Farmforce in a Nutshell

 

Digitizing Supply Chain Data

Our mission is to deliver digital solutions to secure sustainable sourcing, improve farmer quality of life and protect the environment.

 

Large Scale Solution to Manage Small Scale Farming

Launched in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012, Farmforce supports local and global agribusinesses to understand where their products originate and how they were grown.

Farmforce is a cloud-based mobile platform that extends digital management to the agricultural “first mile” and specifically to the management of smallholder farming schemes. Farmforce uses mobile technology to replace existing paper-based processes and thereby provide traceability to the field level, increase management information and transparency, document compliance with any food and sustainability standards (FairTrade, Rainforest Alliance, Organic) and simplify audits.

Contact us for a free evaluation of your sourcing operations by our international experts.

 

Features and Functionalities

Farmforce: Enabling Sustainable Engagement with Farmers

At its core, Farmforce is a tool for engaging with farmers. Our web and mobile platform enables more transparent and effective engagement between organization and smallholder farmers, driving mutual value. Over six years, we’ve built, continuously improved and deployed world-wide deep functionality to support your operations in the office and in remote rural areas across emerging markets.

Whether you’re a Multinational procuring sustainable cocoa from farmer cooperatives, a local agribusiness procuring crops for brewing, a farmer group exporting certified horticulture abroad or an NGO working to improve the livelihooods of 10,000+ farmers, we have specific capabilities for you to build a digital-enabled organization with visibility over your operations and impact.

Farmforce Premium Traceability

see Cargill’s case study

Farmforce funcionality for high value traceable corps – e.g. cocoa, nuts, tea, coffee and spices

1. Bag-level Traceability
By attaching a barcode to a bag of cocoa, that barcode is now digitally linked to a farmer’s field and a certification status that can ensure product credibility down the value chain

2. Quota Management
With real-time, farmer specific purchase records on Farmforce, you can track how much cocoa a farmer has delivered towards a certified quota

3. Harvest Payments
Build a transparent record trail at the point of harvest purchase and select how the farmer is paid via cash, towards outstanding loans or via mobile money

4. Harvest Purchases
Record purchases made from individual farmers in the field and print a receipt

5. Disperse Input Loans
Support farmer productivity with inputs given at the start of the season on credit, tracked on Farmforce

6. Certification Audits
Collect the data necessary for certification compliance via Farmforce in a transparent process, giving your customers confidence in the authencity of your products

7. Dynamic Farmer Database
Know about the farmers you source from and where their fields are located with GPS mapping of fields

8. Rebagging
To ensure product authenticity

9. Premium Management
Generate premium payments from certified purchasing records in Farmforce

Farmforce Standard Advance Farming

see Psaltry’s case study

Farmforce functionality for advance farming management – e.g. sourcing cassava, sorghum and barley for breweries

1. Real-time, Digital Farmer Database
Supply chain visibility, see farmer’s fields locations on GoogleEarth overlay to strategically plan trainings and harvest procurement sites

2. Conduct Farmer Trainings
Pass on best practices to farmers and track GPS-tagged attendance as staff train groups on new techniques. Remind farmers of trainings with two-way SMS communication

3. Disperse Input Loans
Support farmer productivity with inputs given at the start of the season on credit. Avoid loans to ‘ghost farmers’ while building a digital credit history for your producers

4. Field Staff Management
Monitor performance with near real-time logs of field data entered by staff to increase efficiency while reducing fraud. All data is GPS-tagged and time stamped

5. SMS with Farmers
Communicate upcoming trainings and input applications via a simple interface. Farmers can respond by SMS, including to request agronomic assistance

6. Mid-Season Yield Forecasting
Field officers can record yield status per field, with information aggregated for management to production status and forewarn on potential shortfalls

7. Harvest Payments
Purchase crops with the app generating payment amounts based on kgs and prices set by management. Select to pay via cash, mobile money or towards outstanding loans

8. Bluetooth Printers and Scales
Professionlize farmer interactions with receipts detailing delivered quality, price and payment from a hand-held printer and reduce fraud with Bluetooth scales

9. Loan Repayment and Purchase
Improve repayment rates by deducting loan payments from harvest purchases while seeing the repayments status of each loan

 

Farmforce Light Visibility

Farmforce functionalities for light visibility (digital farmer database, GPS field mapping and unlimited custom surveys) – e.g. INGOs programmes

The platform supports commercial procurement goals while enabling professional relationships with small scale farmers for market-based agricultural development.

1. Dynamic Farmer Database
Know about the farmers you source from and where their fields are located with GPS mapping

2. Certification Audits
Collect all the data necessary for certification compliance via Farmforce in a transparent process, giving your customers confidence in the authencity of your products

3. Disperse Input Loans
Support farmer productivity with inputs given at the start of the season on credit, tracked on Farmforce

4. Harvest Purchases
Record purchases made from individual farmers in the field and print a receipt

5. Harvest Payments
Build a transparent record trail at the point of harvest purchase, select how the farmer is paid via cash, towards outstanding loans or via mobile money

6. Quota Management
With real-time, farmer specific purchase records on Farmforce, you can track how much cocoa a farmer has delivered towards a certified quota

7. Bag-level Traceability
By attaching a barcode to a bag of cocoa, that barcode is now digitally linked to a farmer’s field and a certification status that can ensure product credibility down the value chain

 

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