Tohhari: How A Restoration Initiative Supports A Seaside Village

Tohhari, a farmer who is also the village head of Sabuai, planted a tree on the restoration land. In a community-led restoration initiative, a coastal village in Central Kalimantan has been ramping up its effort to plant trees on 50 hectares of land. The approach gives ownership to the community, contributes to the local economy, …

Soewarno: Supporting smallholders on the ground at scale

Soewarno in front of an oil palm plantation in Kotawaringin Barat District. Organizing smallholders into farmer groups brings plenty of benefits but is a herculean effort that requires consistent support from all stakeholders. Soewarno, a longtime champion of rural community development in Kotawaringin Barat, is up for the task. In Kotawaringin Barat, a palm oil-producing …

Yadi: Finding Solutions in Sustainable Palm Oil

Yadi, a smallholder from the sub-ethnic of Dayak Ngaju tribe, Seruyan, Central Kalimantan. Sustainable palm oil has improved the livelihoods of many rural families, including those coming from indigenous communities in Kalimantan. For Yadi, a smallholder from the sub-ethnic of Dayak Ngaju tribe, the high-yielding crop has helped him rewrite his life story: after years …

Yadi: A Smallholder with Entrepreneurial Spirit

Yadi, a member of Tani Subur Village Unit Cooperative (KUD) in Pangkalan Tiga village, Pangkalan Lada sub-district, Kotawaringin Barat, Central Kalimantan Opportunity doesn’t knock twice. That’s the motto of the 50-year-old Yadi who works as a smallholder, cattle farmer, and round tofu seller. He juggles it all to improve his family’s economic condition.  When he …

Sutiyana: Leading cooperative with rapid business development

Sutiyana, a group leader in Tani Subur Village Unit Cooperative (KUD) in Pangkalan Tiga Village, Pangkalan Lada District, Central Kalimantan. For 13 years, Sutiyana, a man born in Boyolali, has led Tani Subur village unit cooperative (KUD) in Pangkalan Tiga Village, Pangkalan Lada District, West Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan. His leadership helped KUD Tani Subur develop …

Sumarni: Reaping the Many Benefits of RSPO Certification

Ibu Sumarni  Sustainable palm oil has provided many benefits for Sumarni, a smallholder in Lada Mandala Jaya Village, Pangkalan Lada, West Kotawaringin. Sumarni, 53, and her husband have cultivated oil palms for 15 years, but it was only in the last two years that Sumarni was able to apply sustainable farming in her oil palm …

Rosdiana: Regreen the Earth for Orangutan Habitat and Local Economy

Ibu Rosdiana, 50, a member of the restoration team in Tanjung Hanau Village in Seruyan, Central Kalimantan. The residents of Tanjung Hanau Village, Seruyan, Central Kalimantan, will have forest areas from the community-led restoration activities. Residents will plant saplings in an area with a total area of ​​10 hectares, which is part of the regency-scale …

Margini: Female Farmer Alive and Kicking at Oil Palm Plantation

Ibu Margini Margini, 47, is a transmigrant who later became an independent oil palm farmer in Pangkalan Tiga Village, Pangkalan Lada District, Kotawaringin Barat, Central Kalimantan. In that village, Margini had to deal with many challenges and has grown into a tough and resilient woman. Before setting foot on the island of Borneo, Margini used …

Sarbiyanto: Discipline is Key to RSPO Oil Palm Smallholders

Pak Sarbiyanto Sarbiyanto, a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified oil palm farmer, began to change his ways of farming after he realized the importance of sustainability. He has faithfully adopted environmentally friendly practices when growing oil palm trees and harvesting Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB). Sarbiyanto is one of the many farmers in Sukorejo …

Marlin: Learning to Farm Oil Palms Sustainably

Pak Marlin Marlin and his family moved from East Java to a remote village in Central Kalimantan in the early 1980s. Now, the once-quiet village has developed rapidly from palm oil production, while Marlin has decided to become an independent oil palm farmer and learn about the principles of sustainable farming. Marlin has various types …