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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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Oil Palm Smallholder Support Program Delivered in Mexico

Published 01 Sep 2017

In 2015, Mexico was the seventh largest palm oil producing country in Latin America (SIAP, 2015) with 82,150 ha  and 118,424 Mt of CPO produced. The Mexican government has plans for a further 50,000 ha of plantations by the end of 2018. Can the potential economic gains be reconciled with any environmental and social risks?

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New Market Expectations for Sustainable Natural Rubber Production

Published 31 Aug 2017

In 2015 the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), an inter-governmental organisation composed of rubber producing and consuming stakeholders, launched a Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative. Through this initiative Voluntary Guidelines and Criteria for self- certification of sustainable natural rubber production have been produced.

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Mobile App and Dashboard for Simplified HCV Approach tested in the field

Published 29 Aug 2017

This is a risk-based approach, with different procedures required depending on the risk of damage to HCVs. Smallholder Group Managers (GMs) complete basic HCV surveys themselves using the mobile app, avoiding the expense and technical requirement for contracting independent assessors. Based on the results of the surveys, the risk of damaging HCVs is determined automatically by the app (based on the presence of any potential HCV habitat types, potential overlapping land use claims) and additional independent review or 3rd party HCV assessment are triggered in higher risk situations. To help GMs to provide the required outputs to comply with certification standard, a mobile application and web dashboard has been developed. The app and dashboard supplement the written manuals intended to guide GMs through the series of phases which comprise the approach.

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