Nalda Multipurpose
 
Cooperative/Opgan
Project Details

Name of The Smallholder Group Supported

Nalda Multipurpose Cooperative/Opgan

Type of Smallholders Supported by This Project

Independent

Country & Location of Implementation

Nigeria

Project Period

1st April 2015 - 30 September 2017

Status of The Project

On-going Project

Project Certification Status

Not Certified

Co-funded by RSSF

Yes

Co-funded by Other

-

Contact Person

Email

Available RSPO Credits for Sale





Brief Project Description / Summary

In Nigeria, palm oil production is still very much dominated by the small-medium scale producers. Of the total palm oil and palm kernel output, production from the natural groves and smallholder plantations account for about 89% while production from the large estates account for about 11%.

The project therefore is supporting these farmers to improve upon their yields and incomes through training and demonstration of best management practices using the farmer field school approach. Farmers are also been supported to go through RSPO certification to open market opportunities for them. These smallholders will be out of the international palm oil supply chain if they did not attain RSPO certification by 2017 as the major buyers of CPO from Nigeria have set 2017 as the cut-off date after which they will not buy non-certified CPO. The Project therefore aims to make sustainable agricultural practices the norm for at least 1,000 independent smallholder farmers through RSPO Certification by the end of project.

  • 20 independent smallholder groups capable of lobbying for inputs and extension support services by the end of project.
  • At least 75% increase in yields and incomes for at least 1000 independent smallholder farmers by end of project.

At least 1000 independent smallholder farmers attained RSPO certification by end of project.



Project Impact

Nalda Multipurpose Cooperative /Opgan
Total Area Covered by the Project
2,182 Hectares
Nalda Multipurpose Cooperative /Opgan
Number of smallholders benefiting from this project
1,091
smallholders
Nalda Multipurpose Cooperative /Opgan
Number/Percentage of Women Supported by this Project
16.4%
women in program




General Project Information

  • Type of Support Required
  • Additional Project Information
  • Project Information
  • Looking for Project Partners

    Funding

    Seeking Additional Funding and used for

    1. Baseline Assessment
    2. Social & Environmental Impact Assessment
    3. HCV Assessment
    4. Certification Audit

    RSPO Credits

    Selling Certified Volume as RSPO Credit?
    No

    Interested to be Contacted by Potential Buyer?
    No

  • Smallholder Story / Quote

    “No programme had captured the interest of farmers in cross River State like Solidaridad’s BMP programme. People keep calling to ask when we are coming to their communities” – Chief Owali Ilem OPGAN Chairman, Cross River state.

    ” My palm trees were not yielding any fruits from September but after I started implementing the BMP, I am harvesting even in November” – Mr Osam, Etung farmer –Cross River State

    “My manager usually calls to give me the report of daily activities since Solidaridad trained us on BMP. One day, after giving the day’s report, he concluded by saying, ‘Oga, if we know this before, we for no get work again o’. I had 10 workers before Solidaridad came. Now I have only four, and they are happy to keep working for me. The labour is now less and easy and the palms are doing so well” Mr. Mbek Tangba, Etung L.G.A, Cross River State

    Lessons Learnt

    Solidaridad, having been working to integrate smallholders into the sustainable palm oil supply chain through RSPO Certification in Ghana, Nigeria and Core d'Ivoire, has been learning some lessons that are being used to refine existing projects and which will be useful in designing future projects.

    Smallholder farmers have great difficulty appreciating the benefits of certification and they consider its requirements cumbersome and expensive, they are however more favorably disposed to BMP interventions and its attendant improved productivity. Solidaridad has subsequently adopted BMP intervention as the entry strategy to introducing RSPO certification to independent smallholders across the project locations.

    The fragmented and scattered nature of independent smallholder farms coupled with the near non-existent documentation on land titles among them have continued to make meeting RSPO requirements on land use analysis, HCV assessments, land maps, compensation procedures, land titles and RSPO registration very difficult for smallholder groups. Basic GPS mapping of farmers farms are now been adopted to develop some basic maps for farmer groups for instance while letters from local authorities on land are being used to resolve land documentation challenges.

    Solidaridad is working with several independent smallholder associations in different project locations. While there are some umbrella associations, there are also several independent farmer cooperatives that are very active in the project. Considering the high cost of audit, presenting individual associations and cooperatives for audit would be out of the reach of the project budget for the exercise. Hence, solidaridad has been engaging with various associations and cooperatives on the need to work toward the evolution of an umbrella RSPO association under which all-participating smallholder farmer groups can be presented as a group for audit in order to keep the overall cost of certification manageable.

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    Other Information as Deemed Relevant by the Organisation

  • Project Details

    Name of The Smallholder Group Supported
    Nalda Multipurpose Cooperative/Opgan

    Type of Smallholders Supported by This Project
    Independent

    Country & Location of Implementation
    Nigeria

    Project Period
    1st April 2015 - 30 September 2017

    Status of The Project
    On-going Project

    Project Certification Status
    Not Certified

    Co-funded by RSSF
    Yes

    Average Smallholder Yield (in FFB/ha/year)

    At Project Start: 2.7Ha
    Current Yield: 11.4Ha

    Current Partner Organisations

    NALDA/FMARD Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS)

    Ferdinand Eko, Cooperative Leader, +2348132288784

     

    NALDA/FMARD, Cross River State - Implementing

    Mr. Iwara Bassey, State Coordinator, Tel: +2348030866124

     

    Oil Palm Growers Association of Nigeria, (OPGAN), Cross River State - Implementing

    Chief Owali Ilem, President, Cross Rivers State, Tel: +2348063536632

     

    Ministry of Agriculture, Cross River State - Implementing

    Mr. Ufono, Director, Tree Crop Development Unit, Tel: +2347039055530

     

    Wilmar International – Supply Chain Partner

    isaac abban-mensah, africa sustainability controller, Tel: +233 244 612 852



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