World First ISCC Independent Smallholder Certificate

26.03.2018, Jambi (Indonesia)

Independent smallholders from Jambi have received their first ISCC certificate. This was celebrated on 26 March at Swiss Belhotel in Jambi City with around 100 participants, project partners such as SNV, Government and company representatives. The certificate is based on an innovative smallholder approach, which was developed as part of the Berbak Green Prosperity project co-funded by MCA Indonesia and supported by Mott MacDonald.

The event was moderated by Dr. Erwin Widodo, who is also a representative of Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) in Southeast Asia. A press conference was also organized during that day, so that questions from the press have been answered officially.
The event was attended by Vice Governor of Jambi, Dr. H. Fachrory Umar and Poprianto Bustami, Head of 4th Commission, Lower Parliament and Heads of Agencies of Districts of Muaro Jambi. The welcome address was given by Imron Rosadi, Head of Investment Agency followed by the opening speech from the Vice Governor. The ISCC Certificate issued by the certification body Mutuagung Lestari was handed over by the Vice Governor to Sufyan, Group Certification Manager of KUD Makarti.
Hans Smit, Head of SNV Global Palm Program and Dani Rahadian Hidayat, Palm Oil Advisor, SNV provided details of the project and how to make smallholders certification ready. Andreas Feige, Managing Director of ISCC explained the Independent Smallholder Certification concept enabling smallholder farmers to access the international market for fully traceable and deforestation free palm oil at a competitive price, taking away the need to further expand into forested areas. Sufyan of KUD Makarti shared his experience during the project and provided feedback on challenges and benefits from the farmers end. He was followed by Martinus Nata, Director, Prosympac who explained the role of the mill and gave an outlook on the mills plan in how to integrate thousands of smallholders in the near future. Bernard Alexander Riedo, Director, Asian Agri and Dr. Haskalianus Pasang, Head of Sustainability Policy and Compliance, Sinarmas gave insights in their company goals and their plans in how to extend their smallholder supply base. Last but not least Andreas Feige presented a smallholder mobile APP and the GRAS database and risk management tool which enables smallholders to receive an automated response whether their fields are eligible for certification especially regarding highly biodiverse and carbon rich areas and deforestation. Finally the participants broke out into group discussions on ISCC and ISPO certification, access to micro finance, Jambi investments and smallholder capacity building, moderated by Dr. Erwin Widodo. He also announced in his capacity as TFA representative that ISCC is in the process of becoming a TFA member.

ISCC is thankful to all the parties, who support the smallholders becoming certified and participating in the organization of the event and we strongly believe that this is just the first step of a very successful path for the independent smallholders in Indonesia.

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