A farmer in South Africa. © Mike Matarasso 
A farmer in South Africa.
© Mike Matarasso

The following tools have been developed to assist in managing farms according to ecological, sustainable and integrated principles.

The GreenChoice Living Farms Reference

This document was developed jointly by WWF-SA and CSA and is a reference for any industry to develop a farmer-friendly guideline. It is structured according to environmental and social principles and contains all relevant SA legislation around agriculture. The Reference has already been used to develop guidelines for Rooibos, Barley, Mohair, and Red Meat.

Living Farms Reference (PDF - 2.86 MB)

The document is Open Source but if using the Reference to develop farmer guidelines, please contact CSA so that we may help you and/or have a record of who and how the Reference is being used.

The GreenChoice Farmer Field Book

This Farmer Field Book is a farm management system that is available in the form of record keeping books and as an Excel-based workflow. Using the spreadsheet, farmers can enter their daily farm activities such as hours tractor use, number of people weeding or clearing alien invasive plants etc. Based on labour, fertilizer and other input costs, the workflow will give the farmer reports with graphs and tables on yield per unit input, land use efficiency, biodiversity conserved, alien invasives cleared, soil and water health, human wildlife conflict, greenhouse gas emissions, and livelihoods. Carbon footprints can be determined using a carbon calculator from Unilever, The Cool Farm Tool.

The Cool Farm Tool (XLS - 1.8 MB)
The GreenChoice Farmer Field Book (XLS - 997 KB)

For more information, contact the Green Choice Manager.