Agriculture is not an easy industry to break into. Start-up costs can be insurmountable; the cost of land alone puts farming out of reach for those who aren’t already in the sector. Starting a farm can seem impossible, because most people who farm inherit their land or had the support of family to purchase it.
The cooperative model, though, has been providing ways to make farming accessible for generations. Farmers’ cooperatives play a significant role in the complete agricultural value chain. Generation shift, climate change, and tough market conditions pushed cooperatives and farmers to rethink the way they farm and work together. This led to a strong growth of agricultural technologies in the past few years.
AgroDomain Farmers’ Cooperative Management
This component is designed to support Small holder farmers in enlisting new membership as well as organizing and managing their members. The imbedded tools are designed to assist with registration and basic data collection, improve training, support business planning, market analysis and monitoring of geo-referenced service delivery.
The Farmer Cooperative Management System will enable agricultural cooperatives achieve following:
- Central registry of all farmers in the cooperative.
- Central Management of all cooperative members.
- Simplify produce planning with aggregated overview of planned quantities per farmer.
- Plan and monitor production per farmer, crop and field.
- Push best practice agricultural practices to all farmers that belongs to the co-operative.
- Analyze production on a farmer and an aggregated level to identify key productivity drivers.
- Ensure traceability and standards compliance
Challenging market trends are pushing farmers’ cooperatives to find new ways to increase profitability and grow volumes and this drives the strong growth of Agri-Tech solutions like that of AgroDomain. It is expected that agriculture will be in the midst of a digital transformation by 2025.
Agricultural technology tries to solve key challenges that farmer cooperatives are faced with:
- Variable inputs with changeable and high prices
- Low and unsustainable yield
- Challenges with selling farmer’s produce with a low market price
- Doing all of the above in a decentralized way while trying to collaborate with growers