One of the key insights from the breakdown in globalization are the weakening of self-sufficiency within many countries. By focusing on export to drive quantitative growth, the larger goal of qualitative, holistic growth was sacrificed even if infrastructure was built. Many countries are beginning to realize how vulnerable they are to circumstances outside their borders and for which they have little control or influence. Countries are beginning to re-cast a vision of self-sufficiency for the long-term viability of their sovereignty, economy, and people. Note, this does not mean healthy global, multilateral, or bi-lateral trade, investment, and relationships do not have their place, but there must be a healthy balance between local, regional, and global concerns. That balance is determined by each sovereign country.
At the center of this is ensuring that a country has the essentials needed to operate at any time – normal times, emergencies, and recovery. In the United States, the government calls these essentials, “Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets”. Globalstratos has developed a detailed threat and vulnerability inventory that is inclusive of critical infrastructure and key assets and other threat and vulnerability issues. It can be implemented at whole of government, department, society, or organization level.
One of the key areas to consider are supply chains which will cross several sectors at one time and go from raw materials to finished projects.
There are many people and organizations implementing registration and data platforms with producers, e.g., farmers, but the field is fragmented and leaves government with a lack of quality, timely data. The Producer Registration, Identity, and Data Platform (PRIDP) works across all natural resource sectors, so that connections may be mapped for different contexts. PRIDP helps government and other stakeholders answer questions, such as:
- What resources do we readily have available?
- Who are the people managing or producing the resources we need?
- Where are the resources? When are they produced? What is the quality and quantity of the resources?
- Based on understanding needs and current capacity, what gaps are there?
PRIDP provides detailed profiles, and other data, upon which informed decisions can be made whether during normal or emergency operations. It is implemented in different ministries, e.g., Agriculture or Mining, or as a shared service so data can easily be shared across government ministries. Ideally, it will be implemented across government departments.
Resilient, restorative, and regenerative supply chains rely on many nodes, e.g., producers of different scales. Often large and medium scale producers are the focus of registration, leaving out the more diverse and widespread players of small-scale producers. Generally, that is done because it is considered more costly and difficult to deal with smaller scales. We believe cost and difficulty can be mitigated with better long-term results and outcomes from the process.
At the producer level, specializing in small-scale producers, PRIDP is part of the Small-Scale Producer Production and Market Program (SPPMP) that supports and empowers small-scale producers to thrive and scale. This is the logical place to implement PRIDP as the number of communities and people touched by small-scale producers is great. Government begins to get detailed data while the producers gain what’s needed to improve capacity and scale. SPPMP contextualizes the purpose of PRIDP so that stakeholders buy-in. Its not just data collection, but a program that is being implemented to assist stakeholders. For government, the benefits are articulated well in SPPMP documentation. Some benefits for government include better royalty and tax collection and improving service delivery resulting from better data being available for making informed decisions.
Globalstratos uses the PRIDP for its projects, but the platform is currently being adapted for government use.