FAO is pleased to announce that a new product in the SAFA series is now under development for smallholders: SAFA Small APP. This project is kindly funded by Germany and developed in collaboration with the Committee on Sustainability Assessments (COSA), Grameen Foundation and Soil & More.
This product is developed at the request of practitioners in order to further support the applicability and implementation of the SAFA Guidelines. This includes the development of a set of indicator that are both highly relevant and practical to smallholder farmers, as well as an application for conducting assessments through smart phones and tablets.
COSA’s experience with agricultural sustainability assessment will be the basis for adapting SAFA for smallholders by developing appropriate indicators and providing methodological guidance for data collection and analysis. In addition to contributing to the refinement of the indicators, the Grameen Foundation will use its networks and existing experience with mobile technological development programmes at the community level to provide feedback and field testing of the proposed design for SAFA Small; field testing will be performed in three countries, with over 1000 farmers. Finally, Soil & More will develop the SAFA Small APP.
The SAFA Small APP and supporting documents are expected to be completed by November 2014.