Savory Institute Org Inc

The Savory Institute facilitates the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands through Holistic Management to address the global issues of desertification, climate change, and food and water insecurity.

aka Savory Institute   |   Boulder, CO   |  www.savory.global

Mission

The Savory Institute's mission is to facilitate the large-scale regeneration of the world's grasslands through Holistic Management.

The organization's educational consulting activities are turning deserts into thriving grasslands, restoring biodiversity, bringing streams, rivers and water sources back to life, combating poverty and hunger, and increasing sustainable food production, all while putting an end to global climate change.

Ruling year info

2013

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Mrs. Daniela Ibarra-Howell

Main address

885 Arapahoe Ave

Boulder, CO 80302 USA

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EIN

45-4134319

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Grasslands are vast landscapes occupying 5 billion hectares of land. They have the capacity, if properly managed, to address some of humanity's most urgent challenges such as water and food insecurity, poverty, and climate change. Currently they are desertifying at alarming rates. Holistic Management of grasslands results in the regeneration of soils, increased productivity and biological diversity, as well as economic and social well-being.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land to Market program

Savory’s Land to Market program, supported by the robust metrics of the EOV land monitoring protocol, connects conscientious buyers, brands, and retailers directly to farms and ranches verified to be regenerating their land, creating the world’s first and only outcomes-based verified regenerative sourcing solution for the food and fiber industries. With hundreds of products on store shelves already carrying the Land to Market Verified seal, the program is creating marketplace pathways and differentiation for farmers and ranchers that are providing the gold standard of land regeneration through their agricultural management. By doing so, we are reducing the barriers to entry and easing the process for conventional farmers to change their practices and embrace regenerative agriculture.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

The Savory Global Network is comprised of regionally-based Savory Hubs (learning centers) and Accredited Professionals (field educators and land verifiers), which together form the scale-up mechanism for increasing adoption of Holistic Management (HM). Developed by Allan Savory in the 1960’s, HM has been proven in a wide variety of contexts to regenerate grasslands, build soil, increase biodiversity, and sequester significant amounts of carbon while also improving social and economic outcomes. Savory Hubs are all locally owned and operated training centers that, through Accredited Professionals, provide HM training, resources, and implementation support to local farmers and ranchers. With an intimate knowledge of local culture, economy, policies, and environment, Hubs are able to mentor producers and help them implement these regenerative management practices in a culturally-relevant and ecologically-appropriate manner that is specific to a particular region.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) is a comprehensive land-monitoring protocol that tracks both leading and lagging indicators of ecosystem function trended over time. It provides farmers with the tools to make informed land management decisions for desired outcomes. The methodology was developed with soil scientists, ecologists, agronomists, and regenerative land managers from, among others, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, and The Nature Conservancy. The EOV program collects data from all Savory Institute projects worldwide, entering this information into a digital platform. For a particular land area to maintain its EOV Verified status, it must demonstrate positive ecological progress year over year. Numerous food brands and meat and dairy producers use the EOV protocol to prove the sustainable origins of their products as part of Savory's Land to Market program.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Farmers

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Related Program

Global Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Land Managers Trained

Area of land, in hectares, indirectly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Related Program

Global Network

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hectares of land managed holistically

Number of training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Related Program

Global Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courses and training events held by Hubs globally

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Savory Institute is working to reverse desertification of the world's grasslands through the implementation of holistic, regenerative grazing practices that honor the co-evolved symbiotic relationship between grasslands and grazing herbivores, resulting in increased soil carbon drawdown, more soil water holding capacity, a substantial increase in forage production, biological diversity, and profitability to farming communities.

The Savory Institute is focused primarily on equipping farmers, ranchers, and pastoralists with the skills, knowledge, and support to regenerate land. This is accomplished through the creation of a decentralized nodal network of accredited regional learning centers (Savory Hubs) and field educators and land verifiers (Accredited Professionals) who together form the Savory Global Network, working directly with local land managers to provide Holistic Management training, resources, and implementation support, as well as land monitoring and verification through Savory’s Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) protocol. With an intimate knowledge of local culture, economy, policies, and environment, the Network is able to mentor producers and help them implement these regenerative management practices in a culturally-relevant and ecologically-appropriate manner that is specific to a particular region.

Savory's Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) protocol provides land managers with robust scientific proof of land regeneration that can be used to gain access to capital, market differentiation, or just to inform management decisions.

Savory’s Land to Market program, supported by the robust metrics of the EOV protocol, connects conscientious buyers, brands, and retailers directly to farms and ranches verified to be regenerating their land, creating the world’s first and only outcomes-based verified regenerative sourcing solution for the food and fiber industries.

In addition, Savory Institute periodically engages with municipalities, governments, and other NGO’s to collaborate on multi-year large-scale projects that build capacity within a region to scale the use of regenerative land management practices. Examples of special projects include joint efforts with Heifer International in Senegal, with The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, and with ADRA in Mongolia. These projects pull in AP's from the Network to be utilized for training, EOV to verify project outcomes, and Land to Market to create marketplace opportunities when appropriate.

The Savory Institute was founded by Allan Savory, the originator of the Holistic Management framework, as well other long-time holistic practitioners who together have decades of hands-on experience regenerating grasslands across all corners of the globe. This expertise has now been scaled out to the next generation with the creation of the Savory Global Network who are able to reach more land managers and land bases. These entrepreneurial solutionaries and forward-thinking organizations are joining forces with the Savory Institute through Network accreditation to realize the needed scale of grasslands regeneration. With a deep understanding of their socio-cultural, economic, political, and ecological contexts, and the training and tools provided by the Savory Institute, these leaders work with land-owners and -managers to ensure that Holistic Management is being implemented to the gold standard. Supported by the Savory Institute, they also engage with local policymakers, NGOs, investors, and market partners to build awareness and collaborations to help remove barriers and create enhanced conditions for success.

We are on the brink of affecting major change at the landscape level. The Savory Global Network currently operates across six continents training, equipping, and mentoring new Hubs and educators. Since 2009, we have achieved the following impact:

• 50 Global Hubs
• 155 Accredited Professionals (i.e. educators)
• 14,069 farmers/ranchers/pastoralists trained
• 15.9 million hectares of land holistically managed

Savory’s big audacious goal for 2025 is to influence management on 1 billion hectares of land and make a significant dent in carbon drawdown before it is too late. Through a growing global network and new programs in the pipeline to accelerate adoption, this goal is not just achievable, but necessary to create a livable planet for many generations to come.

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Savory Institute Org Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Allan Savory

Savory Institute

Term: 2013 -

Jody Butterfield

Savory Institute

Daniela Howell

Savory Institute

John Fullerton

Capital Institute

Jason Knoll

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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