Towards interoperability of digital traceability systems in global agricultural supply chains

Germany’s supply chain due diligence law as well as the EU legislative proposals on deforestation-free supply chains and for an EU-wide supply chain law are presenting companies with new challenges. In future they will need to prove that they are meeting legal due diligence requirements. This creates an urgent need to trace and securely document the origins and sustainable production of agricultural products.  

While the number of traceability solutions on the market is steadily rising, data incompatibilities unfortunately often mean that the various systems are unable to exchange data. Digital solutions are barely interoperable. As a result, both producer organisations and downstream actors in the supply chain have to collect, store and convert data repeatedly – requiring greater effort and making the process more susceptible to errors.  

Digital standards for product traceability along supply chains could significantly improve efficiency and facilitate information exchange within supply chains. Such standards would serve as a basis for data exchange and reliable documentation of corporate due diligence obligations. Interoperability of traceability systems from producer to consumer would therefore benefit all actors along the supply chain, providing a way to tackle issues such as transparency, avoiding deforestation or ensuring living incomes for farmers. 

Further information on the interoperability of digital traceability solutions can also be found in our 9th edition of the INA lunch break. The online event can be accessed via the following link:

From coexistence to collaboration

The goal is a broad agreement on common open standards to support interoperability between traceability systems. From a due diligence content perspective, DIASCA focuses on regulatory requirements regarding deforestation and living incomes and wages. In view of the EU legislative proposal, DIASCA is working to develop solutions and validate them through real-world reference projects. It is intended to establish common best practice recommendations for overcoming the current challenges of data exchange between traceability applications by defining and applying global, open and cross-sectoral standards.  

DIASCA: Working together towards an interoperable ecosystem of digital solutions in agriculture to benefit producers.  

Get involved with DIASCA

The project works through a multi-actor cooperation of producer organisations, technology providers, implementing organisations, corporations and regulatory authorities. 

Join our initiative now to facilitate and support  

  • Compatibility between different systems, leading to far more efficient data exchange along agricultural supply chains; 
  • Greater efficiency of data collection at origin by making data comparable and (re-)useable for a variety of purposes; 
  • Freedom of choice and improved access to digital solutions for all supply chain actors;  
  • Participation of smallholder organisations in the benefits of due diligence legislation; 
  • Higher incomes for smallholders due to greater transparency in agricultural supply chains.