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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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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Lessons from PES: pros and cons of smallholder incentives

Published 20 Oct 2015

Earlier this year, SHARP published a study of Payments for Ecosystem Services projects that involve smallholder farmers in tropical forested areas, based on a wide-ranging literature review by Helen Cross and Willie McGhee. We have now added to the SHARP website a directory of the 28 projects reviewed in the study, which we hope will be a useful resource. Click here to see the PES project directory. The SHARP secretariat also took the opportunity to contact a range of practitioners and researchers for their insights into smallholder-oriented PES projects. Here we report the results.

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Update on RSS trials in Sumatra

Published 30 Sep 2015

Field trials of the RSS (Responsible Sourcing from Smallholders) framework with oil-palm smallholders in Sumatra began earlier this year in March. The trials are already yielding tangible outcomes and useful lessons that will inform the refinement of the RSS framework for wider application in Indonesia and beyond. An early observation is the variation in capacity that can be found among contrasting types of producer organisation for implementing different phases of the framework.

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