Demands for healthy food and ethical sourcing are rapidly increasing. Sustainability is no longer a trend; it has become a necessity for consumers and an agenda for nations.
EKO AGRO is resetting agriculture by translating the UN guidelines for a better future into a patented blueprint which we call TAP (Tech Agrarian Protocol). Explore the milestones in our journey.
TACKLING BIG CHALLENGES
We have consciously and consequently based our whole organisation and work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They work as a blueprint to protect our future with strategies to improve health and education, reduce social inequality, spur economic growth and tackle climate change. with strategies to improve health and education, reduce social inequality, spur economic growth and tackle climate change.
LAYING SCIENTIFIC FOUNDATIONS
As scientists and engineers in the field of agriculture, we developed a proprietary protocol compliant with each one of the 17 UN goals, with a simple question in mind: “how can we rejuvenate agriculture in a way where everyone benefits, including future generations?”
ENSURING SUCCESSFUL TRANSFORMATION: TAP - THE TECH AGRARIAN PROTOCOL
After years of work our “intelligent agriculture” model TAP was born: a unique formula for turning agriculture into a fair and participatory business for farmers. One which respects the earth and our grandchildren, creates a safe supply chain for consumers, and makes sustainable farming systems both profitable and scalable.
An important thing we have learned from nature, personified by the bee, is that cooperative and interconnective organisations are the most successful. We’re actively fostering interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration through a strong ecosystem of partners including local governments, universities, purpose driven investors and industrial partners.
SECURING ANCIENT WISDOM
This is where we are today, with the current acquisition of 6,500 hectares of lands, farms and agri-food companies including their treasure of knowledge. This is a crucial step, facilitating the scale to which we can apply TAP – and empower farmers to secure a diversity of high quality produce, wisdom and succession.
Our next step will be to implement our smart production systems. As an integral part of the TAP, we believe in the power of technology to increase pace and scale of change. Surveillance systems allow farmers to monitor their sites more efficiently whilst cloud-based IoT operating systems connect products, plants, systems and machines to generate data – for transparency, analysis, improvements and further research.
We plan on building nine consortia dedicated to specific productions including cereal, dairy, meat, fruit and vegetables, oil, wine and ready-made meals. These shared production hubs are essential to control an entire integrated chain of agricultural production; creating synergies and applying the principles of traceability in every operational phase.
SHARING THE FRUIT
What started with the translation of the UN goals for a better planet will sum up in a traceable circular economy with benefits for all; sharing profitability with our farmers, delivering healthy, high quality food to our consumers and bringing back sustainability into the earth once more.
What we bring
It is no simple feat to reinstall a sustainable food system back to the land and people: it is the work of many bees and many hives. We facilitate this activity by building, leveraging and sharing a complex system of enablers.
RESETTING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
Our goal is to reach 100% renewably sourced electricity (geothermal, solar panels, co-generation) for industrial agricultural processes and staff housing. Where there is a surplus of renewable energy produced, this will be given to local communities for the common good.
Redevelopment of brownfield areas are foreseen for all of our farms in compliance with governing regulations. These range from repopulation of animals, to crop management of agriculture and seeding.
We take protection of this natural resource seriously: from reusing water via smart greenhouses, through to naturally purifying water in breeding areas for irrigation and purifying water from industrial prior to disposal.
Today it is impossible to eliminate the emission of CO2 from the agricultural process. Through a complex calculation of agro-forestry engineering we offset all CO2 consumed in production; thus unequivocally certifying our zero footprint.
In collaboration with the Region of Tuscany we have facilitated an agreement for the maintenance of the Regional forest park. Every time our consumers buy our products they will be actively participating in the sustainability of the environment.
Seeds and Medicinal Herbs
We will allocate 25,000 square meters of agricultural land for the production of seeds for its crops, and the same amount for the research and study of Medicinal Herbs. We do this to ensure food quality and safety, in accordance with EU regulations.
PROTECTING OUR SOCIAL ECONOMY
Agriculture is often located in rural areas so we pay particular attention to respecting and empowering rural communities vulnerable to inequalities and interference from the larger food industry.
Food Chain Transparency
We strive to be fully transparent about our production. By offering consumers digital access to the life cycle management of the products they buy, we aim to reinject trust and honesty into our food systems.
Protection of Farmers
We believe in the nobility and significance of farming as a profession. By putting the farmers at the heart of our model, we provide free housing, profit sharing rights, technical training and shared knowledge to our farmers; simply put, to secure living standards, job satisfaction and succession. We want to make farmers our main players, not the less favoured link in the chain.
SOURCING CHANGE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
We have developed a proprietary IoT system that manages drones, cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence through tailored software and communication networks: designed to optimize production, administration and management. AI algorithms will be adopted to monitor and predict critical variables such as water quality, soil condition, air temperature, humidity and adjusting irrigation; ensuring a significant impact on crop quality and quantity and the associated economic returns.
Block chain and communication
We are developing Blockchain innovation and a 24/7 channel access to allow the consumer to authenticate and certify every one of our products through a unique digital certification. All consumers should be able to know what they are eating in today’s food chain.
tech agrarian protocol
The absolute core of our business; a blueprint for how we rethink and rejuvenate our approach to the health of the land and our food. Through a proprietary protocol backed by numerical algorithms, we can effectively quantify compliance of every step in the food supply chain.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Agricultural solutions today are often sourced through technological assets, so we heavily invest in R&D; ranging from functional medicine to chemistry and biophysics, quantum mechanics to spectrography and physics.
We are installing a strategic communication platform built in line with the principles of TAP. As a crossmedia channel it combines thematic television (IPTV) and the interactivity of a web platform – with the purpose of providing full traceability and transparency to consumers, enhancing customer experience and driving sales.
LEVERAGING VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE AND PARTNERSHIPS
Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) is a popular acronym at the moment, but above all an essential framework to assess the sustainability of a business. We consider ourselves pretty strong on this front, but regular independent ESG ratings allow us to double check risk mitigation and operational strength, facilitated by our major shareholders ESGTI AG: ESG Investment specialists.
We are humble enough to understand that sometimes we need a little help. We are supported by the national, regional and local governments (Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio) for investment activities in the recovery of brownfields and in particular for the job creation opportunities. Our partners reach far, ranging from governmental departments, universities, industrial partners, financial investors and today’s sustainability experts.
We source private investment for all of our financing, primarily provided by our parent company: Swiss ESG Investment specialists.
Our farmers use ancient and natural techniques which we not only intend to keep, but build upon, share and celebrate.
certifications and legislations
A significant backbone of what we do: from Food Security Certifications, to Farming Standards, Bio certification to National Quality Systems. We do the groundwork and implementation so that farmers can focus on what they do best.
TRUSTING IN THE RIGHT PEOPLE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board comprises five independent members. The team is diverse in experience and brings expertise directly relevant to promoting the long-term sustainable success of EKO AGRO through the highest standards of corporate governance.
management and operations
From farmers to architects, marketeers to producers. Our “on the ground” team is essential to the everyday running and success.
A dedicated team who drive and support our scientific competencies. All specialists in their fields of expertise, and passionate about our scientific roots.
Founder and President