Since 1999, Root Capital—an organization committed to investing in the growth of agricultural enterprises—has been working closely with businesses that purchase crops from smallholder farmers, enabling more than just profitability; they’ve helped and continue to help create engines of impact that raise incomes, create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace and preserve vulnerable ecosystems around the world.
The Project’s Roots
The team uses iFormBuilder for their Mobile Advisory Services project, centered in Latin America, in Mexico, Columbia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru.
Back in 2014, Root Capital realized that by using the appropriate technology, they would be able to more efficiently manage, analyze and act on information that would fill a key capacity gap for target agricultural businesses, especially those with specific certifications.
Cooperatives with these certifications, including Fair Trade, Organic, and others, must collect farmer-level information from suppliers on a yearly basis to maintain their statuses by passing certification body audits. In many cases, this data was collected using pen-and-paper-based surveys; requiring extensive time, duplicate manual efforts and leaving room for error.
Root capital reached out to Zerion to change this. They saw the benefits of offline data collection, sub-form management and user-friendliness as advantageous for their goals.
By putting iFormBuilder to work, these processes could be digitized. This process, including the management, analysis and visualization of this data in offline environments, encompasses what Root Capital’s team refers to as “Mobile Advisory Services”.