Sustainable Agriculture with Cutting Edge Applicable Technology

Merancang Ilir
Published: 10 June 2019
Last edited: 11 June 2019
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Summary

Developing agribusiness area as a competitive option for the farmers/people who lives surrounded by mining and palm oil area is a very simple idea and easy to practice for the rural people. Through development of sustainable farming combined with innovation of post harvest products, the revenue of this activity can become very competitive compared to sacrificing their land to be converted to mining and palm oil plantation area for big companies. We believe by practicing sustainable agribusiness, the people can protect their ecosystem along with increasing their life quality financially. This concept is what we’re going to implant to the youths through practice. Together, with help of local government, civil society, and business, we encourage the youths to keep innovating in the sector of agriculture and post harvest processing as the best choices to protect their ecosystem and their future.

Classifications

Region
Southeast Asia
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Agro-ecosystem
Cropland
Theme
Agriculture
Connectivity / transboundary conservation
Disaster risk reduction
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Protected area management planning
Sustainable financing
Sustainable development goals
SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
Sendai Framework
Target 3: Reduce direct disaster economic loss in relation to GDP by 2030
Target 4: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030
Target 6: Enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation of this Framework by 2030

Location

Berau, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia | Merancang Ilir, Gunung Tabur Distict
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Challenges

  1. Hard to communicate the development concept to local people
  2. The political situation might vary locally and regionally
  3. Hard to motivate the youth to do product innovation when there's a risk to fail commercially.

Beneficiaries

  • It will benefit the local people themselves.
  • local to national government level
  • The youths (farmers, unemployed youths, intellectual)
  • Investors

How do the building blocks interact?

First step of agribusiness development in Merancang Ilir, we conducted participatory mapping that also contains political criteria/factor thus we have internal analysis to intervene with village development. We carefully picked the key person in order to minimize internal conflict within the village. The final results of the mapping is giving a legitimation of farmers to have their own agribusiness area and it’s synchronized to village development plan. After we helped to organize farmers, we helped to organize group of farmers’s wives to have a village owned company, Pondok Lada. Right now we’re focusing on producing post harvest product of pepper, graded pepper berries and pepper powder. We also facilitate to do increase management of Pondok Lada to be more professional company, such as simple accounting training, creating a business plan, marketing strategies, etc. Currently we’re also helping to run a village level research and development group focusing on how to increase the quality of peppers, conducting research of intensification of fish farming, and creating organic fertilizer through the waste of fish farming in order to have sustainabillity aspect, organic farming.

Impacts

  1. People know about their own ecological capability and how they should live their life more healthily and sustainably.
  2. People know about the importance of the legal status of their land before illegal land grabbing happened.
  3. People know how to manage their land and development plan using integrated geographic information system. By participatory mapping, people know how their local ecosystem behaves, thus increasing knowledge on how to conserve it for their next generations.
  4. By creating legalizing their policy, villagers can have legal security from inside threat, e.g land monopoly and outside threats, e.g land acquisition by palm oil and mining companies.
  5. By identifying farmers as the economic foundation of the village, officials must have supported their needs to solve problems with collaboration with their research community. The solutions was indeed according to sustainable planning guldelines that are agreed together.
  6. Officials and farmers together hold the responsibility together, minimalize blaming each other.
  7. Upgrading biocapacity and human capacity to keep up with technological challenges from the present and the future.
  8. Open up knowledge about present and future opportunity to produce developed products. It can increase value in open market so it also increase local economy and local human capacity.

Story

Pondok Lada 2018

Ms Putri, a wife of the head villager is coordinating a group of farmers' wives to start a local scale company/UMKM, called Pondok Lada. She dreams that the prosperity of the pepper farmers will not go away as the raw pepper prices fluctuate greatly every year. So she initiate to increasing buying level of raw pepper using Pondok Lada. The group manages to buy raw pepper from farmers at a reasonable price so that the farmers can close their production cost and have a profit from the selling. Now to support the financing of Pondok Lada, along with the members of the group, she innovates some products that have never been created before, for example a pure pepper powder and highest quality of raw pepper.

To increase the brand value, she managed to get help to repackage the product so it can be easier to consume and easier to carry without losing the value of hygiene. Now, in less than a year Pondok Lada has attended various training sessions and exhibitions to increase the product value and promote the product and organizations. The products has been promoted through South East Asia Market in 4th IMT-GT & BIMPT-EAGA in Thailand last July 2018 and aimed to expand its market to attend Trade Expo Indonesia in October 2018.

Contributed by

nuril haris