Field Ready’s aim is to get people what they need, when they need it and how they need it. Humanitarian supply chains are slow, cumbersome and expensive, and with 60-80% of humanitarian funding spent on logistics, we seek to get people what they need faster, better and cheaper.
A consistent pattern in our sector is that when a disaster response is taking place, supplies show up months later and when they do, parts are broken, the wrong size or altogether missing. Or critical equipment doesn't work because of one piece which stops working. Or not enough funds are available to reach all the people in need, so life and death decisions are made.
Field Ready solves big challenges with local manufacturing. This means bypassing huge parts of the supply chain and using local capabilities. We do this by working in emergencies and reconstruction, using a range of technologies and engaging people in new ways. The impact of this is that more people are helped faster, cheaper and better.
Our mission to locally manufacture humanitarian supply chains is working, we have done so in numerous settings; from making medical supplies in rural parts of Nepal to equip health posts to WASH items in refugee camps.
We've worked in a range of countries: Nepal, Syria and its surrounding countries, Haiti, Jordan, South Sudan, Fiji, Vanuatu and the US. A challenge of our work is that it is very dynamic, and no response or project ever looks the same. While this can sometimes present an obstacle, it is also exciting because our team possesses diverse skill-sets that allow us to adapt to the different contexts in which we work.
Another more systemic challenge we face is the wider adoption of local manufacturing in humanitarian supply chains. While we are making progress to illustrate the benefits of local manufacturing, it will be a longer process to have other aid institutions widely adopt this method.
This is truly innovative and transformative. Field Ready is pioneering this approach and being part of GAHI helps us connect, share and scale what we do.