What is SCAN?
Facilitated by the Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI), in partnership with 17 key global standards bodies, technical assistance institutions, and other key stakeholders, the Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network (SCAN) is a capacity building program aimed at providing customized, needs-based technical assistance to producers wishing to adopt sustainable practices and enter sustainable markets.
What are the Program’s Goals and Objectives?
To implement a global generic technical assistance network that will mobilize an increased number of organizations to provide support services to producers wishing to enter sustainable markets. SCAN’s specific objectives include:
- Developing a generic set of training materials to build better business management practices and quality management systems for sustainable producers.
- The development of a global network of National Platforms for the delivery of targeted technical assistance.
Where is SCAN’s Geographic Focus?
Pilot projects have been run in 3 countries in Asia, East Africa, and South America.
What are SCAN’s Focus Support Areas?
- Good Agricultural Practices and Sustainable Practices
- Organizational Development
- Financial Literacy and Risk Management
- Quality Management Systems and Traceability
- Market Information (access/use)
What are SCAN’s current activities?
A pilot phase of the program was completed in 3 countries (Peru, Vietnam, and Tanzania) in 2009 through support from HIVOS and co-financing from Solidaridad (as well as in-kind support from various SCAN partners). A 3-year program was also started in Guatemala in 2012.
Based upon the needs assessments conducted in each country, specific priority technical assistance needs are now being addressed. In each country, efforts are also being made to consolidate and strengthen the SCAN national platforms.
2012-Present: SCAN is implementing national, 3-year, coffee-sector programs in Guatemala, Peru and Vietnam. The Guatemala project is supported by McDonald’s USA and McDonald’s Canada. In addition to creating a national platform (with leading actors in the coffee sector like ANACAFE and FEDECOCAGUA), it is developing a full set of training materials, conducting comprehensive training of trainers and directly training 4,500 producers; as well as creating a web-based resource tool to share and discuss the results of the program.
In Peru and Vietnam similar programs are up and running with support from the Inter-American Development Bank/MIF (Peru) and The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Vietnam and co-funding Peru). The Peru program includes a partnership with the Junta Nacional de Café (JNC) and the Peru Ministry of Agriculture, while in Vietnam SCAN works directly with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
By partnering with key local institutions, SCAN’s work is integrated into national curriculum and extension activities, greatly enhancing its reach, impact and sustainability. SCAN uses the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), for independent, internationally recognized impact assessment, and ITC’s database,SustainabilityXchange to store and make SCAN’s training material globally accessible.
What are SCAN’s plans for the future?
SCAN is seeking funding for further generic tool and curriculum development in all of the five key support areas identified. This includes validating and applying tools and training through activities aimed at training trainers and the direct application of technical assistance at the producer level, based on specific needs assessments.
SCAN is working closely with the ISEAL Alliance to link with their broader ‘scaling up of impacts’ program and has formed a partnership with UNDP’s Green Commodities Facility to support the establishment of sustainable sectors in developing countries.
SCAN will continue supporting cooperation and collaboration of its international members and with national actors through the SCAN platforms.
SCAN’s strategic plan (2015- 2019) identifies the following key objectives:
- Strong, effective international and national platforms are established which function globally as a reference for Technical Assistance on sustainable agriculture.
- Training materials and programs are jointly developed and implemented, addressing the real needs of producers and identifying best practices for sustainable production and trade.
- SCAN successfully expands geographically and across sectors (with 6 national platforms established and working in both the coffee and cocoa sector).
- The delivery and acceptance of standards and certification/verification programs is strengthened.
- Strong policy linkage and influence for SCAN and its partners is created.
- SCAN has a strong resource base to achieve its objectives.
For more information on SCAN
For more information on the SCAN Members, go to the SCAN Members page.
NEW! – We have a new Brochure with an updated overview of the project.
Download the ‘SCAN Q&A‘ document or the one page ‘SCAN Project Profile‘ for a brief overview of the project. For a more in-depth look at the proposed implementation of SCAN please download the ‘SCAN Framework‘ document.
Also available for download is the ‘Closing the Gaps‘ report which provides an in depth account of the gaps between current practices and “recognized sustainable” practices in Uganda, El Salvador and Brazil case study regions. The Appendices to the report provide a matrix of the different standards applied in the gap analysis report, as well as a detailed account of the cost calculations for reaching compliance with core sustainable practices.