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Core focus areas

Best practice

Icoon 6.2 sustainable agriculture

BeST PRACTICES

Tour de Potato

Category:
Education & awareness
Location:
Farm Frites Oudenhoorn
Background:
Colleagues are interested in the world of the potato and want to know more about the current issues.
Aim:
Tour de Potato was organised to educate employees about the ins & outs of the Agro department and potatoes. Potatoes are at the core of our business, but not everyone is always familiar with the ‘world’ around potatoes. During a few hours, employees were informed about topics such as Green Circles, the potato trading market, sustainability initiatives, potato cultivators’ breeding programmes and sprout inhibition.
Results:
Approximately 75 colleagues learnt about the Agro department and the ins & outs regarding potatoes.

Tour de Farm

Category:
Sustainable agriculture
Location:
Netherlands and Belgium
Background:
This yearly event is organised on the grounds of two potato farmers in the Netherlands and Belgium. It brings farmers together and provides insights on sustainable potato growing.
Aim:
To provide potato farmers with examples of new, more sustainable techniques. Additionally: providing more insight in the whole fries-chain to create awareness.
Results:
73 farmers visited us in Belgium, and 110 in the Netherlands.

Project Office Farming

Category:
Education & awareness
Location:
Farm Frites Oudenhoorn, Sint-Truiden and Lommel
Background:
Growing potatoes requires many skills. Every year, hundreds of farmers deliver the best potatoes to us, fresh from the land. However, not all employees at Farm Frites are fully aware of how potatoes grow.
Aim:
This initiative was created to educate (office) employees on how potatoes are grown. Groups of employees could sign up with their team or department and would receive a seed potato, a pot, some soil and guidelines for growing potatoes. The objective was to get to highest potato yield.
Results:
In total, 30 groups of employees participated in three locations and two countries. The biggest yield they got was 1.7 kg. Employees learnt a lot about the potato plant and about its development during the growing season.

Polish Association of Sustainable Farming (ASAP)

Category:
Sustainable Agriculture
Location:
Poland
Background:
Farm Frites Poland as a co-founder and an active member of the association, participates in the promotion of sustainable agriculture in Poland. Together with other members, we develop tools to help farmers understand sustainable agriculture.
Aim:
The ASAP Academy is an educational platform created based on the Sustainable Farming Guide – an original document developed by ASAP. It was prepared through the participation of specialists from various fields of agricultural science, both from Poland and from the European Union. It presents the principles of sustainable development of farming at two proficiency levels.
Results:
Meetings were organised with groups of farmers. We have developed an original competence model, and we have built on it to create a set of management seminars. These address issues such as negotiations, communication, and development of business relations.

Green Circles – theme Healthy Soil & biodiversity

Category:
Sustainable Agriculture
Location:
The Netherlands
Background:
The programme creates new collaborations between knowledge institutes, industry and the government. By doing so, new opportunities in the whole chain can be identified for increasing biodiversity and creating a healthy soil with enough nutrients.
Aim:
Research and test different ways of agriculture towards an adaptive and healthy soil.
Results:
Student project, in collaboration with farmers, to deliver insights on the most sustainable way of agriculture: How to grow potatoes with the least amount of pesticides. In 2020, the theory will be put into practice. Also: realisation of the natural noise barrier behind the Farm Frites factory in Oudenhoorn. In the spring of 2020, this area will become an attraction for bees, birds and amphibians.

Food Safety Potatoes Assessment Egypt

Category:
Sustainable Agriculture
Location:
Egypt
Background:
In Egypt, FSA doesn’t have any benchmarked schemes; therefore, Farm Frites created its own scheme.
Aim:
To carry out an assessment with the contract growers in Egypt on a broad variety of sustainable agriculture practices, such as machinery, labour, traceability, crisis management, fertilisation, crop protection and water management.
Results:
84% passed the Food Safety Potatoes Assessment; 13% failed this year and will be re-audited, while 2% was not audited and will be audited next year.