FairMatch Support and ChainPoint teamed up for a webinar on “Using training and ICT-solutions to improve smallholder livelihood and sustainable production”. 

Learn from Herman uit de Bosch, from FairMatch Support, how to engage with smallholder farmers and how to employ best on-the-ground practices. ChainPoints Geoff Taylor presents a live software demo which shows how the results of training and improvement programmes can be measured and analysed. 

Five things you will learn:

  1. On-the-ground initiatives such as expert training can really make a difference to smallholders. If smallholders can improve quality and yield, and if they can move towards sustainable production, then expertise, such as that offered by FairMatch Support, is really giving smallholders an increasingly bright future. And the local impact can be the difference between children going to school or not, so it’s really important to support smallholders as much as we can.

  2. But it’s not just about the smallholders! It’s about creating a win-win situation where the whole supply chain benefits from the improvements that can be made. By helping smallholders, the industry helps itself with better quality, greater yield and a greater assurance about future supplies.

  3. Any improvement steps that you can show and validate might be valuable for your CSR marketing – for example schooling in the local area.

  4. Measuring key data helps to identify smallholders with growth potential. Whilst you might purchase commodities from a broad range of smallholders, you’ll want to target your investment in smallholders wisely by investing in high-potential smallholders.

  5. You cannot know how effective on-the-ground investments are unless you can measure the improvements being made. To do that, you need technology, such as ChainPoint, to bring all KPI data together and turn it into actionable information which can influence the next round of training initiatives and investments. Additionally, you’ll probably want to make some of this information transparently available across various tiers of the supply chain.

  6. To summarise: It’s about using technology to drive continuous improvement, whilst strategically targeting your investments.