Traceability for Palm Oil now Commercially Available

Over the last two years Geotraceability has been working with the largest names in the palm oil sector to develop a ground-breaking software solution to assist with some of the industry’s key sourcing challenges.

Geotraceability’s purpose is to better integrate small-scale farmers in global supply chains. We do this by providing tools to, improve supplier relationship management, deliver traceability, increase FFB volume and quality for the mill, then, using the same data, we can simultaneously produce individualised Farm Business Plans, to improve smallholder productivity and livelihoods.

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Our approach involves adapting and configuring the Geotraceability system according to your needs and the processes which already exist in your business. We then combine this with our specialist in-house support and training services, to offer cost-effective and scalable solutions for;

 

  • Accurate GPS farm mapping
  • Farmer surveys on mobile Apps

  • FFB supplier quality management & analysis

  • Bespoke FFB traceability systems from field-to-mill

  • Live dashboards with total system synchronisation

  • Tailored productivity improvement plans for growers

Following the completion of a successful prototype, we can now offer this solution at a very attractive commercial rate both for initial set-up and on-going cost.

See the GeoT for palm oil briefing for more information and please get in touch if you’d like to see a demo of the solution or have any questions.

Please also note that Geotraceability will be at the upcoming RSPO EU Roundtable in London, June 12-13th, 2017, and we’d be happy to arrange a meeting with you in person.

ALUR Highlands Coffee Alliance Project

Over the last 4 years, the ALUR Highlands Coffee Alliance (AHCA) has made a significant investment to support the development of the coffee market in rural northern Uganda. But what has the impact been?

The project works with farmers in an area of low income and high poverty. To date, over 16,000 farmers have been supported. The average age of the farmers is 46, and they have an average of 5 children. To improve the livelihoods of these farmers, the programme has provided extensive training on farming practices. This has included the development of demonstration plots for farmers to learn in a hands-on and visual environment.

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The GeoTraceability System has been used to collect data on the farmers (including GPS coordinates to create a map of their fields, socio-economic data and production data). The System has also been used to record the training delivered to each farmer and the location of the demonstration plots, nurseries and warehouses.

As the project draws to a close, the key activity is to evaluate its success and determine what lessons need to be taken forwards to future projects. As part of this assessment, the GeoTraceability System is being used to re-collect data on 5,000 farmers. The re-collection will include questions asked during the initial data-collection, as well as additional questions to assess the attitude of the farmers. To collect the data, a mobile application is being used, which is able to work off-line in the field where internet access is limited. Field agents then upload the collected data when they return to the programme office. With the data collected it will be possible to clearly see visually the impact of the project initiatives using the GeoTraceability on-line platform.

Another activity currently being undertaken by the project team is to find organisations to continue using the System and existing data once the current project ends later this year. If this is of interest to you, please contact Hannah h.hobden@geotraceability.com

The 4th Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture

GeoTraceability’s CEO, Pierre Courtemanche, will be delivering a keynote speech on ‘the contribution of smallholder framers to food and nutrition security in Asia’ at the 4th Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture

Asia has the largest number of smallholder producers in the world. Pierre will share his views on the importance of effective engagement with these smallholder producers based on the work GeoT is doing throughout Asia to support organisations engage more effectively with this vital group.

The conference will take place 14th and 15th March at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.

Join us at the forum and be part of the discussion! http://bit.ly/2kxQCDM

Proposing a new deal to cocoa producers

Significant investments have been made over the last 35 years to support smallholder cocoa producers, mostly in Africa, but also in Asia and South America. Local governments and development agencies were the first to support producers with programmes focusing on training, accessing credit facilities and building the capacities of producers’ organisations. Private organisations joined the effort in the 1990s with ‘Public Private Partnerships’ facilitated by donors’ money. I’ve been an implementer, working

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