We help certified farmer groups with digitizing their internal control system as part of their certification program. Most farmer group have a lot of knowledge on the crop itself, agricultural practices, farmer training, certification standards, etc. However they often lack IT related knowledge on how to digitize their activities. Common challenges are:
- What software to buy,
- How to design a good electronic internal inspection form,
- Where to keep the data and documents,
- How to analyse the data and get the information they need to comply to the Standards or to communicate to their member farmers.
Think Data help farmer groups addressing these challenges and to implement a workable and affordable system that they can use and own independently.
Most farmer groups have a low budget for digitization activities. Think has developed a software called AuditAide, which is a low-cost and low-tech software solution designed for farmer-based organisations that are engaged in group certification of sustainability standards.
The software complements the Internal Management System (IMS) of certified farmer groups, which is a basic requirement for their certification program.
Many smaller farmer groups face challenges to set up and maintain an efficient IMS and in most cases there is not enough budget for software. For those groups AuditAide is an ideal solution to further professionalize their certification program without making large investments.
Main AuditAide system components
- Data collection solution (paper-based or mobile device)
- Data processing & Data analysis software
- AuditAide methodology (road map)
Different processes AuditAide can be used for
- Internal inspections
- Farm assessments
- Farmer surveys
- Yield assessments
- Other activities that require field data collection
- Simple IMS document management
THINK Data provides a methodology for easy implementation of an improved data collection, data processing and data analysis system. This methodology is in line with the requirements of most existing sustainable agriculture standards, such as UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance or FairTrade. Below the basis steps or stages of our roadmap.
Development of Internal Standard and other training materials
Smart form design for internal inspections in line with criteria of the Standards
Communication skills and data collection training for field staff
Field data collection
With mobile devices or scanner readable forms
Data cleaning and automated assessment of inspection forms
Analyse data with standard and customized reports for improved decision making