InfoSAWIT, BANGKOK – After making productive discussion and debate, the members of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) ended the 17th Annual Roundtable Conference on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT17) and 16th Annual General Assembly (GA16) by progressive commitment to give more and bigger supports to the independent smallholders in the sustainable supply chain by making the RSPO Standards to Independent Smallholder (ISH).
The new ISH is adopted from the simple, direct conditions and becomes thee process which saves the costs by considering the conservation, capacity, and incentive while making sure that the criteria of the sustainability could run well.
Global Surfactant Business Plan and Sustainability Leader of Palm Procter & Gamble, United Kingdom (UK), Girish Deshpande said that the standard would probably make the company fulfill the target. “The new standards would make the independent smallholders powerful to do the best and to grow, including to fulfill the ambitious targets of ours and also to increase the source of living of the smallholders,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (6/11/2019).
Besides publishing the new standards for the smallholders, in the RT17, it was launched the new initiative, that is, The Smallholders Trainer Academy (STA) of RSPO. The goal is to increase the available natural resources for the global smallholders significantly. By adopting the approach ‘train-trainer’, RSPO hoped to reach the smallholders in bigger numbers by the good agricultural practices (GAP) training.
“We would not let the independent smallholders be like that. It is important to train them and take them to produce sustainable palm oil,” Chairman of Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (FORTASBI), Narno Sayoto Irontiko said. (T2)