October 20, Rome: Companies from Malaysia and Myanmar presented how they use B# ID to directly evidence actions to eradicate poverty and hunger in ASEAN.
The SDG Forum was held during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), organised by the Private Sector Mechanism of CFS and UN Global Compact with support from Emery Oleochemicals.
The event showcased corporate leaders’ plan to impact the UN SDGs. The SDG Forum called for partnership between governments, NGOs and business on measurable action.
Malaysian agribusinesses revealed a B# ID pilot focused on small farmers. B# ID is a free-of-charge platform technology that can be used by previously ‘invisible’ supply chain actors to self-identify. This allows for unprecedented transparency and accountability throughout the supply chain. Farmers and companies throughout the value chain can be benchmarked and assisted to advance key SDGs on poverty, hunger, food security, nutrition and environmentally-sensitive agriculture.
The Malaysia B# ID pilot is led by Global Compact Malaysia to identify and map the supply chain of Emery Oleochemicals. “I know who I am buying from. I can ensure they earn decent pay. I can guarantee they do not slash-and-burn or cause haze,” said Ramesh Kana, CEO of Emery Oleochemicals. “I also can now engage the farmer not just a supplier to me, but a citizen and a wealth creator for the community.”
Myanma Awba Group, Myanmar’s largest manufacturer and distributor of agricultural technology has also adopted B# ID to support their smallholder farmers.
Martin Weiss, Awba’s Chief Agronomist, said “We know exactly where our stakeholders are, this means we can be responsible and responsive. The information is provided by the farmers themselves and shared openly on the Bluenumber public server so we can use a common resource with partners, especially the Government and international agencies”. With a team of over 2,500 people, Myanma Awba plays a leading role in training farmers how to optimise their growing practices.
For the full presentation, visit: International Agri-Food Network