About our approach
The Sustainable Farming Assurance Programme (SFAP) supports companies in the feed and food supply chain to source responsibly produced commodities that are free from deforestation and land-conversion (DCF) and have a low carbon footprint.
SFAP’s solutions are third-party verified, cost-efficient and scalable and apply to all arable crops in all regions of the world. SFAP’s approach is recognised as one of the credible approaches towards zero-deforestation by Profundo (in 2019 and 2023) and is approved under the FEFAC soy sourcing guidelines 2021 edition (in the proces of benchmarking against 2023 version). Good practices in the following domains are guaranteed:
Legal compliance and good business practice
All farmers in the SFAP-programme comply with local and national legislation.
Respect of human rights and safeguarding worker safety
SFAP includes a strong human and labour rights section building up on the ILO Core Conventions.
Good agricultural practices and environmental protection
SFAP-farmers implement good practices in relation to soil, water, agrochemicals, crop health, waste and biodiversity.
Safeguarding community relations
SFAP includes criteria to support a harmonious relation between farmers and their surrounding communities.
Zero deforestation and biodiversity protection
SFAP-farmers are committed to protecting natural reserves and restrain from conversing natural lands in production lands.
SFAP helps to create meaningful and scalable impact in hotspot areas such as the Brazilian Cerrado, the Amazon and the Argentinean Chaco.
Impact on farmers
Farmers appreciate the insights obtained and procedures implemented through the certification process. They achieve better results and experience more control over their farm. In addition, farmers are recognised by third parties such as bank and input suppliers as less-risky and more trustworthy partners. This often results in more favourable financing conditions.
Farmers are rewarded for protecting their natural Cerrado reserves even when they have legal permission to deforest part of their lands.
Impact on the natural environment
SFAP currently operates in the middle of the largest agricultural expansion frontier in the world, the Cerrado.
Thanks to the SFAP Non-Conversion approach, farmers protect the legal reserves on their land and are stimulated to accelerate reforestation efforts where there is a legal obligation to do so.
SFAP wants to be there were the risks on deforestation are largest to create the incentives for farmers to work on sustainable intensification rather than expansion.
Impact on companies
SFAP gives companies downstream the verified assurance that they meet their zero-deforestation and conversion commitments and support farmers to produce in a sustainable manner. The Area Mass Balance supply chain model offers a balanced solution in between Book & Claim and Mass Balance that guarantees that the sustainability impact (proven by means of a certificate) was made in the same region as where the physical goods have been acquired. SFAP guides companies through the complexity of LCA assessment and offers clear and verified solutions to lowering the CO2 footprint.