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Independent smallholders - Costs and benefits of RSPO certification

Published 02 Aug 2016

A recent study by the SEnSOR Programme quantifies costs and benefits and potential impact on livelihoods of RSPO certification for independent smallholders. It shows they need support from third parties in order to meet RSPO requirements, which is costly. The report synthesises available evidence of monetary costs and benefits of RSPO certification for independent smallholders, by reviewing available literature and using secondary data from a PhD-study and NGOs. The findings give insights on the initial investments needed to certify smallholders, as well as the recurring costs and benefits and the potential impact of RSPO certification on smallholders’ livelihoods (read the short report-summary).

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WWF Cameroon and RSS

Published 22 Jun 2016

WWF Cameroon and its local partner Environmental Governance Institute (EGI) is looking into RSS as a tool for their work on sustainable smallholder palm oil production. Using models such as the RSS framework, the aim is to create win-win partnerships between smallholders and agroindustry and to facilitate the restructuring of palm oil smallholder farmers into cooperatives. WWF and EGI is organising a series of workshops that will cover cooperative governance focusing on leadership, conflict management, benefit sharing and business development.

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RSS to identify issues in smallholder rubber production

Published 16 Jun 2016

As previously reported SHARP’s Regional Focal Point SNV has been working on a model for improving smallholder management of natural rubber production. They have now introduced the RSS framework to add value to this programme.

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The smallholder Investment Case

Published 16 Jun 2016

The Global Landscapes Forum organised an event to explore ‘The Investment Case’ for sustainable landscapes in London on 6 June, bringing together experts from the financial services industry with the corporate sector, government and academia to discuss investment in sustainable landscapes. The SHARP Secretariat has produced a summary of messages and lessons from the perspective of the SHARP partnership.

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New technology to help smallholders avoid loss of HCV forest

Published 16 Jun 2016

SHARP partners Proforest, Daemeter and the HCV Resource Network are working with the World Resources Institute and Blue Rastar to develop a smart phone app that will help to reduce deforestation in smallholder supply bases. The app will facilitate the collection of information from smallholder farmers, like location of their farms, vegetation, presence of species, type of fertiliser used, etc.

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