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Farmer Field Book

Many small-scale producers have limited insight into the relation between their investments and profitability. Similarly, investors in sustainability programmes are often unsure which of their interventions contribute most to enhanced farm-level productivity and profitability and how this affects their performance. 

The Farmer Field Book (FFB) is a software package with which farmers can keep track of their daily activities and investments. Supply chain managers and donors can generate agronomic and economic profit & loss statements for farmers and analyse the performance of their sustainability programmes. Currently, the FFB is implemented in 9 countries with over 6,000 farmers with 5 supply chain management companies, 2 manufacturers and 3 donors.

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Farmer Field Book

  • Customizable
  • Adaptable crops, countries and languages
  • Data-driven and fact-based
  • Confidential and secure

A sample of farmers records activities, inputs and outputs on a daily basis. Company field staff collects paper forms weekly or bi-weekly, after which data is digitised using FFB software. Farmers receive annual Profit & Loss statements and group reports, while companies and donors receive reports with advanced statistical analysis on programme effects and drivers of productivity and profitability. Yearly training sessions for participating farmers are held to discuss their results. Software and recording forms can be adapted to the local context (language, units of measurement, crops and products used, farming systems).

Benefits for farmers

  • Annual profit & loss statement
  • Insight in cost of inputs, tools and labour
  • Insight in effort and activities
  • Insight in sales volume and prices
  • Benchmark with other farmers in community
  • Annual workshop on interpretation and planning
  • Assess activities, cost and profit
  • Assess investments and returns

Benefits for companies

  • Annual supply chain analysis report
  • Insight in farming business case
  • Understanding farmer supply base
  • Understanding farmer loyalty
  • Farmer segmentation
  • Impact measurement of program interventions
  • Input into crop forecasting
  • Input into carbon footprint analysis

Case studies Farmer Field Book

Farmer Field Book for ISLA Vietnam

IDH’s landscapes programme, ISLA, works together with government, business and civil society to improve livelihoods and contribute to economic development while minimizing environmental harm. One of the focus regions is the Central Highlands region in Vietnam. To gain a better understanding of the effects of its interventions on farmers, industry and landscapes, rigorously collected data […]

Farmer segmentation for optimised service delivery

By assignment of IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative, Agri-Logic conducts 4 farmer segmentation studies to optimise service delivery by Supply Chain Management companies to farmers, in order to increase the impact at farmer level. Many supply chain companies offer services to smallholder farmers to improve productivity, quality and profitability at farm level, and to secure their […]

Farmer Field Book implementation Ghana

Sustainable Management Services Ghana (part of Ecom group), a number of its chocolate manufacturing clients and IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative run a large scale sustainability programme in Ghana targeting tens of thousands of cocoa farmers. The programme aims to improve their productivity, profitability and in turn enhance farmer loyalty. All parties expressed a need […]