Hummingbird Technologies has joined the 4 per 1000 Initiative, a global coalition of organisations united by their commitment to soil restoration.
Today soil degradation poses a threat to more than 40% of the world’s land surfaces and climate disruption is accelerating the process, posing a risk to our climate as well as global food security. 4 per 1000 was created at the COP21 Paris summit in December 2015. The name relates to the fact that increasing soil carbon by 0.4 percentage points per year across the world would translate into large scale carbon sequestration, offering one of the most cost-effective and scalable defences against climate change.
Hummingbird Technologies has developed algorithms to detect from satellite the key farming practices – such as no-till cultivation, cover crops and crop rotations – that are associated with soil restoration and agricultural sustainability. We believe that scalable monitoring and verification is essential in facilitating and incentivising widespread adoption of these practices, so we are excited to be part of this initiative and to be contributing to our shared goals.
For more information about our sustainability monitoring tools, get in touch with Matthew Guinness, our Head of Sustainability – firstname.lastname@example.org.