New Case Study Charts Path for the Regenerative Transformation of Agricultural Supply Chains

The recent publication from TechnoServe presents examples from some of the world’s leading food companies

Arlington, VA (November 27, 2023) – International nonprofit TechnoServe has released a new case study that presents an effective approach for transitioning traditional agricultural supply chains to regenerative agricultural systems. “Regenerative Transformation in Agricultural Supply Chains” aims to help food companies and other stakeholders develop supply chains that boost smallholder farmer livelihoods and resilience while also reducing carbon emissions and protecting natural resources.

Agriculture and food systems contribute about a third of global carbon emissions, and much of this occurs on the farm. Meanwhile, many of the small and medium farmers vital to agricultural supply chains face profound economic and climate vulnerabilities. There has been growing global interest in addressing these challenges. Transforming agricultural food systems will be one of the principal issues discussed at the upcoming COP28 climate conference.

Drawing from TechnoServe’s experience working with Walmart, Nespresso, Danone, and other food companies, the case study outlines a farmer-centric regenerative business model. It focuses on developing tailored strategies that not only improve economic outcomes for farmers but also significantly reduce carbon emissions. 

“Many companies have struggled to design a financially sustainable transition to regenerative supply chains due to the number and complexity of the interlocking challenges they face,” said Jonathan Barnow, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at TechnoServe. “What we have found in our work with leading global food companies is that by centering the solution around the business case for farmers, it is possible to unlock transformative change.”

The case study argues that key elements for successful transformation include: 

  • Prioritizing carbon-effective investments; 
  • Securing top-level company commitment to regenerative practices; 
  • Implementing adaptable, phased strategies; 
  • Understanding farmer motivations; and 
  • Transcending individual supply chains to influence the broader ecosystem.

“Strategically creating win-win opportunities for farmers and private sector businesses is essential for catalyzing transformative change in our agri-food systems,” said Katarina Kahlmann, chief program officer at TechnoServe, who will be attending the global climate conference in Dubai that begins later in November. “This case study not only highlights that climate- and nature-friendly approaches can benefit farmers, the private sector, and the planet, but also shows how we can identify, prioritize, and scale these approaches.”  


About TechnoServe

Founded in 1968, TechnoServe stands as a leader in harnessing the private sector’s potential to help communities escape poverty permanently. Operating in 30 countries, this non-profit organization collaborates with individuals to forge a better future through regenerative farming, businesses, and markets, thus enhancing incomes. TechnoServe envisions a sustainable world where all individuals in low-income communities can prosper.

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