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Seeds of change: Indonesia's cocoa farmers embrace climate resilience

By Benjamin Holst

In the heart of Lampung Province, South Sumatra, a transformative movement is taking root. The Climate-Smart Cocoa Farming project is a collaborative effort funded by CISU, led by Rikolto Indonesia, and supported by Preferred by Nature.

In the heart of Lampung province, South Sumatra, a transformative movement is taking root. The Climate-Smart Cocoa Farming project is a collaborative effort funded by CISU, led by Rikolto Indonesia, and supported by Preferred by Nature. The project is redefining cocoa farming amidst the challenges of climate change, which represents a significant shift from traditional agriculture to a more holistic, environmentally sustainable, and socially resilient approach.

Climate-smart agriculture: A new dawn for cocoa farmers

The cornerstone of this project is the implementation of climate-smart agroforestry (CSA) practices among cocoa farmers. These practices aim to fortify cocoa cultivation against climate-induced challenges like fluctuating weather patterns and rising pest outbreaks. By integrating innovative farming techniques, the project not only aims to boost crop yields but also to enhance soil health and reduce the ecological footprint of cocoa farming, setting a precedent for future agricultural practices. All this is embedded in a thorough landscape analysis, which Preferred by Nature is leading, to understand the physical, environmental,  social, and cultural characteristics of the Lampung Province.

Agroforestry: Cultivating sustainability

A pivotal aspect of the project is the incorporation of agroforestry, which marries agricultural and forestry practices. This method not only bolsters farm productivity and sustainability but also plays a crucial role in supporting biodiversity and facilitating carbon sequestration. It represents a harmonious balance between cultivation and environmental conservation, offering a sustainable land-use model that benefits both farmers and the ecosystem.

Empowering communities, forging market connections

The project places a significant emphasis on the empowerment of women and youth in cocoa farming communities. Recognizing their indispensable role in agriculture, the initiative provides specialized training and resources to help diversify their income sources, fostering resilient communities with a vested interest in sustainable farming. Additionally, the project is pioneering the concept of connecting sustainable, climate-smart cocoa production with 'green' premium markets. This innovative market linkage ensures that farmers practicing sustainable methods are fairly compensated, encouraging environmental stewardship and creating a sustainable value chain that benefits the farmer, consumer, and the planet.

In conclusion, the Climate-Smart Cocoa Farming project in Lampung Province is a beacon of hope and innovation. It exemplifies how integrated approaches to agriculture, community empowerment, and environmental conservation can forge a sustainable and resilient future. This initiative stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, vision, and sustainable practices in crafting a better world for all.

Climate-resilient agroforestry: Implementation of climate-smart practices to enhance the resilience of cocoa farming against climate change effects, improving crop yields and soil health.

Empowerment of local communities: Focused efforts on empowering women and youth in cocoa farming communities through targeted training and resource allocation.

Sustainable market linkages: Establishing connections between sustainable cocoa production and 'green' premium markets, creating a value chain that benefits farmers, consumers, and the environment.

For more information, please contact:

Helene Zakariasen
Project Specialist

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