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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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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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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Smallholder development as the best route for palm oil in Africa?

Published 21 Dec 2016

The role of smallholders featured heavily in last month’s Guardian expert panel discussion on oil palm development in Africa. Abraham Baffoe, Africa Regional Director for SHARP partner Proforest, was on the panel, which was supported by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil. Amongst the panel members and the audience, who were invited to contribute questions, there was a strong interest in ensuring local communities and smallholders benefit from the industry. And many agreed with Abraham’s concluding statement that the preferable form of palm oil development for Africa would be through smallholder production.

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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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