Overview

Many small-scale producers have limited insight into the relation between their investments and profitability. Similarly, investors in sustainability programmes are often unsure which of their interventions contribute most to enhanced farm-level productivity and profitability and how this affects their performance. The Farmer Field Book is a software package with which farmers can keep track of their daily activities and investments. Supply chain managers and donors can generate agronomic and economic Profit&Loss statements for farmers and analyse the performance of their sustainability programmes. Currently, the FFB is implemented in 9 countries with over 6,000 farmers with 5 supply chain management companies, 2 manufacturers and 3 donors.

 

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Special Features

  • Fully customizable and adaptable to different crops, countries and languages
  • Collect, manage and analyse big data
  • Detailed and reliable
  • Reduced dependency on recall data
  • Data remains with company – confidential and secure
  • Includes a feedback loop to farmers so they can benefit from their data recording efforts
  • Includes a module to calculate product environmental foot-prints (carbon, pesticides and water)
  • Possibility to calculate scenarios (e.g. price changes, increase in labor cost) 

Benefits for implementing companies

  • Company level report with detailed supply chain analysis
  • Optional cluster analysis of data to fine-tune service delivery to farmers based on their performance, location or profile.
  • Better understanding of farmers in your supply chain
  • Possibility to fine-tune crop forecasting
  • Measure effects of project interventions (e.g. input packages, training)
  • Analyse your project’s Return on Investment
  • Understand the relation between farming practices (pruning, weeding, etc.), input use and yield or income
  • Insight into farmer loyalty (comparing recorded production with deliveries)
  • Detailed farmer performance track record to assist in access to credit

Benefits for farmers

  • Individual farmer reports each year (Profit & Loss statements): Overview of inputs, labour, costs, activities, sales; in total and per unit land (ha, acre…) or tree
  • Group reports comparing different farmers against each other or against benchmarks
  • Annual training session by field staff on how to interpret results and use them to improve farm management
  • Farmers gain insight in costs, cost allocation, turnover and profits
  • Farmers can optimise their investment
  • Farmers can compare themselves to peers and learn from each other 

How it works

A sample of farmers records activities, inputs and outputs on a daily basis. Company field staff collects paper forms weekly or bi-weekly, after which data is digitised using FFB software. Farmers receive annual Profit & Loss statements and group reports, while companies and donors receive reports with advanced statistical analysis on programme effects and drivers of productivity and profitability. Yearly training sessions for participating farmers are held to discuss their results.Software and recording forms can be adapted to the local context (language, units of measurement, crops and products used, farming systems).

Want to learn more?

Contact Agri-Logic to find out more about the benefits and possibilities of the Farmer Field Book for your organisation.

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