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

Partnership period: : July 2014 – August 2018

Country: Guatemala

ACHIEVEMENTS: Nine businesses in Guatemala have purchased the Farmforce software, providing electronic traceability for 6,300 smallholder farmers. 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 four new countries in the region. Fourteen businesses in Guatemala have purchased the Farmforce software, providing electronic traceability for more than 5,564 smallholder farmers, plus three more in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Honduras.

PURPOSE: Provide Guatemalan producers with tracking abilities needed for exporters to comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s 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 helps exporters comply with Global Good Agricultural Practice requirements. Farmforce is customizable and can track pesticide use, location, electronic loan payments, and mobile phone receipts.