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Supply chains and organic gains - Weeks 1-2 MA Cambodia 2018

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Jack Ryan
Jack Ryan | Jan 12, 2018 | in Knowledge Base

The Market Analysis team is striving towards its goals for the month with the 110% hustle that Project requires. One of our main goals for the month is to establish the workings of the Siem Reap farm produce supply chain. This understanding is crucial for the long-term success of FarmEd’s blueprints so that we have a better idea of where farmers’ increased blueprint yields will go.

 

Supply chain

 

Cambodia is a country which imports the vast majority of its fruit and vegetables, mostly from Vietnam, China and Thailand from our findings. However, the big picture of how produce (either exports or local) makes it to market is murky. Our progress on this has been steady, with each brainstorm and market visit uncovering new information and debunking old assumptions. For the remaining weeks we aim to cement the mechanisms of this supply chain for the February team to work off.

 

Organics

 

The desire for organic products in the Siem Reap market is clear. Generally, imported food is inorganic but it’s cheaper. This means that consumers who do not have the disposable income to spend a little extra on local organic options often choose to buy imported produce. Under the umbrella of SDG 2’s goal to improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, we have surveyed both farmers and market sellers on their awareness of organic produce. We have found that the gap between what the term ‘organic’ means to Cambodians needs to be addressed. For example, one man we spoke to said that his father used organic methods while later saying that he used a poison to manage insects.

 

Workshops and app

 

We’ve also been working on FarmEd’s two other products, the workshop and smartphone app. FarmEd will offer workshops as a low-cost educational option to supplement the blueprint, which involves an agricultural expert teaching sustainable, organic techniques to farmers. The techniques aim to integrate organic practice and permaculture methods to improve crop yields and reduce the need for external inputs. Next week we will hold a focus group with local agricultural experts and farmers to empathise with what they see as the best way to engage farmers in these workshops.

 

In the long-term, FarmEd’s aim is to develop a smartphone app for farmers’ use. Farmers will be able to access a chatbot to ask questions, keep records to aid quality control, obtain a market plan to distribute this product and identify pests. To build the latter, Market Analysis must take and label 1000 photos this month to match December’s effort in building a database of photos of pests and diseases.

 

We’re loving the opportunity to contribute what we can to this beautiful country. We know we’ve got a lot do but we’ll continue to work hard to set up the Feb team for continued success.

edited on 12th January 2018, 09:01 by Jack Ryan

Darcy Connaghan Jul 1, 2018

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