Report: A Profile of Oil Palm Smallholders and the Challenges of Farming Independently

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 should study these farmers and where they are.

This study aims to improve the understanding about independent, small-scale oil palm farmers in Indonesia. It reports on the findings of ongoing surveying and mapping activities of independent, oil palm smallholders in two districts in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia: Kotawaringin Barat and Seruyan. From 2014 until the end of 2015, 1,229 farmers were surveyed and had their lands mapped in the two districts. This included eight villages in Kotawaringin Barat District covering 1,671.61 hectares, and another eight villages in Seruyan District covering 2,182.75 hectares. The figures represent about 6 percent of the total number of oil palm farmers in Kotawaringin Barat District and 9 percent of the total number of oil palm farmers in Seruyan.

The report analyses the main challenges that prevent independent farmers from cultivating oil palm productively and sustainably.

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