Working with cooperatives simplifies logistics. avoiding collecting crops from individual farmers in rural locations, and peer-pressure helps to keep up good practices.
Cooperatives help our suppliers to understand where to focus investment, such as in warehousing for crops.For the farmers, they have greater negotiating power and benefit from group training.
Cooperatives also play a crucial role in rolling our partnership supplier codes. For those farmers with low literacy, we provide pictorial posters for display on cooperative buildings, while cooperatives are also empowered to sign on behalf of the farmers, auditing to ensure compliance.
The challenge now is reaching farmers who are not yet organised into farmer groups and have very low productivity, which some NGOs have rightly highlighted as a concern. This requires a multi-stakeholder approaches.