Indonesian Government to Prioritise Smallholder Mapping Via FoKSBIApr 6, 2016
On April 5, 2016, the Indonesia Palm Oil Platform - FoKSBI - hosted and coordinated a discussion and a series of presentations focused on smallholder mapping and data base development. The purpose of the meeting, which was held at the Ministry of Agriculture, was to exchange information on smallholder mapping and database development efforts with government representatives and NGOs.
Based on the various presentations made, a significant discrepancy between the work of government institutions and NGOs was identified. Generally, it was found that the Government’s work on mapping and database management did not provide details at a provincial level. Conversely, mapping and database collection conducted by NGOs at a grassroots level provided more specific details. The participants agreed a common methodology for collecting data and mapping of smallholders needs to be developed.
The meeting was chaired by Dudi Gunadi, Director of Estate Crops Protection, Directorate General of Estates at the Ministry of Agriculture and was attended by important representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning, the National Aerospace Institute, the Agriculture Statistical Centre and the Geospatial Information Agency. Civil society participants and presenters included Oil Palm Smallholders Union (SPKS), NGOs namely CIFOR, WRI, INOBU, IDH as well as consulting firm Daemeter.
Meeting chairman, Dudi Gunadi, underlined the importance of having developing a One Map policy for smallholders, which could be used for many purpose such as providing legal papers (STDB) for smallholder plots once they are found to be growing outside of conservation areas.
This smallholder database meeting was a specific follow-up from the recommendations of all four FoKSBI working group discussions conducted throughout last year. The working groups considered smallholder mapping and the availability of a public database of smallholder information essential for many interventions required in sustainably transforming Indonesia’s oil palm industry, especially with regard to improving smallholder yields and also determining how many smallholders have settled inside state forest concessions.
Moving forward, the government representatives present at the mapping meeting recommended that FoKSBI support the coordination of NGOs which would like to submit their existing data and research for national use. All meeting participants agreed to follow-up in the next quarter with a small task force to collate relevant data for submission to the government.
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