Indonesian Smallholders Given Spotlight at RSPO’s RT15 Event

December 12, 2017. Despite the disruption from the erupting Mount Agung, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) successfully held its annual Roundtable 15 (RT15) event last month. What made 477 people from 40 countries, representing the global palm oil industry, smallholders and civil society, participate in the event?

The event is a global platform for all voices in the palm oil supply chain, making sure that all standards and practices can be achieved and are beneficial to everyone. The meeting that was held at the Grand Hyatt Bali Hotel (November 27-30, 2017), made a number of key announcements such as launching its 2017 impact report and focus on sustainable palm oil production in Africa, as well as the RSPO Smallholder Strategy.

Most notably, Indonesian smallholders were also given certificates for successfully achieving RSPO certification. RSPO certification guarantees that smallholder farmers have adopted environmentally sustainable practices and, consequently, are able to increase their incomes by improving their market access. This will, in turn, contribute to a sustainable global palm oil supply chain.

Three farmers that were assisted by INOBU (Sutiyana, Nyoto, and Muh Dari) attended RT15 as smallholder representatives from Kotawaringin Barat District and Seruyan District, Central Kalimantan. On the third day of the event, certificates were handed to the Tani Subur Village Unit Cooperative (KUD), which was received by Sutiyana, its Group Manager. The Tani Subur KUD is the first KUD in Kalimantan to receive RSPO certification after just 1.5 years.

Inovasi Bumi (INOBU)
Seruni Soewondo