Trace Talks #6: Fostering inclusive value chains
​​​​​​​by closing the tech gap

About the webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the dynamics of global food supply chains are failing workers in the producing countries. Price volatility, suspended demands and low wages have driven farmers into poverty and food insecurity, rendering many value chains unable to operate with dignity.
​​​​​​​In response, new ways to break out of business as usual are emerging through innovative practices that are not only more productive and sustainable, but also more inclusive. At Fairfood, we see technology as a catalyst for this much-needed transformation, and the next Trace Talk focuses on solutions enabling companies to address the key challenges preventing us from making global supply chains more inclusive. Those are:
 - Lack of access to financial services
- Challenges related to the delivery of goods and services
- Gender inequality
- Lack of adequate supply-chain traceability

Our amazing speakers will show us how they tackle these challenges through their innovative projects. They will share the lessons learned and explain why technology enables their solutions to be impactful. 

Let’s bounce back and give our value chains a technology makeover to foster inclusivity.
​​​​​​​What you will learn:

  • What better access to financial services looks like. Swiss Capacity Building Facility will explain the importance of developing and upscaling financial products to improve the livelihoods of low-income people. 

  • Optimising the delivery of goods and services. Grameen Foundation will elaborate on how farming optimisation methods through data collection can increase land productivity and therefore the incomes of smallholder farmers as well.​​​​​​​

  • Tech for gender equality. HERproject will show how digital payments are empowering women in producer countries.

  • Traceability and fair payments. Fairfood will share how verifying payments and giving famers visibility can enhance the farmer position and their bargaining power in the supply chain​​​​​​​.

  • Marten van Gils (moderator)

    Tech director at Fairfood

  • Chrissy Martin Meier

    Learning and Insights Manager at Swiss Capacity Building Facility

  • Alfred Yeboah

    Regional Director Africa at Grameen Foundation

  • Ella Moffat

    HERfinance Manager at HERproject

  • Derek Hardwick

    Product Owner Trace at Fairfood

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