Indonesia West Kalimantan
April 2012 - December 2019
Henkel AG & Co KGaA, BASF Personal Care & Nutrition GmbH
Solidaridad collaborates with Henkel and BASF to improve the livelihoods of palm oil smallholders in West Kalimantan. The project is implemented by Solidaridad in cooperation with partner Credit Union Keling Kumang (CUKK), Indonesia’s second largest credit union. The project partners aim to establish sustainable supply chains for palm and palm kernel oil that both effectively improve smallholder farmers’ living conditions and are eligible for certification according to the RSPO Principles & Criteria.
The project implements a Farmer Field School where oil palm smallholders are trained on good agricultural practices as well as farm management according to sustainable social and environmental standards. To date, 1,000 smallholders have graduated from the Farmer Field School. In addition, the project provides education in financial literacy so that farmers learn about responsible savings, spending, lending and investment. To date, 5,500 people (44% women) have graduated from the Financial Literacy course.
The project aims to improve the living conditions of the people in the farming areas by improving agricultural practices, increasing yields and helping preserve forests.
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Selling Certified Volume as RSPO Credit?NoInterested to be Contacted by Potential Buyer?No
Smallholder Story / Quote
1. Need to ensure at all stages of project planning & implementation that the FFS is female farmer friendly.
Women proved to be better disseminators of information (due to their strong social networks). Having women-initiated FFS classes can be a highly effective way of improving the spread of information.
Recommendation: use existing women’s groups as a vehicle for female-led FFS classes.
2. K77 (agricultural cooperative) is extremely important for farmers as a source of inputs in remote areas.
A key lesson is that herbicides and fertilizer at affordable prices near farms are critical to ensuring yield increases.
Recommendation: continue to strengthen K77 though on-going financial management trainingRelevant Tools used for Project Implementation
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Name of The Smallholder Group SupportedSolidaridadType of Smallholders Supported by This ProjectCountry & Location of ImplementationIndonesia West KalimantanProject PeriodApril 2012 - December 2019Status of The ProjectOn-going ProjectProject Certification StatusNot CertifiedCo-funded by RSSFYesAverage Smallholder Yield (in FFB/ha/year)
At Project Start: 15 ton FFB/ha/year (baseline Dec. 2015)
At Project End: 15 ton FFB/ha/yearCurrent Partner Organisations
Keling Kumang Group / Credit Union Keling Kumang
Sintang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Funding & Monitoring partner:
Henkel AG & Co KGaA
Henkelstraβe 67, Duesseldorf, Germany
Funding & Monitoring partner:
BASF Personal Care & Nutrition GmbH
Rheinpromenade 1, Monheim am Rheim, Germany
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