Apical and Setara Jambi building capacity through an RSS programme

Published 14 Nov 2018

In 2017 Apical launched a project to pilot the use of the RSS framework with mills in its supply base in Siak District, Riau Province on the island of Sumatra. Apical is working with Proforest, Daemeter Consulting and implementation partner Yayasan Setara Jambi to roll out this project at one of their key supplying palm oil mills. The mill company PT TKWL has recognised the potential value in this project to help them to establish good relationships with independent smallholders, which in turn, benefits both parties.

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RSS in action across a landscape of small sugar planters in Philippines

Published 09 Nov 2018

Over the past two years Nestlé has been supporting a multi-stakeholder programme based on the SHARP Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) framework in Negros Occidental, the Philippines’ largest sugar-producing region.

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Engaging smallholder rubber producers in South Sumatra using the RSS framework

Published 06 Nov 2018

SNV has successfully applied the SHARP Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders (RSS) as a framework for smallholder engagement and support by Indonesian crumb rubber production company Kirana Megatara in the Sembilang-Dangku landscape of South Sumatra.

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Filed under Rubber Southeast Asia RSS

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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Filed under Palm oil Southeast Asia

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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Filed under Palm oil Southeast Asia