Olivier Tichit: Together with Smallholders, Sustainability Can Be Achieved

Olivier Tichit: Together with Smallholders, Sustainability Can Be Achieved

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Palmoilmagazine.com, JAKARTA - As a tropical agronomist for almost twenty years in Southeast Asia, Alivier Tichit has full of experience about kinds of commodity. Before working at Musim Mas, he was a country manager in Indonesia for main commodity traders, became one pioneer that the smallholders should get sustainability certificate, a director of palm oil plantation company in Medan, North Sumatera Province.

Not only that Olivier is also active in multi-stakeholder organizations – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as the Vice Chairman of Steering Committee Standard, and the member of Technical Committee of Natural Conservation, and NKT

He thought sustainable practice would face the bigger challenges namely to make sure that the group of company would qualify the report, traceability, escalate the sustainability standard and collaboration to transform (palm oil) industries.

He is interested in sustainability because of the smallholders. He told the smallholders would face rationality and how good they would react to the markets.

Olivier believed sustainability would be realized together with the smallholders. In the sustainable production itself, the company should connect them with the markets so that the smallholders themselves understand what the markets are and the markets also understand what the smallholders should deliver.

“We have to figure out what makes them think that the good (agricultural) practices would be something valuable and priceless. There is will to escalate their (smallholders) quality of life and this made me interested in sustainability,” he said. (T2)

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