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With the right institutional set up, smallholder palm oil can outperform estate plantations in Indonesia

Published 25 Aug 2017

This was part of one of many ‘Nucleus Estate with Smallholder’ state projects set up in early 1980s. But here the key difference was long term technical support funded by the German government, which enabled smallholders to participate in the creation of a nested structure for management and internal control.

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P&G management team get ‘hands-on’ experience with smallholders in Malaysia

Published 07 Aug 2017

The team visited the P&G Pilot Project, which is being implemented by Proforest Malaysia in partnership with the SHARP Secretariat. This is part of the smallholder initiative launched by P&G in 2016 to work with the independent smallholders to ensure compliance with P&G’s responsible sourcing commitments in its palm oil supply chain. The P&G team was led by the Vice President for P&G Chemicals (Jack Ryan) along with their EurAsia Regional Manager (Dan Cooper), Supply Network Leader (Girish Deshpand) and Palm Sustainability Project Manager (Mohd Suffian Muhili). The event was jointly organized by P&G Chemicals, oil palm fruit dealer Naajihin Enterprise, WildAsia and Proforest. The P&G delegation was given the opportunity to harvest ripe oil palm fresh fruit buncesh (FFB) from the farm, loading it on the truck, grading the FFB, observing the operations in the dealer’s collection centre and harvesting some pineapples, which some smallholders interplant with palm in the early years of the rotation. They were able to interact with the independent smallholders and dealers running the collection centres. The delegation was very pleased to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges in the field for sustainable smallholder oil palm production.   

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Innovations in financing the replanting of smallholder oil palm

Published 01 Jun 2017

In Malaysia, Prime Minister Najib has just announced an allocation of RM510mil (c. US$120M) for smallholder oil palm replanting/new crop planting. This is an impressive scale of investment, but the scale of demand for financing for smallholder replanting in South Asia is even greater.

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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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