F2F™ (Farmer to Factory Jute Supply Chain™) model is the concept initiated by Juteborg Sweden AB, back in 2016. F2F™ is focused to ensure (i) future traceability of jute fibre (the major raw material of JutePP® & other upcoming high-tech products by Juteborg) from seed till finished jute high tech products (ii) certification of the jute fibre (iii) secure the volume of future demand of certified jute fibre while (iv) ensuring fair price to the jute farmers.

The project has already connected more than 1200 farmers from the best Jute growing area in the world, with the Jute Mill. We aim to increase the income as a result directly positively impacting 6K more people.

The F2F™ model is being validated with the support of Nordic Climate Facility (NCF), a Nordic challenge fund by a Helsinki, Finland based non-profit organisation named Nordic Development Fund. A true potential to create a large social, ecological and economic impact.

A day long workshop and training on Farmer to Factory Jute Supply Chain™ (F2F™) has been taken place in the factory premises of Razzaque Jute Industries LTD in Bangladesh on the 23rd and 24th of July 2019.

The first workshops were successfully organised in the same venue in the last week of February 2019 which were aimed at identifying the challenges in the Jute value chain. There was also a dedicated workshop targeted to co-create climate change adaptation and mitigation measures for the Jute farmers.

The first workshops were inaugurated by the Honorable Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi Ministry of Textiles and Jute and were attended by Abed Khan Chairman Press Institute Bangladesh – PIB, District Commissioner of Faridpur and SP of Faridpur and garnered their continued support and assistance.

Photo from first workshop in February 2019.
From right corner: Abed Khan (Chairman Press Institute of Bangladesh); Umme Salma Tanzia (former District Commissioner Faridpur); Christina Östergren (CEO & Co-founder Juteborg); Golam Dastagir Gazi (Minister ministry of Textile and Jute); Else-Marie Malmek (Co-Founder and Chairman Juteborg); Abul Bashar (Managind Director Razzaque Jute Industries Ltd); Abir Hossain (Sustainable Business Development Manager Juteborg); Mohammad Alimuzzaman (Superintendent of Police Faridpur); Zia Khan (Director of Razzaque Jute Industries Ltd)

The second workshop was focused on co-creating the probable scalable solutions to the challenges identified in the first workshop and includes training sessions on the Climate Change Responses & Farmer-to-factory (F2F™) Trade Conditions which includes the use of natural fertilizers, identifying high-quality jute seeds, the grading of jute etc.

More than twenty jute farmers from the local area including females who are an integral part of the jute value chain, along with representatives of public sector, private sector (like Nagad, Green Delta Insurance Company Limited), development organisations from Bangladesh (like CARE Bangladesh, BRAC) Sweden and other European countries were present in this workshop. (Following are the photos from the 2nd workshop and training in July 2019)

It is the first-ever initiative of its kind concerning Jute. 1200 farmers from Faridpur – the best Jute growing area in the world, are within the scope of validation of F2F™ model.

A historic move by Juteborg AB to bridge between Sweden and Bangladesh with Jute high tech innovation and value chain transformation through an inclusive business model for a sustainable world.