06 Jun '18, 7am

Empowering community farmers to be the catalyst for change in sustainable agriculture

This article is sponsored by Asia Pulp and paper. Agus Suryono was a struggling oil palm farmer in his Indonesian village where the economy was dependent on palm plantations. He earned $150-200 a month (converted from Indonesian rupiah). Five years ago, he joined a locally operated social economy program to educate farmers on best practices for community agriculture and forestry. He learned environmentally friendly methods to improve fertilizer, grow seeds and use equipment. Since his time in the program, Suryono switched from farming oil palm to vegetables and livestock. Today, he’s grown his chili pepper farm to earn $3,000 a month and employs 15 fellow villagers. He even speaks internationally, including at United Nations events, about supporting local farmers in taking up eco-friendly, forest-based livelihoods. This is just one of many stories about how supporting loca...

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