ISLA-IDH Jambi visit

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands travelled to Merlung Sub-district of Jambi in Sumatra on the 20th of February. We joined a multi-country donors’ plantation and mill visits led by strategic partner #IDHSustainableTrade. The engagement was built on a collective commitment to mainstreaming traceability and sustainability into Indonesia’s palm oil production while taking on a balancing act in protection and inclusion through Integrated Sustainable Landscape Approach (ISLA). 

During the intervention, stakeholders discussed the economic viability impacts on resource management directly with smallholder farmers, companies and local/regional government to deliver value added business model.  They identified trust issue and the need for shared knowledge on high standard certification, land tenure, and governance mechanisms for deforestation free future in the province – home to 3.4 million people, 12 agriculture commodities and one million hectare of palm oil area of which 60% are managed by independent farmers. 

Sustainability aims to support development progress towards humanity's future well-being and our planet. In the context of agriculture, new innovations are planted to adapt to the changing environment, making the industry more resilient. Collaboration is key, private sectors must continue to support small farmers at the local level while strategic partners can aim at the national level, working with various development banks. Together with other embassies, we will intensify dialogues between all stakeholders to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals are achieved in a timely manner.