Enhancing Traceability in the Agrochemical Supply Chain

For many consumers around the world, where their food comes from and how it is made are important measurements of safety and quality. The demand for transparency is further propelled by concerns over food-borne health threats, the growing global trade of counterfeit and illegal pesticides, and the globalization of the food system.

To establish and maintain a consistent, safe, and unambiguous food supply, the design and implementation of complete traceability in foods and agricultural inputs is essential.

Agrochemical traceability today

Traceability in the agrochemical supply chain has never been more important. Good traceability enables producers, distributors and consumers to track the movement of goods, but these processes are complex and span across borders. Most companies still rely on paper-based tracking systems which are time-consuming, manual and inefficient.

These antiquated and fragmented systems can result in safety issues and inconsistent data, as well as an increase in counterfeited goods – a significant problem for the agrochemical industry especially since the global market share of illegal agrochemical products has risen the last few years.

Roadmap towards global harmonization

To create and maintain complete traceability, the entire supply chain needs to understand the concepts and implications of a good system. This includes farmers, post-harvest processers, marketers, research practitioners and policy makers.

Fortunately, strong partnerships, advances in sensor technology, and better traceability standards have created momentum toward a more functional system for the agrochemical industry. With more technology to come, electronic data exchange between trading partners will be faster and more reliable.

According to a recent report from Accenture, commissioned by CropLife International, traceability innovation means we now have the tools at our disposal for a fully harmonized, end-to-end supply chain solution that can track a formulated product from conceptualization to the field. And if trading partners are to effectively meet their company’s needs and exceed customer expectations, achieving this solution on a global scale must be our key objective going forward.

At CropLife International we are working towards this global, transparent approach to traceability, but we need our partners along the supply chain to join with us.

 

For more information, please contact Laurent Sabire, chairman of the CropLife International Traceability Project Team, on laurent.sebire@corteva.com