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An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming

by Rainforest Alliance
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An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming
An App for That: Scaling up Sustainable Farming

The Rainforest Alliance Farmer Training App reaches millions of farmers, sharing valuable training information easily and effectively with everyone in a rural community. The app supports our efforts to promote gender equity on farms and to help improve digital skills and literacy rates for forest communities around the globe.

Female farmers (who make up 40 percent of the agricultural workforce on average) may feel intimidated to attend a training, or may have to skip training day because of a sick child or other family obligations are provided equal access to information provided through the Rainforest Alliance Farmer Training App.

This technology is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or gender. And because the information is presented in videos, photos, and graphics—farmers of all literacy levels can use the app, too. One of our partners in Guatemala explains the benefits to herself and her daughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQFkaZyzw1E

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Businesses are undergoing a digital revolution. The exponential growth of technology such as mobile payment systems, machine learning, satellite imagery, and other innovations is transforming systems and processes and generating valuable information used to make better decisions.

Together with Grameen Foundation, Mars, and other partners, the Rainforest Alliance has recently launched the SAT4Farming program, an initiative to reach thousands of smallholder cocoa producers with information and services that will allow them to improve their productivity and sustainability. It is designed to use digital technology and satellite imagery to create individual farm development plans that guide Ghanaian cocoa farmers over a seven-year period.

To overcome the obstacles, all stakeholders, including sustainability standards, NGOs, companies, and governments, must join forces to scale up digitization in the field and enable farmers—and our environment—to benefit from it on a larger scale.

Learn more about the progress we are making: https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/articles/how-digital-technology-can-improve-supply-chain-sustainability

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“The Rainforest Alliance is working diligently to improve training and technical assistance to rural farming communities. However, there aren’t always enough local technicians available to visit every farmer so we’ve been looking at different tools to improve our training capacity,” said Ria Stout, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at the Rainforest Alliance. “Being able to use this app offline enables us to reach many more farmers in all remote areas of the globe. This is very important, because these farmers have very limited access to the internet and to personalized training.”

“That’s the exciting part of this project; that we can reach millions of farmers with one simple tool. It is our hope that technology can help bridge a gap and enable smallholder farmers to leave a sustainable farm for future generations,” said Stout.

Beyond the app, farmers can also still use Rainforest Alliance’s training website, www.sustainableagriculturetraining.org, where a wide variety of practical training tools is hosted in 6 languages.

Smallholder farmers’ livelihoods depend on predictable weather patterns. With an increasingly unstable global climate, these farmers are faced with a growing challenge to produce enough food for their families and communities. Smallholder farmers produce up to 80 percent of the food supply in Asian and sub-Saharan Africa, regions where population growth is expected to mushroom to 5.2 billion in Asia, and to 2.8 billion in Africa by 2060. The challenge to feed such expanding populations cannot be underestimated.

Climate-smart agricultural best practices help farmers increase their yields, without the need to expand their farmland, and with reduced inputs. With low-cost smartphones or tablets, which are widely available globally, and with telecommunications infrastructures growing in developing nations, agricultural technology is an increasingly vital way to share information. Connecting rural farmers to climate-smart agricultural practices, each other, and the world is an important step towards climate adaptation and ensuring food security.

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For more than 30 years, the Rainforest Alliance has worked side-by-side with the farmers on the front lines of the global movement to build food security through sustainable agriculture. Today we must all invest in our shared future: our Farmer Training App reaches millions of farmers in remote and vulnerable regions with one simple tool.

The Farmer Training App helps provide forest communities with a tool to combat drought, desertification, famine and other environmental and humanitarian crises linked to climate change? Your support helps us to scale up this program, provide tablets to farmers and trainers, and expand sustainable agriculture best-practices to remote areas.

The Farmer Training App gives rural farmers around the world access to the latest climate-smart practices—along with the opportunity to share sustainable agriculture tips, photos, and videos with each other. This technology is especially important for forest communities in remote areas that lack access to traditional trainings and communication methods.

With an increasingly unstable global climate, farmers are faced with a growing challenge to produce enough for their families and for our planet. We all need to work together to rebalance our planet and ensure a sustainable future for the next generation, thank you for supporting the Farmer Training App campaign.

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The Rainforest Alliance Farmer Training App, is available for download by farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the Google Play store for Android devices.

The Farmer Training App will enable smallholder farmers to learn more about the certification standards and maintain their certification through best practices. The Rainforest Alliance aims to leverage the Farmer Training App to increase climate-smart agricultural practices on smallholder farms in remote rural areas.

Via internet service, farmers can download the app and connect to other farmers, sharing best practices and pictures. Offline, a series of agriculture training modules and videos are accessible, on topics ranging from occupational health and safety to ecosystem conservation. Farmers can also do a quick test to measure their farm against the 2017 SAN Standard, or to record training sessions.

“The Rainforest Alliance is working diligently to improve training and technical assistance to rural farming communities. However, there aren’t always enough local technicians available to visit every farmer so we’ve been looking at different tools to improve our training capacity,” said Ria Stout, Director of Sustainable Agriculture at the Rainforest Alliance. “Being able to use this app offline enables us to reach many more farmers in all remote areas of the globe. This is very important, because these farmers have very limited access to the internet and to personalized training.”

“That’s the exciting part of this project; that we can reach millions of farmers with one simple tool. It is our hope that technology can help bridge a gap and enable smallholder farmers to leave a sustainable farm for future generations,” said Stout.

Smallholder farmers’ livelihoods depend on predictable weather patterns. With an increasingly unstable global climate, these farmers are faced with a growing challenge to produce enough food for their families and communities. Smallholder farmers produce up to 80 percent of the food supply in Asian and sub-Saharan Africa, regions where population growth is expected to mushroom to 5.2 billion in Asia, and to 2.8 billion in Africa by 2060. The challenge to feed such expanding populations cannot be underestimated.

Climate-smart agricultural best practices help farmers increase their yields, without the need to expand their farmland, and with reduced inputs. With low-cost smartphones or tablets, which are widely available globally, and with telecommunications infrastructures growing in developing nations, agricultural technology is an increasingly vital way to share information. Connecting rural farmers to climate-smart agricultural practices, each other, and the world is an important step towards climate adaptation and ensuring food security.

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