Capacity Building

In a topic as complex as promoting social and environmental sustainability in the food and feed supply chains, continuous learning is essential to overcome the enormous challenges we face. The primary goal of our capacity building program is to engage stakeholders in their sustainability journey by creating a platform to share information through our webinars and training courses.

The ProTerra capacity-building strategy is based on three key pillars that support each other and generate synergies to create a bigger impact:

  • Raise awareness on relevant topics, such as biodiversity, sustainable practices and how to implement these.
  • Build knowledge about the ProTerra Standard and its applicability.
  • Support the implementation and effective use of the ProTerra Standard by providing ProTerra Network Members and stakeholders tools, such as webinars and training sessions.

Webinars

ProTerra Foundation organises webinars regularly to inform stakeholders about ProTerra Standard developments, supply chain challenges, market developments and other relevant topics.

Here you will find a collection of recorded webinars where experts and stakeholders present their views and experience.

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ProTerra Foundation organized a webinar to present version 4.1 of the ProTerra Standard and how it helps to address supply chain risks. In addition, the benefits of being certified and taking part in the ProTerra Network have been highlighted.

Topic: ProTerra Standard v4.1

Learn more: ProTerra Standard v4.1 Webinar – Highlights | ProTerra Foundation

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The ProTerra Foundation recognises that in many parts of the world there is a significant gap between the reality and sustainable agricultural practices, therefore regional interpretations may be necessary to help businesses engage and ultimately implement overtime a sustainable approach.

Smallholder farmers are often vulnerable to risks such as drought, floods, and price instability limiting their benefits from agricultural production. They rely on the forests for their food and livelihood and, at the same time, their actions and activities may have a high impact on the environment.

Downloads: ProTerra Standard for Smallholders

Learn more: https://www.proterrafoundation.org/news/increasing-smallholder-farmer-income-a-pathway-to-reduce-environmental-impact-and-land-conversion/

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The Foundation has created the European Interpretation of the ProTerra Standard aiming to help businesses engage on local markets, and to support the improvement of local agricultural practices so that stakeholders can gain confidence in products coming from crop producing areas, such as Eastern Europe.

As part of a webinar series, ProTerra Foundation held a session about sustainability in the European context and the current challenges in the regulation of gene-edited crops.

Download: ProTerra Interpretation for Europe

Learn more: Webinar on Sustainability in the European Context Highlights | ProTerra Foundation

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In this second webinar organized by the ProTerra Foundation, Fundação Espaço Eco (FEE – BASF) presented a study identifying hotspots in the life cycle of a product with good opportunities for improvements, considering cultivation, industrial, packing, logistics and disposal.

The second speaker Marjon Castelijns, from Future Proof Shipping talked about how to accelerate the energy transition in the shipping industry, for instance, reducing carbon footprint when it comes to marine and inland water transportation.

The session was closed by Dr Konstantin Rizos, from FoodChain ID Testing GmbH, who explained the complexity of testing GMOs in agricultural goods and presented minimum requirements in the field of GMO analytics.

Topic: Environmental Impact

Learn more: https://www.proterrafoundation.org/webinar-how-future-trends-can-help-us-to-reduce-environmental-impact

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ProTerra Webinar Series 3 - Circular agro-food systems: the role of livestock in sustainable supply chains and tools to address challenges

ProTerra Foundation invited Frank Gort, from Nevedi, Jean Louis Peyraud, from the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment and Heleen van den Hombergh, from IUCN to jointly discuss circular agro-food systems, the role of livestock in sustainable supply chains and how organisations can match between insight, initiatives and tools to address challenges.

Topic: Livestock and sustainable supply chains

Learn more: https://www.proterrafoundation.org/news/proterra-webinar-series-3-circular-agro-food-systems-the-role-of-livestock-in-sustainable-supply-chains-and-tools-to-address-challenges/

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land use change and soy

How do we scale up and collaborate better to achieve land conversion and deforestation-free, responsible soy?

Motivated by this question, a collaboration framework, the Collaborative Soy Initiative (CSI)[1], was created in June 2019, aimed at increasing stakeholder engagement and creating an impact on a global scale.

The ProTerra Foundation has been actively involved in the CSI since the very beginning and is a steering committee member.

Topic: Land Use Change

Learn more: https://www.proterrafoundation.org/news/land-use-change-and-soy-webinar-highlights/

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ProTerra Webinar highlights: The volatility of the soy market; sustainability impact of changing prices and premiums Series 3 - Circular agro-food systems: the role of livestock in sustainable supply chains and tools to address challenges

This webinar was organized by ProTerra Foundation under the umbrella of the Collaborative Soy Initiative (CSI) and focused on the volatility of the soy market and the sustainability impact of changing prices and premiums. The goal was to explain how and why price volatility and the lack of clear commitments damage sustainability and why long-term commitments are crucial to build up sustainable supply chains and relationships globally.

Topic: Market Volatility

Learn more: Webinar highlights: The volatility of the soy market; sustainability impact of changing prices and premiums | ProTerra Foundation

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Dialogue session on soy volatility and the sustainability effects of changing price and premiums.

During this dialogue, session participants were able to add their comments or pose their questions and doubts on how to deal with volatility and how to turn the tide by offering farmers and traders more security to invest in sustainability.

Topic: Market Volatility

Learn more: https://www.proterrafoundation.org/news/dialogue-session-on-soy-volatility-and-the-sustainability-effects-of-changing-price-and-premiums/

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Training Courses

We offer trainings to help organisations engage in promoting social and environmental sustainability in their food and feed supply chains. The ProTerra Foundation has published a series of e-learning courses aimed at providing stakeholders with information on the ProTerra Standard and its applicability, with quizzes and forums to help participants engage and connect.

Key benefits of the ProTerra Training Courses:

  • Practical knowledge about the applicability and principles of the ProTerra Standard;
  • Know-how to identify and tackle supply chain risks;
  • Ability to implement the ProTerra Standard in supply chains;
  • Relationship-building opportunities with ProTerra staff and like-minded stakeholders.
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ProTerra Auditor Training

Successful completion of this training is a requirement for all auditors to conduct ProTerra audits for certification purposes.

We recommend that businesses or sites implementing the ProTerra Standard also attend this training to conduct first party, internal audits as a part of the preparation and to become familiar with the technical details of the Standard.

This training programme is regularly updated, ensuring that participants have the knowledge they need for the implementation of the ProTerra Standard.

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ProTerra Europa Training

The Foundation has created the European Interpretation of the ProTerra Standard aiming to help businesses engage on local markets, and to support the improvement of local agricultural practices so that stakeholders can gain confidence in products coming from crop producing areas, such as Eastern Europe.

We have developed the ProTerra Europa Training, which is a self-guided course that aims to explain ProTerra Network Members how to apply the ProTerra Europa within their companies and supply chains.