Farmer Field School
Many smallholder farmers face both cropping and income hurdles because of their relatively weak position in a palm oil market dominated by global organisations. Untrained, they are often unable to protect their natural environment and ensure it stays productive.
The farmer field school teaches farmers to adopt sustainable techniques in the use of fertiliser and pesticides, identifying healthy seeds and replanting techniques, allowing participants to improve their income whilst protecting the environment.
Now in its third year, the program is aiming to certify farmers as sustainable palm oil producers in line with international standards (called Roundtable Sustainable Palm Oil or RSPO) and contribute to the promotion of sustainable palm oil production in the region to reduce further deforestation.