Despite Indonesia’s impressive economic growth, acute malnutrition remains a public health issue across Indonesia, with some places more severely affected than others. Stunting frequently occurs among children, and iron deficiency anemia is common among women of reproductive age.
To combat deforestation, interventions must support both development and inclusion. Smallholders need to be brought on the journey towards zero deforestation. A new research collaboration aims to assess what programmes see most success on these dual deliverables.
With the growing awareness of issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution flows and topics like social justice, sustainability moves into the central focus of businesses and regulators around the world. Universities are adding modules and embedding sustainability into their curriculums. One such module is the University of St.Gallen’s (Switzerland) Asia Compact course on “Sustainability in Singapore and Southeast Asia, part of the Masters of General Management program.
Musim Mas assisted the first independent smallholders to gain Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (#ISPO) certification of the Ministry of Agriculture Decree No. 38,2020.
The company's smallholders program has been training smallholders to meet the same efficient farming standards as industrial plantations. The program also features modules covering agronomy and NDPE (#NoDeforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation) commitments. Watch this video to find out how the program helps improve sustainability, and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
September 2, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Palm oil holds a significant place in the African region. Oil palm is indigenous to Africa — its use as a basic food crop has been vital to the inhabitants of the equatorial regions in Africa as far back as 3000 BC in Egypt. Presently, the African region is estimated to have more than 4 million hectares of oil palm production area across over 22 countries. As an emerging market for palm oil, the region accounts for approximately 5% of global palm oil output, and at least 10% of the global palm oil demand.
First ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia evaluated 24 leading seed companies in the region on support for Sustainable Development Goals
Manila, The Philippines, November 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Thailand-based East-West Seed outperformed global giants Bayer and Syngenta in the first-ever Access to Seeds Index for South and Southeast Asia, which evaluated the efforts of 24 leading seed companies in the region to support growth in the productivity of smallholder farmers, one of the main targets of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).