This is the story of how we made sure farmers got fair pay for their coconuts.
In early 2017 we decided to do a transparency/fair pay project in a coconut supply chain. The main reason for this was that our desk research showed that coconut is a big and growing commodity for which millions of farmers get little pay. And not much is being done yet.
During an identification mission that took us to the Riau Archipelo, Banyuwangi and Hargotirto, we looked for and found a partner who was willing and able to work with us: Aliet Green.
With partner Aliet Green we selected a group of farmers to participate in the project, before registering them in the system.
Farmers registered their harvest with simple sms's , after which the nuts were transferred from farmer to Aliet Green to Fairfood. A blockchain-verified chain of custody.
An unexpectedly difficult, but crucial, phase was to get the physical nuts to the Netherlands. The Dutch embassy had to get involved due to misunderstanding about phyto-sanitary certification. And then our transporter, Maersk, got hacked...
Once the nuts had arrived, we sold them at theaterfestival the Parade in Utrecht, where consumers got to scan their nut to see which farmer made it, and for how much.
happy coconuts, happy customers