reNature Verification of Regenerative Practices
What’s better than knowing where you’re coming from? How good you’re already doing? reNature offers verification of regenerative practices for their clients and farmers. We check agricultural production according to regenerative practices & principles and show what can be improved.
As a baseline for the assessment, the farmer or cooperative receives a questionnaire regarding multiple topics such as water household, regenerative system, external inputs, maintenance and harvesting methods, etc.
We then develop a custom verification framework built on the most relevant regional and international standards, and tailored to the context of the farmer and crop. Once developed, an expert from reNature’s global network physically visits the field to verify that regenerative claims meet agricultural reality.
This first part of the verification can be done by the farmer or an employee of the coop, and the second part, the field visit, will be done by a representative of reNature to verify the collected findings of the first report, provide an overall regenerative score, and recommend improvements to the system.
During the verification, you can expect questions like:
Besides the pure environmental and agricultural elements, a part of the auditing can also cover the social and economic situation of the farmer(s).
reNature Verification Procedure
The first step is defining reNature’s role and the terms of engagement, usually in the form of a letter that the client signs. This also describes any focus area. We then develop a custom verification framework built on the most relevant regional and international standards and tailored to the context of the farmer and crop.
The second step is to plan the verification, including details of deadlines and topics the verification would cover. Is it a single topic or the full system the verification covers? The verification process could last a minimum of three days up to a full month, depending upon the range of the verification.
The next important step is compiling the information from the results from the farmer or employee collected during the field trip.
The last and most important element of the procedure is reporting the result. The results are documented in a report that includes quick wins and long-term improvements if any.