Can we cure the blindness in global supply chains?
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Food moves across the globe through supply chains that are mostly blind. Purchasers often have scant visibility into who grows our food, the practices they use, or the communities they support.
To deliver the benefits of a more agrobiodiverse food system, we must gain and retain the trust of all those involved in the cultivation, distribution, processing, marketing and consumption of food. Developing frameworks that support greater traceability and transparency in supply chains can help companies meet their agrobiodiversity objectives, allow consumers to better align their food purchases with their values, reward farmers who adopt more diverse, regenerative farming practices, and offer profoundly positive environmental impacts.
To support greater transparency in our food systems, the FACT Roundtable has developed 10 Principles for Agrobiodiversity, then tested them by conducting tests with three grains on three continents: small millets in India; amaranth in Mexico; and fonio in West Africa.
The FACT Supply Chain Tool can provide food companies both big and small with a purchasing framework to accelerate the adoption of market-driven support to enhance agrobiodiversity across our food systems.
If you are a food company and would like to develop your own transparency tool for sourcing ingredients that support agrobiodiversity, or if you have additional questions on how the tool was built, please fill out the form below.
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Explore the FACT Supply Chain Tool.
See the tutorial below.
To explore the tool, begin by selecting one of the three grains. Note that selecting “amaranth” provides two options: local or international supply chains.
The interactive supply chain for each of our three grains involves specific processes. While you can click on any of them to start your journey, we suggest you begin with growers at harvest.
The Fact Supply Chain Tool Interface
The interface is divided into four quadrants:
Upper Left: Interactive Supply Chain
Lower Left: Selected Stage in Supply Chain
Upper Right: List of Agrobiodiversity Principles that Apply to Each Stage
Lower Right: Explanation of Agrobiodiversity Principle
Selected Stage in Supply Chain
Selecting SMALL MILLET GROWERS produces a screen that provides photography and a brief description of both the grower and their farming practices.
List of Agrobiodiversity Principles
Each stage in the supply chain connects one or more of FACT’s 10 Principles for Agrobiodiversity. The SMALL MILLET GROWERS, for example, connect with five distinct principles.
Each Agrobiodiversity Principle explained
Click on a principle to learn more about the agrobiodiversity benefits at each stage in the supply chain for a specific crop.
Explore the Supply Chain of another crop
To explore another crop in the FACT Supply Chain Tool, simply click on the FACT “shovel” icon at the bottom left of the screen.