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New evidence on impacts of smallholder palm oil in Sumatra

Published 18 May 2017

Recent research points to improved living standards, expanding farm sizes, more diversified livelihoods … as well as rising inequalities and increased pressure for forest conversion.

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SHARP Practitioners meet in Bogor

Published 26 Apr 2017

On the first day, the group shared and analysed experiences using the SHARP Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) framework and simplified HCV for smallholders around the world, then moved on to discuss global challenges, opportunities and emerging ideas on smallholder engagement. On Day 2 the focus was on Indonesia, exploring how best to move forward on smallholder support here, drawing on lessons learned from the work of the SHARP partnership and beyond. For these discussions, some key local stakeholders were also invited to join the discussion and present their own experiences.  

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Prácticas precautorias y aplicación móvil ayudan a pequeños agricultores hondureños a manejar AVC

Published 30 Jan 2017

En Honduras, la aplicación de las herramientas y enfoques de SHARP está tomando impulso. El punto focal regional de SHARP, Proforest, está trabajando con la empresa de aceite de palma Jaremar y la asociación de pequeños agricultores UNPALA en el uso del marco RSS como un enfoque paso a paso para la certificación de pequeños agricultores. Un aspecto clave de este trabajo es la ampliación de la aplicación del enfoque de prácticas precautorias simplificadas para la gestión de los AVC por los pequeños agricultores, que ha incluido pruebas de campo recientes del prototipo de una aplicación para apoyar a Gestores de Grupo a entender y evaluar los riesgos para los AVC.

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Precautionary practices and mobile app help Honduran smallholders manage HCVs

Published 25 Jan 2017

In Honduras, application of SHARP tools and approaches is gathering pace. SHARP’s regional focal point, Proforest is working with palm oil company Jaremar and smallholder association UNPALA using the RSS framework as a step-wise approach to smallholder certification. A key aspect of this work is scaling up the application of the simplified precautionary practices approach for smallholder management of HCVs, which has included recent field testing of a prototype app to help group managers understand and assess risks to HCVs.

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Launch of the new 2017 SAN standard

Published 25 Jan 2017

Rainforest Alliance (RA) and The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) have launched a revised version of the SAN certification standard for 2017. One of the key changes is the introduction of a Continuous Improvement Framework, which recognises that "...sustainability is a path, a process over time, rather than a final or fixed destination".

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