Through our collaborative applied research, we propose and test solutions for addressing the large-scale, systemic challenges of environmental degradation and rural poverty to achieve healthy ecosystems and
prosperous rural communities.
Imagine a district or a province in Indonesia where every commodity is produced without causing deforestation or destroying important ecosystems. Commodity producers in the district or province are highly productive contributing to the welfare of all residents of the district. Indigenous and local communities in the district have their rights acknowledged and violations of those rights are severely penalized.
We believe that every district in Indonesia can achieve this vision, by making the transition from their current practices and becoming a sustainable district. The transition towards sustainability is not a straightforward path. Many challenges limit the progress including limited authority of local governments, issues with the regulations, limited capacity and resources. Inobu helps map out the challenges encountered by local governments to make the transition and propose for solutions – regulatory, technology and others. We test the proposed solutions together with the stakeholders and refine them over time. We shared the lessons with the national government and other civil society partners who also are working with local governments for replication.
Mohammad Heremba is a charismatic and humorous farmer of Papuan Nutmeg (Myristica argentea). His village, Pang Wadar, is located one hour’s drive from the district capital in Fakfak District, which can be reached after seven hours of flying from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. For generations, his family have lived from harvesting wild nutmeg. The nutmeg