Metric development and delivery
There has been an overwhelming consensus among key stakeholders in the food and farming industry, including finance, retail, farmers, and consumers, that the Global Farm Metric provides a solution to the challenges currently facing people and the planet.
To deliver on this potential and ensure the metrics can be scaled up and useful to a variety of stakeholders, we invited over 25 organisations to form four core working groups:
- Research and refinement
- Working group aim: To refine and evolve the framework of the metric, drawing on trials and research.
- Sector delivery and application
- Working group aim: To review and test how it could be used for different sectors – including farmers, food retailers, food business, finance, government and consumers.
- Infrastructure and governance
- Working group aim: To develop a plan for roll out in the UK with farmers, business, and government. This will include the future governance of the metric.
- International delivery
- Working group aim: To build international support for the metric and its approach to sustainability.
These working groups have been organising the delivery of their aims in a number of ways. The research and refinement group, for example, have been identifying key areas of consensus and places where further development of the GFM content is needed, with farm trials planned to test their discoveries on the ground. They have also been pushing the concept of ‘harmonisation’ by summarising current industry initiatives (such as net zero and natural capital) and assessing their alignment with the GFM’s categories.
The stakeholder group has been delivering pilots to understand how the GFM can be used by key sectors in agriculture, beginning with farmers, government, retail/food companies and finance, both in the UK and internationally. The international and infrastructure groups have been similarly working to create a roadmap for global adoption of the tool, including the infrastructure and governance that would be needed to facilitate the scale-up. This has involved planning a coalition of international businesses, farmers, and NGOs to win the support of major agricultural initiatives, including the Sustainable Markets Initiative, UN Food Systems Summit, G7, and COP26.