Agriculture and horticulture - Malaysia
NI-SCOPS: National Initiatives to Stimulate and Scale up Smallholder Climate-smart Agriculture in Oil Palm Landscapes in Malaysia
NI-SCOPS is a Dutch government supported, public private partnership programme, initiated in 2019 and focused on Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and Ghana. It works in close collaboration with those countries’ governments, through jointly negotiated, government to government agreements.
Delivering on the Amsterdam Declaration commitments, the aim of NI-SCOPS is to demonstrate that the palm oil sector can contribute to the SDGs and Paris Agreement climate ambitions, while improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and workers. NI-SCOPS focuses on landscapes with large numbers of independent smallholders and mills, which are unlikely to be able to get certified.
In Malaysia, a national working group was established that includes all relevant ministries and agencies and have reached bilateral agreements with the Netherlands in 2019. In addition, cooperation agreements have been signed between the national governments and IDH and Solidaridad to implement the NI-SCOPS program.
NI-SCOPS creates a multi-stakeholder platform at the province, or district, level, where agreement is reached on climate-smart development: improving livelihoods and income, increasing resilience to climate shocks, and reducing emissions from farming and deforestation.
Farmers, companies, and governments all commit to change to, and support more, sustainable practices. In this way, palm oil-producing areas or landscapes will become more economically robust and socially just, while protecting and restoring valuable natural resources, leading to a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture and land-use change
Agriculture & Food
Malaysia and the Netherlands join forces to embark on a journey to revolutionize the agriculture industry through applications of innovative, sustainable and high tech systems to farming and horticulture. By matching our knowledge and expertise, we cooperate to contribute to the ambition to grow food efficiently and sustainably for the advancement of Malaysia’s agriculture sector as well as achieving its food security and food safety ambitions.