Increased awareness and consumer demand for products respecting social and environmental sustainability aspects has motivated commercial actors to change their business practices. Many standards and certification schemes are now being developed to ensure that agricultural commodities are produced and processed in a sustainable manner and take into account economic, social, and environmental issues.
GIZ FORCLIME together with Kalimajari Foundation initiated a series of activities to increase the capacities of small-scale cocoa farmers in implementing sustainable production systems. Overall, the activity aimed at building self-reliance of farmers and increasing the quality and quantity of cocoa beans.
The support provided in the two FORCLIME pilot districts Malinau (North Kalimantan) and Berau (East Kalimantan) involved representatives from local farmers and officials from the District Plantation Services. Knowledge transferred included cocoa farming practices and post harvest management, marketing strategies and joint marketing to strengthen the bargaining position of farmers. The series of activities included workshops and trainings on Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
The activities received positive feedback from farmers and government agencies in both regions. Farmers are committed to improve the quality of products through cocoa bean fermentation in accordance with the Indonesian National Standard (SNI) and implement joint marketing systems.
Indonesia is the third largest cocoa producer in the world after Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, with the likeliness of even increasing annual cocoa export values in the future. As about 93 % of Indonesia’s cocoa plantations are managed by small-scale farmers, involving more than 1.4 million households, local cocoa farmers play an important role and need to be supported and participate actively in sustainable production mechanisms.
For further information, please contact: Heinz Terhorst, Strategic Area Manager, Green Economy.
The Indogreen Forestry Expo is a special annual forestry event that has been hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry since 2006. The theme of this year’s expo, which was held from 15-18 April 2015 at the Jakarta Convention Centre, was “Dengan Gotong Royong Mewujudkan Kedaulatan Pangan dan Energi Terbarukan” (working together towards food sovereignty and renewable energy). At the Indogreen expo, FORCLIME presented information and shared knowledge related to its activities in the three pilot districts in Kalimantan: Berau, Kapuas Hulu, and Malinau.
During the opening ceremony, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEnFor) also announced the winner of a FMU (Forest Management Unit) logo design contest. The competition for creation of an FMU logo was supported by GIZ FORCLIME to enhance public awareness on FMUs and their goal to achieve sustainable forest management through good forest management practices and organisation.
Additionally, FORCLIME also conducted a talk show on bioenergy from the forestry sector, its opportunities and challenges. Three resources persons were invited to present their opinion on the topic, namely Dr. Machfudz (expert from the Climate Change working group of the MEnFor), Rudianto Amirta, PhD (expert on bioenergy from the Mulawarman University, East Kalimantan) and KH. Irham Rofi’i (entrepreneur of bioenergy from Bangkalan district). The talk show, which has been attended by more than 70 participants from civil society, universities, government and non-government institutions, was moderated by Mr. Edy Marbyanto (Senior Adviser from GIZ FORCLIME).
For more information please contact:
- FMU related issues (Mathias Bertram, Senior Adviser for Forest Policy)
- Bioenegy related issues (Ali Mustofa, Technical Adviser for Community Based Forest Management).
The District of Kapuas Hulu is one of the centers of wild honey production in West Kalimantan Province. With the aim to enhance the capacity of this wild honey center, the local government of Kapuas Hulu District in collaboration with its partners (Tropical Forest Conservation Act Programme in Kalimantan, Association of Danau Sentarum Periau, KABAN community group, Riak Bumi Foundation, WWF Kapuas Hulu, PRCF Indonesia, FFI Kapuas Hulu, Jaringan Madu Hutan Indonesian, and GIZ FORCLIME) organized a training on quality assurance for organic products (Penjaminan Mutu Oganis - PAMOR) in February 2015. PAMOR is a quality assurance system for community-based organic products that was initiated by the Indonesian Organic Producer Alliance (Aliansi Organis Indonesia - AOI) as one participatory guarantee system for quality assurance of goods produced by small-scale producers. Quality assurance for wild honey from Kapuas Hulu is crucial for meeting the requirements of a competitive market and avoiding product forgery.
The training is part of the institutional strengthening programme for the Kapuas Hulu wild honey center. During the training one of FORCLIME’s senior advisers, Ismet Khaeruddin, guided the training as the lead facilitator.
Following the training that was attended by 103 representatives from wild honey producing villages, government and non-governmental organizations in Kapuas Hulu, a PAMOR institution was established in Kapuas Hulu.
For further information, please contact:
Ismet Khaeruddin, Strategic Area Manager for Biodiversity and Protected Area
Ali Mustofa, Adviser for Community Based Forestry Management