InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – United Nations Environment Project (UN Environment) and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) signed small-scale funding agreement (SSFA) to support the smallholders to increase their welfare and the sustainable production.
US$ 199.611 from 10-Year Framework of Projects (10YFP) Trust Fund that UN Environment has managed and US$83.683 from RSPO would be distributed for about two years of the project to the smallholders in Sabah, East Malaysia, and Seruyan, Central Kalimantan.
It is hoped, the success of the project would increase the better economy for, at least, 50 thousand of independent and plasma smallholders, and more than 5.300 independent smallholders in Seruyan.
The project is chosen to get the fun after the proposal selection process through 10-Year Framework of Projects (10YFP) Trust Fund in cooperation with Sustainable Food Systems Programme. 10YFP is global work frame to increase the international cooperation to accelerate the changing to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in the advance and developing countries. Trust Fund is managed by Secretariat of 10YFP held by United Nations Environment Project.
Director of Strategic Projects, RSPO, Yohanes Izmi Ryan said, running the project is to support the smallholders to what they need. “The smallholders have played their role in the chain of stock, produce about 40% of crude palm oil in the world but have harvested in smaller numbers. They do less cultivation, and in the end, they are difficult to get the access in the international markets,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Monday (20/11)
He also said, RSPO supports the smallholders for years and realized that the institution does not involve them in big scale as what the stakeholders hope for. “The certification has significant influence to increase their welfare and the intervention through the program would be increased more to the jurisdiction level to support them to get RSPO certificates,” he said.
In Seruyan, the goal of the project is to develop the Agriculture Facility as the direct support and the capacity training for more than a thousand smallholders. In Sabah, series of four intervention activities would be tried in 20 villages there.
Through the initiative series, the smallholders would increase their knowledge and capacity about the good agricultural practices and the sustainable main principles, and would get the access about fertilizer, seeds, and seeding management. (T2)