Intensified land use and palm moratorium conserve forest and peatlands

IDH collaborates with Asian Agri, one of the major palm oil companies in Indonesia to build a 100% sustainable palm oil base. To provide cost effectively 100% sustainable palm oil to its buyers, Asian Agri has an interest in training their 3,000+ independent smallholders in Tanjung Jabung Barat towards RSPO certification.

To achieve the 100% sustainable palm oil base in Jambi, IDH replicated the model we piloted in South Sumatra. The independent smallholders now produce more sustainably and have better access to lucrative, international markets. They sell for example their certificates to RSPO Palmtrace with Unilever as the off-taker.

We commissioned local NGO SETARA to map out the land rights of smallholders and published it online. As a result Tanjung Jabung Barat government started settling open land right issues with smallholder farmers. Smallholders farmers with settled land rights get easier access to funding.

IDH now helps smallholders to access agro-inputs and new planting materials through our Service Delivery Model work. RSPO certification and replanting and fertilizer use will intensify their land use, and in combination with the national government moratorium on palm oil concessions will help to reserve the 2.1 million hectares of ecologically important forest areas, including four national parks and the Harapan Rainforest.

In Jambi, IDH aims to conserve 100,000 hectares (directly and indirectly) of HCV/HCS forest and peatland, restore 10,000 hectares of forest and peatland, and increase sustainable agricultural and forestry production on 40,000 hectares. In addition, we want to improve the livelihoods of 10,000 smallholder farmers and community members.

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