Olam Farmer Information System

    Ending the isolation of rural farming and boosting traceability.

    Many of the estimated five million smallholder farmers from whom we buy both directly and via intermediaries, live and work in isolation from online connectivity and digital tools. So they can’t benefit from those innovations and we can’t support them effectively or report accurately on their progress.

    The Olam Farmer Information System, or OFIS, is a novel survey tool that bridges that gap. OFIS allows our field staff to collect data, record GPS data points for farms and social infrastructure, manage training activities and track all "first mile" transactions, including financing, input distribution and crop purchases. This yields comprehensive and detailed models of what's happening, so that farmers and other participants in the supply chain can maximise the effectiveness of their efforts.

    Just as importantly, it allows us greater visibility, which results in development plans crafted to meet farmer needs, and more accurate reporting on sustainability, social justice and other positive business indicators. It’s a key input tool for AtSource, Olam's revolutionary sustainability insights platform for agricultural supply chains. So far, over 550k farmers in over 30 countries have been registered in the system, and we continue to rollout OFIS in 2021. 

    “OFIS is game-changing for three main reasons: the ability to embrace more farmers in the financial system; the level of transparency in the supply chain that we can offer customers into their sustainability programmes; and, finally, the impact that OFIS can have on Olam’s own sustainability initiatives. We can now harness the power of the data we collect in an entirely new way. Before, we could see crop yields were changing but we didn’t know exactly why. OFIS helps us to understand the big picture.”

     

    Andrew Brooks
    Head of Cocoa Sustainability, ofi

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