New York, NY - With critically-needed insight into the current state of our food and agricultural system, HowGood and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT will work together to bring decision-support tools to forward-thinking companies seeking to improve their environmental and social impact.
"The food industry is at an unprecedented crossroads," says Ethan Soloviev, Chief Innovation Officer at HowGood and owner of a small regenerative farm in upstate New York. "Choices are being made today that will impact our planet for generations and it is essential that the best research is put forward to support those decisions. The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT has led the charge on agricultural biodiversity research for years and, as part of these efforts, it has produced the Agrobiodiversity Index. This is a tool that helps food systems actors understand to what extent they are sustainably using and conserving agricultural biodiversity and gives insight on how much they are exposed to risks, including climate change and pests and diseases. We are excited to bring these findings to decision-makers through our software solutions."
The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. These solutions address the global challenges of poverty, malnutrition, climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss. The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.
The partnership with HowGood, an independent software company focused on research and sustainability, delivers on the Alliance mission by making it easier for food brands to prioritize agrobiodiversity impact in their sourcing decisions.
HowGood develops decision-support tools to enable sustainability-minded product formulations. Their software is powered by a research database that considers factors ranging from how a product's ingredient is grown to the conditions under which it is processed, with an interface that is engineered to provide actionable insights to brands and retailers seeking to improve the impact of their supply chain. The addition of the best-in-class agrobiodiversity data from the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT will elevate their impact measurement tools with deep insights into the current state of crop and species diversity and agricultural land use.