FarmFinder / UNDP Covid-19 Response
Location: BARBADOS & OECS
Start Date: August 17, 2020
End Date: Ongoing
FarmFinder and the United Nations Development Programme have partnered to come up with viable solutions to improve livelihoods of farmers and fisherfolk during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this global catastrophe, this joint initiative will focus on advancing the digital uptake of economic activity across these digitally marginalized sectors, while also reviewing and enhancing the food traceability system, with a view to ensuring quality in the supply chain.
In this picture, members of FarmFinder and the United Nations Development Programme conduct a joint field assessment on a producer’s operations in Barbados. The assessment is the first step in FarmFinder’s on-boarding process to have producers items marketed on the website. Ares covered in the assessment were:
- Site Requirements and Location
- Buildings, Storage and Equipment
- Personal Hygiene
- Harvesting, Field Packaging and Product Handling Practices
- Water Management
- Storage and Transport
- Soil Management
- Waste Disposal
- Traceability and Record Keeping
The next step in the process focuses on quality assurance and piloting a basic traceability system with the producer, to ensure that he is a better positions to analyze his inputs, while enhancing the quality assurance framework in the supply chain.