to drive impact at scale.  

How to Get Data Flowing in Agriculture Supply Chains

Published: June 2016

TSC produced a preliminary report to guide the work of the Agriculture Metrics Task Force.

Included in the report:

  • TSC’s involvement in sustainable agriculture systems

  • Current understanding of how sustainability data in agriculture flows

  • Outcomes of 2016 workshop and resulting the task force work streams