BASF and Henkel have partnered with the development organisation Solidaridad to support a project in Indonesia and advocate for smallholder and local initiatives.
When renewable raw materials such as palm oil and palm kernel oil are used, the main focus is on economic, environmental and social impacts along the entire supply chain – from field to shelf. Small farms produce around 40 percent of the world’s palm and palm kernel oil. An important question for the oil producing countries is how to increase the yields from the land already under cultivation.
This is why Henkel and BASF are collaborating with the development organisation Solidaridad to support a project in Indonesia and advocate for smallholders and local initiatives.
Training for around 5,500 farmers
Sustainable farming methods, efficient production and high occupational health and safety standards are some of the most important conditions for certified palm oil production. Smallholders can learn how to fulfill these requirements locally in dedicated training programmes. Since 2015, Henkel has been supporting the five-year-project in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan.
Earlier this year, BASF joined the effort as an additional industrial partner. The smallholder programme is implemented by Solidaridad in cooperation with its partners Good Return and Credit Union Keling Kumang (CUKK).
The Australian non-governmental organisation Good Return coaches and supports the teachers who carry out the training on the ground and who will continue the farmer support programme after the project ends. The teachers are employees of CUKK, the second largest local credit organisation in Indonesia.