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25Oct

Levelling the playing field for independent farmers

It generally surprises people who are unfamiliar with the Indonesian palm oil industry to learn that it is not dominated by a handful of big companies. Instead, some two million smallholders own over 40 percent … Continue reading “Levelling the playing field for independent farmers”

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14Oct

ISPO certification – What’s in it for palm oil smallholders?

One of the key challenges in the certification of sustainable palm oil is ensuring smallholders are not left out of the picture. Over 40 percent of Indonesia’s palm oil estates is owned by smallholders, yet … Continue reading “ISPO certification – What’s in it for palm oil smallholders?”

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10Oct

Postcards from the Field – an encounter with plasma smallholders

In Part One of “Postcards from the Field”, GAR intern and Environmental Science student, Clarie Ng, takes a trip to Libo, Riau and meets some  plasma farmers.    My journey begins with a one-and-a-half-hour flight … Continue reading “Postcards from the Field – an encounter with plasma smallholders”

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3Oct

Why we are cheering the WWF Scorecard on Palm Oil

Recently, WWF released their latest scorecard on Palm Oil – this tracks how well big brand companies are keeping to their commitments to use sustainable palm oil in their products. WWF checked 137 companies in … Continue reading “Why we are cheering the WWF Scorecard on Palm Oil”

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27Sep

Working together to support Indonesia’s unsung heroes

Smallholder farmers are the pioneers and backbone of an industry that contributes 15 percent of Indonesia’s GDP.  Even so, only a small percentage of bank lending went to this group in the past, with most … Continue reading “Working together to support Indonesia’s unsung heroes”

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13Sep

Video: Reaching out to smallholders through our Traceability to Plantation project

An estimated two million smallholders in Indonesia own over 40 percent of palm oil estates in the country. We believe that reaching out to this section of the industry is vital for improving their welfare … Continue reading “Video: Reaching out to smallholders through our Traceability to Plantation project”

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22Aug

Ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals – 5

In our continuing series on SDGs and the GSEP, we’re taking a look at SDG17: Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development. At GAR we have a long history of partnering with many of our … Continue reading “Ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals – 5”

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19Jul

Podcast: Challenges of achieving traceability for smallholders

Ian Welsh from Innovation Forum talks to Anita Neville, Vice President, Corporate Communications and External Affairs at GAR about the challenges of achieving traceability, access to markets and sustainability targets for smallholder farmers. Listen to … Continue reading “Podcast: Challenges of achieving traceability for smallholders”

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14Jul

Ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals – 2

Last week, I wrote about how GAR through the GSEP is already working on some of the 17 goals launched by the UN known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. We looked at how … Continue reading “Ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals – 2”

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