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Public Consultation on the Bonsucro Smallholder Standard and Calculator

Published 10 Jan 2018

Many participants recognised the potential value of certification as a tool to drive more sustainable practice in the sector as a whole, but acknowledged that few small producers are currently able to achieve certification in its current format. Bonsucro has just launched a public consultation on a draft standard and calculator for smallholders, inviting feedback through an online questionnaire. There is market pull for responsible and/or certified product from some big consumer goods companies and some general ambitions around combining efforts to reduce cost and achieve a critical mass and impact in the market. To support decent livelihoods for smallholder sugar cane farmers some delegates felt there is a need to look beyond certification.

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Revision of RSPO New Planting Procedures (NPP) for Smallholders

Published 04 Oct 2017

The guidance is mainly intended for use by Group Managers, who are responsible for ensuring that members comply with all NPP requirements, and reporting to RSPO in this regard. The draft guidance document is available in six languages on the RSPO website.
The intention is to streamline the process by introducing a pre-assessment to identify the cases where Groups do not need to develop a full NPP report. The two-stage process is illustrated in the form of a flow chart.

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Review of RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&Cs)

Published 04 Oct 2017

To seek public input on this question a subgroup of the P&C Review Taskforce has framed various 'Considerations for Smallholders'. This document is available on the RSPO website, below the section dealing with the general consultation on the revised P&Cs. The ‘Considerations for Smallholders’ document, which is available in seven languages, is composed of four sections. The latter three sections highlight three critical choices in RSPO’s approach to simplification:

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A New RSPO Strategy for Smallholders

Published 04 Oct 2017

The strategy anticipates a standard that is tailored to smallholder needs and reduces the burden to certification, whilst upholding headline sustainability requirements.

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Fedepalma launches new guide to access finance

Published 25 Sep 2017

Fedepalma brings together palm oil farmers at all scales. This new guide caters for all, with particular attention to the needs of the smallholder. It provides simple summaries of information in an attractive design package covering financial services offered by FINAGRO, an institution linked to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. It also refers to services offered by cooperatives, NGOs, RSPO Smallholder Support Fund, and other unregulated supply chain partners and input suppliers who may offer informal financial services. The guide distinguishes different types of producers and sets out the terms and conditions applying to each. It also takes the farmer through important aspects to take into account when developing a project plan. Now workshops are being planned in order to take the guide to the palm oil regions and present it to farmers’ technical support staff, using practical examples to illustrate how they could go about supporting farms access credit in different circumstance, for different needs. This could help them to understand the various finance options and see for themselves which is most appropriate in different cases. 

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