200,000 Hectares Mapped using GeoTraceability's Tools

GeoTraceability has reached a significant milestone. We now host information for over 200,000 hectares of farmland spread over 14 countries. The benefiters of this data? So far, these include consumer goods companies, retailers, researchers, NGO’s, supply chain managers and smallholder producers.

200,000 hectares is a huge amount of space. In fact, it’s 1.3 times the size of Delhi, three times the size of Jakarta and 19 times the size of Paris. This space is managed by almost as many farmers (nearly 180,000) - farmers who are based in developing nations, many of whom rely on a small proportion of land to provide for themselves and their families.

Pierre Courtemanche, GeoTraceability’s CEO, dreams that the basic information gathered by clients on each hectare will be transformed into a personalised GeoT Farm Business Plan to improve the farmer’s productivity. “Imagine what would happen if all these farms, managed by smallholder farmers, had a genuine and tailored Farm Business Plan to increase productivity. A plan with technical recommendations supported by forecasted figures on costs and revenues. This would be a huge step in professionalising the farmers, making them bankable and improving smallholder livelihoods”. This dream is now becoming a reality with the first release and testing of the Farm Business Plan Builder

Having access to information on smallholders, and the land they manage, allows other supply chain actors to (a) be better connected to the producers and (b) better understand the context in which the producers live and work.  In turn, this can help organisations to make better informed decisions on how to improve their supply base and tailor any support they provide to their producers.

Want an example of data, collected using GeoTraceability’s technologies, which has had a significant impact on smallholder farmers?

When the Carana Corporation began its Cocoa Development Project in Peru, the quantity of fertiliser it aimed to deliver to a farmer was determined by the farmer’s estimate of his field size.  But, once Carana had mapped the farmer’s cocoa fields using GeoTraceability’s GIS mapping tools, staff could deliver a much more accurate quantity of fertiliser to the farmers engaged in the programme.  As it turns out, the farmer’s declarations were well above the actual measured area of land.  The new data therefore encouraged them to reduce the amount of money they spent on fertilisers, allowing them to either save or invest these funds elsewhere.

So the question is: if you knew more about your producers, could you do more to help?

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100,000 Hectares of Farmland in our Database

Over the past year and a half, customers using GeoTraceability’s technology to support small producers have collected data on more than 100,000 hectares of farmland in 10 different countries. 

GeoTraceability uses GPS and GIS technology to put smallholders on the map. It is the first time that hard data is available on such a large number of small producers. This information has a high value to know and understand who these guys are and to support them to improve their production, farming practices and livelihood.

Thanks to this credible information we now know, for example, that the average cocoa farm size in Ghana is 1.8 ha; that 85% of the plantations are less than 30 years; 13% of the famers are share-croppers and that 29% of the farmers are female. This information is quite different from the general assumptions circulating on cocoa farming in Ghana.

There are about half a billion smallholders and small producers in developing and emerging countries. We need to rapidly improve our intelligence on them if we want to address major issues that the world is facing like food security, climate change and poverty elimination.

Peru Cocoa Alliance

GeoTraceability Ltd is delighted to announce its participation in an innovative new public/private cocoa partnership, the Peru Cocoa Alliance, alongside partners the CARANA Corporation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Source Trust and Amarjaro Tradng Ltd in a bid to raise the profitability of farming and living standards of farmers in rural Peru.

The Peru Cocoa Alliance will pursue an innovative approach to development in Peru. The Alliance intends to procure $60 million of capital from local and international socially responsible investors to promote and finance the expansion and marketing of cocoa and other crops in three formerly coca-growing regions in Peru - Huanuco, Ucayali and San Martin. It will integrate 23,000 small-scale agricultural entrepreneurs into sustainable value chains by instilling good agricultural practices and environmental protection initiatives. GeoTraceability Ltd will implement its solutions of mapping and data collection for over 26,000 ha of new plantations of cocoa. GeoTraceability is very proud to be partner of the Peru Cocoa Alliance. Over the next 4 years, GeoTracebility will train and empower local people to use its cutting edge technology.