Until now, accessing detailed information about farms has been a struggle with our vast network of smallholders living in remote areas. Previously, our field staff have had to collect information using pen and paper, a laborious process, limiting use of data and scalability. Olam Farmer Information System (“OFIS”) solves this issue by analysing smallholder farm data. So far over 248,850 farmers in over 20 countries have been registered in the system, we are aiming for 500,000 by 2020.
With this data we can now provide personalised farm management plans - something these farmers have never had before.
“OFIS is game-changing for 3 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.”