SSI-I works with NGOs as Implementation Partners (IP),
which are co-funded by private and public players, to implement scalable
projects that drive the adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices for
spice production by participating farmers.
Validation and verification are critical parts of the SSI-I process,
helping to improve performance, achieve results and strengthen the overall credibility
of the program.
Monitoring and evaluation:
- Validation of Process: Undertaken by the IP, this involves checks to
ensure that the systems and processes in place are efficiently and effectively
delivered to meet the expectations of all stakeholders involved. The process includes
farmer assessment in level 1 and peer-to-peer assessment in level 2.
- Verification for Market: Undertaken by a third-party verifier, this
involves checking whether the end-product conforms to sustainability
(includes quality) specifications laid out by sourcing partners. The Verification
for Market steps cover 2-level Credibility Check and 2-level Due Diligence check
by independent third-party agency.
The final level of due diligence and testing is then
conducted by the buyers to ensure that the product meets their internal
SSI-I engages third party agencies to
provide monitoring and evaluation services to undertake a comprehensive assessment of
the effectiveness of the IP’s intervention with farmers and the progress of farmers in
relation to the program KPIs, including, number of trainings, number of farmers, data
monitoring requirements and development of village level communication materials for example.
SSI-I’s approach and engagement model can best be summarised through the following theory of change:
There are five core components of SAPs for spices production, which considers not just the food safety and agronomic implications of sustainability but also the economics and developmental aspects of the farming community:
1. Food Safety:
A key requirement for participating farmers is that spices
meet pesticide residue and food safety requirements.
2. Community Development and well-being:
Community development is a process where community members
come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. This type of
collective action undertaken at a grassroots level ranges from small initiatives within a small group to large initiatives that involve the broader community.
3. Optimum Available Resources Management:
This involves optimising resource systems, through
appropriate management practices, to enable users to maximise the economic, environmental and
social benefits from limited available resources whilst maintaining or enhancing the ecological
support functions of the same resources.
4. Proactive farming systems:
The primary objective of proactive farming systems is to develop
farmers as businessmen with a focus on improving productivity, increasing profitability, ensuring
sustainability and guaranteeing ethical working conditions, and an equitable distribution of the
results of production (labour wages etc.)
5. Value Addition Activities:
The focus is on unlocking innovations that enhance livelihoods and embed
sustainability within the farming system.