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Companies cofinance sustainable agriculture to keep forests green

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, December 3, 2019   /  12:48 pm
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A coffee farmer harvests Arabica coffee beans on his plantation on Thursday. Sukiman started cultivating coffee in Deles village, Klaten regency, Central Java, in 2014. (JP/Magnus Hendratmo)

Businesses are working hand-in-hand with local farmers in capacity-building programs to promote good agricultural practices in a bid to ensure sustainability in the production of various commodities ranging from palm oil and coffee to cacao and spices. The Sustainable Trade Initiative Indonesia Foundation (Yayasan IDH) has been working with companies, including French tire manufacturer Michelin and agribusiness company Wilmar, to train producers of rubber and palm oil, among other commodities, to adopt good agricultural practices. The cofinancing projects are not only useful for the farmers, who are mostly smallholders, but also provide benefits for the companies, said the foundation’s Indonesia chairman, Fitrian Ardiansyah. “They [the projects] can increase farmers’ productivity, which will support [the companies’] supply chain. The cooperation with farm...