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Mercy Corps, with Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and with Farmforce

Partnership period: : July 2014 – September 2017

Country: Guatemala

ACHIEVEMENTS: Nine businesses in Guatemala have purchased the Farmforce software, providing electronic traceability for 6,300 smallholder farmers. The number of smallholders will reach at least 15,000 by 2018. In July 2017, using funding from the USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, Partnering for Innovation signed an agreement with the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) to expand the commercialization of Farmforce to at least four new countries in the region.

PURPOSE: Provide Guatemalan producers with the tracking needed for exporters to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s anticipated Food Safety Modernization Act. Access to electronic traceability will enable Guatemalan producers to remain in the US market once the act is fully implemented.

APPROACH: Mercy Corps used the program partnership to facilitate the commercialization of Farmforce, a software developed by SFSA that provides full electronic traceability to the farm level and improves overall information management. The software replaces pen-and-paper recordkeeping and helps exporters comply with Global Good Agricultural Practice requirements. Farmforce also is customizable and can track things like pesticide use, location, electronic loan payments, and mobile phone receipts. The program partnership with Mercy Corps and SFSA ended in September 2017, but Partnering for Innovation is continuing to work directly with Farmforce until August 2018.