Our Strategy

Multi-Stakeholder Governance

At INOBU, we believe that real transformation is outside the reach of any one group of actors. Systemic change is only possible when diverse actors collaborate to solve the problems causing environmental degradation and rural poverty. Read More

Jurisdictional Sourcing

Jurisdictional sourcing - a jurisdiction-wide approach to commodity sourcing - has the potential to transform our commodity supply chains: reducing the cost of sustainability sourcing for companies, and opening new markets for small-scale farmers and indigenous communities. Read More


Through our research, we deliver technological and policy innovations that drive sustainable development. INOBU's innovations are carefully tailored to streamline government systems and empower smallholders and indigenous communities.  Read More

Applied Research

Finding solutions that are sustainable, equitable and profitable is rarely simple. INOBU's team brings the best minds in environmental policy, law, economics, and spatial analysis to dissect the issues and develop lasting solutions. Read More

Our projects

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GCF Taskforce (Governors’ Climate & Forests Taskforce)
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Research Projects
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Technological Innovation

Latest news

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PELITA Seruyan Agricultural Facility to Provide Smallholde...

March 12, 2018. Indonesian oil palm smallholders face a number of challenges, such as limited access to certified seeds, training, fertilizer, and other agricultural inputs. Despite making up to 44% of the total area under oil palm... Read More
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AKAPe Working for a Better Future for Indigenous People in...

February 1, 2018. The clock has turned 17.10, and six people from AKAPe (Aspirasi Kaki Abu untuk Perubahan or Aspiration for Change), a local NGO from Fakfak, West Papua, are currently resting after a full day of training. The name... Read More
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Tani Subur Village Unit Cooperative: The Second Independen...

December 14, 2017. The Indonesian palm oil sector has made major progress this year in certifying smallholders. RSPO certificates were given to Indonesian smallholders at last month’s RT15 event, and this month, the Ministry of... Read More
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We aspire for an Indonesia where land and seascapes are managed sustainably and benefit the communities that depend on them
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Our Impact

Program Impact Area (hectares)
Farmers RSPO & ISPO Certified
Smallholders Mapped
Commodity Supply Chains Being Transformed

Resources & Publications

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Report: A Profile of Oil Palm Smallholders and the Challen...

Ensuring that independent, small-scale oil palm farmers are cultivating oil palm sustainably and productively is an integral step to in reducing the environmental harm caused by oil palm cultivation. To achieve that goal, we first... Read More
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INOBU Brief: Monitoring...

Monitoring systems need to be able to detect where harmful environmental activities are taking place and when they occurred. This means having reliable systems for detecting deforestation, forest degradation and fires. Detecting events,... Read More
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INOBU Brief: Mapping Smallholder Oil Palm Farmers: Innova...

The sustainability of palm oil supply chains relies on being able to trace the commodity from origin to production and processing. Consumers want to know that the palm oil they use has not led to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions... Read More
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Smallholder Certification Progress

INOBU is proud to present the results of our smallholder certification program of a pilot group of 600 oil palm smallholders in Pangkalan Tiga village, Kotawaringin Barat District (Central Kalimantan). Smallholders are undergoing certification under the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standard, and next will undergo Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification. Our program is supported by Unilever and RSPO.
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Our Employees

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Indra Divayana

Indra started working with INOBU as a Researcher in December 2017. He holds a Masters degree in Forest Management Science and a Bachelors degree in Forest Management from Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor. Prior... Read More
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Olivia Griselda Sianturi

Legal Research Assistant
Olivia graduated from Padjadjaran University’s Law Faculty in Bandung, focusing on social and human rights and Criminal Law for her final thesis. After graduating in 2013, she went on to work in a number of NGOs such... Read More
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Dara Natalia

Field Assistant
Dara is a Field Assistant in Gunung Mas district, Central Kalimantan. Dara graduated from the Education and Teaching Faculty in Palangkaraya University. At INOBU, Dara provides assistance for smallholders as well as... Read More
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Michael Padmanaba

Research Manager
Michael Padmanaba, also known as Nobo, started working with Inovasi Bumi (INOBU) as a Research Manager in January 2018. He holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in China and... Read More
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Kristin Stevani Wowor

Human Resources Officer
Kristin joined INOBU as a Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining INOBU, she worked as a senior associate talent at EY Indonesia. She holds a bachelors degree in International Business Administration from Samratulangi... Read More
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Yasril La Ery

Community Development Specialist
Yasril graduated from Haluoleo Kendari University with a degree in Communications. Yasril has numerous experience in the NGO sector. He also worked in a research consultant on social issues across Indonesia. Yasril worked... Read More
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What drives us?

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Finding lasting solutions to environmental issues drives us. Rigorous research followed by transformative innovation inspires us. INOBU takes environmental problems, researches the conditions surrounding them, develops innovative interventions, and then pilots and tests them on the ground. We seek solutions to the structural flaws and coalesce the right mix of actors to participate in solving them.