Understanding the soy supply chain

By Peter Derksen | May 25, 2015

RTRS_Trading_PlatformDelivering software solutions which improve sustainability, product quality, information and overall supply chain collaboration, is not only done from behind a desk. Our specialists regularly travel the world to meet potential customers, partners and experts in the fields of sustainability and supply chains. We also venture into the fields, looking at the actual products that are grown, understanding local issues and continually learning how software solutions can help to tackle the world’s sustainability issues.

RTRS Field trip

On one of these field trips, we accompanied members of the RTRS standard to Brazil for seven days. Multiple companies and organisations joined the field trip, wanting to understand and see first-hand the challenges of producers and the impact of responsible soy.

Linking demand and supply of responsible soy is one of the important challenges of soy production in Brazil. Therefore it is important to meet with local representatives from both producers, traders, buyers and civil societies. The participants of the field trip visited five RTRS certified farms in Goiás and Mato Grosso, two of the major soy producing states in Brazil and part of the Cerrado biome and the Agricultural frontier, respectively. The scale in which soy is being produced in Brazil is amazing. Where in Europe, a farmer with 3000 hectares is considered large, in Brazil some of the largest farmers have up to 100.000 hectares, employing 250 to 300 people. The necessity for producing soy in a sustainable way is clear, given the rising world demand.

Responsible soy

The increasing awareness of consumers and pressure from NGOs is fueling the need for transparency and traceability in the soy supply chain. Soy is a crop which is used for many purposes, including in feed for stock, but also in consumer products and meat substitutes. Often soy is used indirectly, so tracing the product back to its origin is a daunting task. RTRS’s objective is to support local farmers in achieving better sustainability. The RTRS standard helps, therefore, keep soy sustainable by registering trade and traceability information using an online trading platform.

RTRS Trading platform

The RTRS Trading platform, with which producers and buyers can leverage demand and supply, helps to improve both social and sustainability issues as more and more buyers choose to buy RTRS certified soy. See how the RTRS Trading Platform enables buyers and producers of responsible soy to meet and support each other in achieving a sustainable supply of soy.





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