Leading global organizations including SAI Platform dedicated to advancing safe and sustainable practices for food security will work together to develop an open global registry recognizing the contribution of farmers and small agricultural businesses to the world’s food systems. The partners will provide millions of ‘blue numbers’ free of charge to any farmer or business, in any part of a food value chain, that creates a public profile with basic information such as who they are, what they grow and their GPS coordinates. They can also selectively share additional information such as whether they have any certifications for local or international good agricultural practice. The group hopes a common understanding of safe and sustainable agricultural practices will gradually develop, allowing governments, companies and NGOs to focus on designing and delivering affordable training and education for family farmers and SMEs to access.
This initiative complements the work SAI Platform is already undertaking with ITC to develop an online, free-of-charge tool –based on the Platform’s Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA)- for farmers to assess their sustainable agriculture practices and share their results with buyers, saving time and resources while improving market access. It also helps our members and other companies alike to meet their sustainable sourcing targets.