In an era marked by the escalating impacts of climate change, the agricultural sector finds itself at the intersection of both the problem and the solution. This industry is intricately intertwined with climatic conditions, triggering rising temperatures, elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, and shifts in weather patterns, causing more frequent extreme weather events and diminishing water resources that lead to water scarcity in some regions. These changes can potentially bring a detrimental effect on crops, leading to reduced yields.
Conversely, agriculture also plays a role in driving climate change. Farming activities are responsible for increasing the significant quantities of greenhouse gas generated from fertilizer use, crop residue management, the energy of on-farm activities, field flooding, transportation, etc. The greenhouse gas emission is not only produced in the form of carbon dioxide but also methane, and nitrous oxide, two potent greenhouse gases contributing to global warming.
In our efforts to combat this complex issue, we must work together to establish a worldwide framework that fosters ingenuity and creativity in our approach to addressing climate change. Climate-smart agriculture has emerged as an integrated approach that addresses the challenges posed by a changing climate and contributes to mitigating its effects. This approach harmonizes the sustainable increase of productivity and income, climate change and variability resilience, and greenhouse gas reduction that is aligned with technological advancement: traceability platforms. This fusion can transform global supply chains, fortifying them against climate-related challenges and ensuring the integrity of agricultural products.
Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Nexus of Resilience
Climate-smart agriculture is a multifaceted approach that tackles the interplay between farming, climate change, and environmental stewardship. This approach encompasses a suite of practices, from drought-resistant crop cultivation to sustainable soil management and reduced greenhouse gas from crops and livestock management practices. The goal is to equip producers with tools to adapt to climate shifts while curbing the sector's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. To confront these challenges, the objectives of climate-smart agriculture encompass the following three primary goals:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Climate-smart agriculture strives to mitigate greenhouse gas release from agricultural activities through various strategies. These encompass the efficient use of fertilizers and energy, precise residue management, and minimizing tillage practices.
Amplify carbon sequestration: Climate-smart agriculture additionally endeavors to amplify carbon sequestration by the soil, contributing to climate change mitigation. Certain techniques, such as agroforestry, cover cropping, and effective tillage practices, foster carbon sequestration.
Improve resilience: Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase agricultural systems' resilience to climate change's impacts. This can be done by diversifying crops, growing crops that are resilient to the local climate, using quality seeds adapted to local pests and diseases, and using weather advisories to get real-time weather information and weather projection to help farmers make the decision.
Fostering Synergy: Climate-Smart Agriculture Meets Traceability
The integration of climate-smart agriculture principles into traceability platforms ignites a potent constructive collaboration that reverberates across global supply chains:
Resilient Supply Chains: When monitored through traceability platforms, we offer real-time insights into weather conditions. This information equips producers to anticipate disruptions, adjust planting and harvesting times, and optimize resource use, resulting in more resilient supply chains.
Market Differentiation: Traceability platforms enable consumers to make choices by providing data on sustainable production practices. By incorporating climate-smart agriculture practices, producers can differentiate their products as environmentally responsible, thereby capturing a growing market of considerate consumers.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Verification: Traceability platforms are able to validate greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, granting producers a tangible way to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. Verified greenhouse gas reductions can lead to opportunities for carbon credits and trading.
Data-Driven Insights: Aggregated data from traceability platforms offers valuable insights for policymakers and researchers. This data can aid in developing evidence-based policies supporting climate-smart agriculture while fostering collaboration between sectors.
Koltiva and Climate Smart Agriculture
Since 2013, we have accelerated the highest integrity and environmental responsibility to make global supply chains traceable, inclusive, and climate-smart. Our human-centered technology and 'boots-on-the-ground services are designed to work in harmony with nature instead of harming it. We are able to improve producers' livelihood by providing access to climate-smart agriculture practices from our expert agronomists and business support teams, access to high-quality inputs, financial services, quality premiums, and access to a sustainable market.
Koltiva is committed to practicing climate-smart agriculture through our traceability platform with the human-centered technology ecosystem (KoltiTrace) and extension services for sustainable sourcing with a boots-on-the-ground approach (KoltiSkills). Through our traceability platform KoltiTrace, we support agribusinesses, MSMEs (Micro and Small Medium Enterprises), and consumers to have full transparency on supply chain movement and to make sense of complex data seamlessly. This SaaS (Software as a Service) platform can track traceability metrics such as geo-tagged map sources, transportation routes, harvest, and processing data and weights. Integrating all transaction and route data for each commodity and its tracking, Koltitrace also enables the accounting of transportation greenhouse gas.
Furthermore, with KoltiSkills, our capacity-building and training arm for smallholder producers, we support agribusinesses to improve on-farm resilience and credibly verify digital supply chain data. We deliver this service through a combination of gamified e-learning and 1:1 agronomic coaching from its extensive on-the-ground network.
Contact us for more information about Koltiva's climate-smart agriculture approach and KoltiTrace feature. Our team is ready to answer any questions and provide additional details about our solutions.
Writer: Rihlah Bilkis, social media at Koltiva
Contributor: Erinda Patmawati Putri Utami, Climate Officer at Koltiva
Editor: Boby Hermawan, Head of Digital Marketing at Koltiva
About the writer: Rihlah Nahdhiyah Bilkis, a skilled writer with a social media and copywriting background, excelled as a social media specialist at Koltiva, crafting captivating articles on products and farmer stories for the company's blog, showcasing her unique ability to blend technical details with human narratives. Her strategic approach to social media has been instrumental in connecting with the audience, making her a promising talent in content creation.