Forthcoming compliance with the US Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) could threaten Guatemalan smallholder farmer access to the United States' $280 million snow pea market. FSMA requirements will require Guatemalan exporters to adopt more extensive traceability procedures to allow importers to track production back to individual farmers.
Enter Farmforce, a mobile platform designed for aggregators managing smallholder outgrower schemes. It provides an affordable, appropriate software solution to meet aggregators' business needs.
The technology is being introduced into Guatemala by a partnership between Partnering for Innovation, Mercy Corps Guatemala, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, and Fair-Fruit, a local exporter.
Click here to see Mercy Corps' Peter Loach talk at the recent USAID Frontiers in Development Innovation Marketplace about how Farmforce is ensuring that smallholders continue to access this important agricultural market.