Smallholder Empowerment &
Social Compliance

What’s on your mind

How can I extend the traceability of my supply chain to incorporate all kinds of farmers for a better monitoring and for having an impact on local circumstances?

Smallholder traceability & sourcing area monitoring

  • Mapping and Monitoring of supply chains
  • Training for sustainability and traceability
  • Risk evaluation of feedstocks and stakeholders
  • Customized track and trace databases and app

Smallholder certification – Improving market access

  • Customized training for farmers and smallholders
  • Support to achieve sustainability certification
  • Identification and calculation of supply chain emissions
  • Trainings to achieve sustainability certification

Rural livelihood improvement

  • Supply chain mapping and hotspot analyses
  • Training on good agricultural practices
  • Risk evaluation, management & mitigation
  • Facilitate access to finance

Social & human rights responsibility

  • Baseline assessment to understand needs and gaps
  • Trainings to improve leadership, business and management skills
  • Capacity building and skills development
  • Promotion of market opportunities in sustainable markets

Work Case

Enhancement of smallholders livelihood and productivity

Approach

MCS conducts the project in 4 basic steps:

  1. Baseline assessment
  2. Data collection
  3. Gap analysis, training & implementation of measures
  4. Monitoring & roll-out to whole supply chain

Overview

An Indonesian company is interested in the inclusion of smallholder farmers into their sustainably certified supply chain. Next to the certification of farmers, the company is interested in enhancing the productivity of farmers on already existing plantation areas to reach the following goals: increase farmers livelihood, receive larger quantities of raw material as well as reduce the pressure of farmers on natural resources.

The customer has asked Meo Carbon Solutions to support in the implementation of measures in order to reach the mentioned goals. The project will be structured in two phases: a pilot project regarding a small region and roll-out phase for the whole supply chain.

Step 1: Baseline assessment

MCS assesses in detail the supply chain of the company. In particular, focus is placed on collecting all available information on the supply chain of the company with special focus on the smallholder farmers. This is required in order to gain a full understanding of the status quo and define a pilot region where to start the project.

Step 2: Data collection

MCS collects farmer data in the pilot region using mobile applications and a cloud-based database to store the data. A Mapping App is implemented to collect all relevant farmer data (e.g. basic data, financial data), field data (e.g. crop type, yield, land right certificate), polygons of the fields and photos (ID card, land right certificate). All collected data is stored and assessed within the database and displayed in a user interface. After the collection of farmer data through the Mapping App, polygons are assessed against deforestation and overlap with areas with high biodiversity and carbon stock value. In addition, deliveries of crops between farmers and recipients (e.g. oil mills) can be digitally recorded using the Tracking App. The Tracking App provides valuable information regarding the actual harvested material and the possibility to monitor the development of the yield over time per farmer.

Please see below an exemplary figure of the traceability dashboard.

Step 3: Gap analysis, training & implementation of measures

Based on the results achieved in step 2, farmers are assessed in order to detect gaps in terms of, for example, productivity, application of good agricultural practices, market access, sustainability certification, replanting. Once an overview of the gaps is prepared per farmer, they can be clustered per specific need and ad hoc trainings can be conducted with the farmers on-site. MCS organizes trainings following the train-the-trainer concept. Trainings focus on the specific needs of the farmers and on the implementation of good agricultural practices. Once trainings are conducted, a general program for the implementation of measures can be developed. Based on the data collected in step 2 and the detected needs, farmers can also be supported regarding financial access to implement good agricultural practices (e.g. finance to conduct replanting). 

Step 4: Monitoring & roll-out across the whole supply chain

MCS supports the customer to monitor farms over time. Special focus is placed on yield improvement as a consequence of implemented good agricultural practices through the application of the Tracking App and the comparison of yields over time. Further, farmer fields are continuously monitored against new deforestation and overlap with areas with high biodiversity and carbon stock value within or in the close vicinity of the collected farmer polygons. Additionally, MCS supports the company in the roll-out of the project across the whole supply chain of the customer.

Economic Result

Increase of farmers income & amount of received raw materials

Ecological Result

Reduce pressure on natural resources

Social Result

Improvement of farmers livelihood & transparency in the supply chain

Interested in more examples? Work Case 2 – Coming soon