MEDA's role was to install its Agromonitor software, a tracking system to manage production and organic certification, and to train staff of the co-op. The system greatly simplifies the complex process of documenting the various logistical steps required to maintain certification standards required by the fair trade and organic industries.In the past, says Jerry Quigley, director of MEDA's production-marketing linkages department, an auditor would visit the co-op on a regular basis and spend a week analyzing mounds of paper documents. "This program tries to get them into an easy-to-approve database," he says.
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