Opportunities and Benefits for Smallholders - RT9 2011


Opportunities and Benefits for Smallholders - RT9 2011

Rehabilitation and Reconciliation:Opportunities and benefits forsmallholders22 nd of November 2011In joint effort, presented by:Petra Meekers, Group SustainabilityManager NBPOL

Presentation outline• Smallholder perceptions and RSPO• Rehabilitation process• Reconciliation process• Opportunities and Challenges

Smallholder perceptions andRSPO• Papua New Guinean Smallholders playan important role in the production ofSustainable Palm Oil• NBPOL is working with associatedsmallholder towards sustainableproduction• The model of associated smallholderswas designed based on review ofresponsibilities and independence status

Smallholder perceptions andRSPOSmallholder Palm Oil Organisations and LPCO.P.R.A.Oil Palm Research AssociationO.P.I.C.Oil Palm Industry CorporationP.O.P.A.Palm Oil Producers Association4

Smallholder perceptions andRSPO• Smallholders want to understand the aims andobjectives of RSPO implementation?• Which institutes will be able to guide theimplementation?• What can RSPO certification bring for smallholders?- Support, training and awareness are the main drivers- This is compounded by mixed performance of theinvolved government body in rural service delivery

HECTACRESRehabilitation process12000SMALLHOLDERS BY TYPE10000800060004000200001LSS 3269VOP 112567

Rehabilitation processChallenges faced:- Road access- Replant requirement of 5000 ha- No fertilizer application- Upkeep- Disputes on blocks8

Rehabilitation processProposal:• Discuss with smallholders the option of managementguidance• Employ the village youth, train and help with addressingdisputes in the areas by empowering the villagecommunities by training and implementation of GAP• Clean up the blocks, rehabilitate and replant wherenecessary9

Rehabilitation process• Crop will be harvested and weighed separately fromeach block to ensure that the growers are paid outcorrectly.• Set up strategic points to enable growers to delivercrop• Introduce tractors to the more remote areas tocollect crop and deliver to the buying points• Yield increase to improve incomes for the growers10

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TonnesRehabilitation processTrial months / tonnes increased250.00240.00230.00220.00210.00200.00190.00180.00170.00160.00150.00140.00130.00120.00110.00100.0090.0080.0070.0060.0050.0040.0030.0020.0010.00-115.53105.4661.01176.7873.35165.07184.2196.12 95.62176.6075.13172.3765.49166.6772.58215.39Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul93.81186.88250.00200.00199.49150.00100.0074.6050.00-FFBProdOct-09toJuly-10(B4Rehab)12

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Reconciliation process• 1973- 2000 Solomon IslandsPlantations Ltd in operation;NBPOL GPPOL• Total = 6,500 ha• 10% Smallholders crop 289individual blocks14

Reconciliation process• Late 1999– June 2003 Ethnic tension,the plantation estates were destroyedand abandoned• April 2005: GPPOL commencedoperations in Solomon Islands. Jointventure partners NBPOL (80%) andGuadalcanal Plains ResourceDevelopment Association (20%)(Landowner Association)• 19 May 2006: Production commencedafter reconstruction of existing mill (25tonne/hr)15

Reconciliation process• Different setup in the Solomon• Cultural diversity at local and national level• Ethnic Tension and long memories• Landowners Association is vital if effective –dealing with one body and provides a buffer andensures participation16

Reconciliation processProgram focus:• Involve the women, never underestimate the strengthand the power of the women• Understand the family and cultural structure• Local argument can become a company problem• Respect needs to be established• Adjusted Company personnel attitude17

Reconciliation process• Work with the youth and young adults• Local ownership in Company and smallholders• Develop local and regional businesses, support the localbusiness houses. If they don't exist, find that buddingentrepreneur.18

Reconciliation process• Local training – financial management, first aid, literacy• Discuss perceptions and find balanced approach• Formalised grievance procedure, audited• Join community gatherings, courses, church, meetings• Engaged RAMSI and supported community19

Opportunities and ChallengesPolitical, Environmental, Social and Technical• Generic Standard - National Interpretation -Regionaldifferences• Communities / smallholders - companies notgovernments• Driving force should be Good Agricultural Practices• HCV,carbon stocks vs livelihoods• Economic development – rural poverty - FPIC• Health and Education• Remote locations - poor infrastructure20

Thank youwww.nbpol.com.pgPetra Meekerspmeekers@gsasustainability.com

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