In 2021, we spoke with farmers, producers, agribusiness owners, exporters, researchers, innovators, grantees and many more. They shared their views on what the future of traceability could look like and the challenges they currently face.
In April 2022, we held the first National Traceability Summit, extending the 2021 discussion about the future of Australia’s agriculture traceability.
The National Traceability Summit will be an engagement opportunity of many to ensure all partners’ voices are heard and turned into traceability action.
April 2022 Summit
The inaugural National Traceability Summit was held over 4 half-days on 7-8 and 11–12 April 2022.
Producers, exporters, researchers, government, and industry took stock of the agricultural traceability work already underway and considered the priorities for the pathway forward to becoming a world-class leader in traceability.
The interactive webinar Summit, moderated by ABC Landline’s anchor, Pip Courtney, launched on 7 April 2022. It featured keynote speakers from industry and government from all stages of the agricultural trade supply chain.
The agenda and workshops included:
- An introduction by David Hazlehurst, Deputy Secretary, Agricultural Trade Group.
- A panel and moderated Q&A on how we can turn the conversation on traceability into action, working together and leveraging off industry ideas and experiences:
- Matt Kealley, Senior Membership Engagement and Innovation, CANEGROWERS
- Matt Koval, First Assistant Secretary, Trade Reform Division.
- Su McCluskey, Special Representative for Australian Agriculture and Director, LiveCorp
- Ash Salardini, Chief Economist and General Manager Trade, National Farmers’ Federation
- Linda Venables, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PwC.
- A video address by George Mina, Australian Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation.
- An interview with Marybeth Hayes, Former Executive Vice President, Walmart.
- Commentary on agricultural traceability in action from a range of stakeholders, including:
- Ram Akella, Head of Business Solutions, Woolworths
- John Langbridge, Manager Corporate and Industry Affairs, Australian Meat Industry Council
- Dianne Tipping, Chair, Export Council of Australia.
Summit workshop outputs
Participants at the April 2022 National Traceability Summit focussed on 3 pressing challenges including:
- Value creation and distribution
Consumers want to know more about the food they eat and how it’s produced.
We have an opportunity to increase trust and transparency by redesigning how data are collected across the supply chain.
The demand for improved traceability, and the opportunity it creates, is challenging long-held government and industry arrangements for data and information sharing.
It is critical that industry and governments increase collaboration and sharing of traceability information to enable a whole-of-government ‘tell us once’ approach.
Effective and efficient management of data across supply chains is key to delivering wider benefits.
Our farmers and industries will save time and money from information sharing. It will ensure modernised farm management practices are supported alongside the realisation of significant deregulatory benefits.
By creating a transparent traceability ecosystem, we can showcase the premium value of our products to countries we want to do business with.
Value-add from farm to fork and back again
By demonstrating provenance and credentials like sustainability and organics, we can unlock between $400 million and $1 billion of projected additional value across industries.
There is an increasing importance being placed on provenance and credentials from consumers, who are willing to pay for traceability.
For example, research indicates certified ‘grass-fed beef’ could gain an additional $1 per kilogram in the US market.
Improving our traceability systems will ensure those premium prices in our export markets can be distributed back through the supply chain all the way to the farmgate.
Improved traceability can also unlock other benefits. If we synchronise our traceability frameworks and regulatory technology, we can streamline administration and paper processes. In combination, this can lead to a projected saving of $225 to $350 million per year for businesses.
Through these savings and traceability systems, businesses can also better invest in business growth domestically, and in turn increase their international exports reach.
By streamlining traceability regulations, we have the potential to deliver an industry-wide economic projected benefit of $108 million to $197 million a year.
This can be achieved through greater alignment, reduced duplication, and more efficient compliance mechanisms.
In agricultural production trade, we must navigate and meet multiple regulatory and compliance obligations whether they are retail, consumers, importing markets or government regulation.
Time and costs could be saved through better alignment of needs and improved information sharing, as well as flexible documentation and audit requirements.
We know having a set of consistent and easy to comply with traceability obligations between commercial operators will give producers the confidence to invest in their own systems.
By helping producers to generate, capture and transmit robust and easily transferable traceability information, exporters and regulators can meet a broader range of importing countries requirements and pivot quickly in response to trade restrictions.
Agricultural Traceability Alliance
Watch the Traceability Voices of Industry 2021 video to hear industry’s views on what national traceability could look like and the challenges currently faced by the agriculture industry.