Why create a Smallholder Programme?
VIVE recognises that gathering information at scale at smallholder level can be time consuming, expensive and inaccurate.
Sugar mills conduct farmer out reach programmes, farm surveys and gather various levels of data unique to their own business needs however, these differ by mill and rarely meet all end users information needs. VIVE Smallholders Programme brings a common framework and meet end users requirements.
The language of sustainability and depth of information required to be evidenced at farm level can be both confusing and daunting for smallholders. VIVE Smallholders Programme has been designed to facilitate understanding and empower Farmers to understand sustainability, and improve their performance.
What is the VIVE Smallholder Programme?
The ‘VIVE Smallholder Programme’ has been developed to enable smallholders to demonstrate compliance to The Coca-Cola Company SAGP requirements.
Our set of 30 targeted questions asked directly to smallholders farmers are created to raise their awareness of ‘best practice’.
Tailored for farms less than 15 hectares, it focuses upon engaging smallholders in the importance and value of recording accurate farm level data.
The VIVE Smallholder programme is designed to be the first step on a journey of continuous improvement enabling small holders to start recording and demonstrating their sustainable practices.
How does the Smallholder Programme work?
Cloud based smart technology, deployed by mill extension officers is used to make the collection of farm level data cost effective.
Remote in-field data capture via smartphones uploaded and stored into a secure cloud-based system.
Participating mills can use the VIVE Smallholder programme survey results to demonstrate:
- 1-2-1 relationships with supplying smallholders
- Consistent accurate data capture
- Evidence of sustainable practices
- Basic level of compliance to The Coca-Cola Company SAGP