Countries Collaborate for Global Sustainable Palm Oil for Smallholders

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General Director of Europe - America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesian Republic, Umar Hadi. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, BOGOR – Recently, the City of Bogor hosted a significant event involving 36 participants from 17 like-minded countries (LMCs). The event focused on Capacity Building and Enhancing Sustainable Palm Oil Plantations, spanning from June 22 to July 2, 2024.

This collaboration was facilitated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), and Lembaga Dana Kerja Sama Pembangunan Internasional (LDKPI).

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Participants included researchers, decision-makers, stakeholders, and diplomats representing key commodities such as palm oil, coffee, cocoa, rubber, wood, soybeans, and beef. The training aimed to deepen participants’ understanding of cross-commodity agriculture among smallholders.

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Umar Hadi, General Director of Europe-America at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the significance of palm oil for people and emphasized the future challenges of maintaining sustainability and trade competitiveness globally.

He stressed the importance of exchanging experiences and best practices to ensure the relevance of palm oil and other commodities in a dynamically changing global economy.

Vice Director of IPB in Research, Innovation and Agro-maritime People’s Development Department, Prof. Ernan Rustiadi said that IPB would be committed to reinforce smallholders, other stakeholders and contributing to the sustainable palm oil.

“We would deliver the chance to escalate cooperation with global south countries through collaboration, research, and education,” he said, as in the official statement to Palmoilmagazine.com,  Thursday (27/6/2024).

During the trainings, the participants interacted with many sustainable agricultural experts from IPB Bogor. They did field visit to the smallholders’ palm oil plantations in Riau Province. This would escalate not only their insight but also reinforce the collaborative network among the countries.

The training would reflect the commitment of Indonesia to share knowledge and experiences with like-minded countries as the form of solidarity to face the same challenges. Besides, it is hoped that the training would formulate the same aspiration of commodity produce countries so that theirs would be listened to by the globe.

Through the initiative, it is hoped that smallholders’ agriculture would always support food security in the globe, promote development, and deliver advantages sustainably for smallholders’ communities in the world. (T2)

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