Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS)

Using data to give farmers better support

We buy produce from roughly 2.56 million smallholder farmers (both directly and via third-parties). Many of these farmers live and work in isolation with no access to the internet. This lack of connectivity means farmers don’t benefit from digital innovation, and we can’t support them effectively or report properly on their progress.

 

OFIS is a survey tool we built to bridge that gap. Our field teams use OFIS to collect data (such as farm and community infrastructure locations), manage training activities, and track financing, input distribution and purchases precisely.

With a clearer view of what’s happening on the ground, we - and the farmers we work with - can maximize the effectiveness of our efforts. At the same time, the detailed data allows us to plan development programs that are better suited to farmers’ needs. Finally, it means we can report more precisely on sustainability, social justice, and other business indicators.

 

So far, over 550,000 farmers in more than 30 countries have registered on OFIS. We feed the data from OFIS into AtSource, giving customers a clear and detailed view of their supply chains.

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7 principles for improving economic opportunity for farmers and rural communities

Smallholder farmers are the foundation of the global agriculture and food sector. It’s estimated that they produce around 30% of total crop production, making them critical to global food security. Olam relies on around 5 million smallholders for crops like cashew, cocoa, coffee, cotton and rice.

Olam are finalists for the Responsible Business Awards

Olam has been highly commended at Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Awards. Held at the Waldorf Hilton in London, our Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) achieved second place in the Best Sustainable Innovation category. OFIS was praised by the judges as “a much needed innovative initiative in a field that has seen a lot of attention.”

100,000 smallholders registered to Olam’s ‘one-stop tech platform’ for improved yield, traceability and financial access

Recent enhancements to the Olam Farmer Information System (OFIS) mean that 100,000 smallholder farmers now benefit from access to detailed information about their farms and many of their international customers now have unparalleled visibility into the production of emerging market crops like cashew and coffee.

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