Small farmers

CROWDE-funding Indonesia’s small food producers

Agriculture is the backbone of Indonesia’s development, contributing 13.1 percent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017. Although its share of the GDP is contracting, the sector remains the second biggest employer for Indonesia, especially in rural areas.

16 December 2018

EU palm oil ban sows bitter seeds

Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop.Half a world away, the European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction.Losing the key European market worries small farmers like Surbakti and millions of others in Indonesia a

25 September 2018