HRNS Indonesia Country Programme Location: Indonesia
Together with J.M. Smucker Company, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, International Coffee Partners (ICP), The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the Initiative for coffee&climate (c&c), we are collectively aiming to improve the livelihood of smallholder coffee farmers by increasing their productivity, profitability and climate resilience in Southern Sumatra, Indonesia.
The programme aims to achieve this in an economically, environmentally and sustainable manner by focussing particularly on women and youth in the region. The programme initiated in 2014 and is currently active in the largest Robusta producing area of the country, OKU Selatan District of South Sumatra Province. With the help of our HRNS Indonesia team, we have reached over 20,000 smallholder farmers and their families across the region.
The programme works around two main paradigms:
- If trained appropriately, smallholder farmers can improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their Robusta systems.
- Smallholder coffee farmer’s position throughout the local coffee value chain may be improved if the collective participation of farmer organisations is encouraged.
Through a series of training of trainers, practice-orientated farmer field schools, individual follow-up and guidance visits, cross visits or field days, HRNS extends agronomic and technical information on good Robusta husbandry practices and organisational development.
- Approximately nine-out of-ten programme farmers have partially or fully adopted some of these practises.
- The average yield of farmer’s green beans has risen from under 500 kg per hectare in 2014 to nearly 800 kg per hectare in 2018 and 2019.
- About 15% of programme farmers have started to sell their coffee through project-established coffee cooperatives where they have been able to receive up to an additional USD 25 per tonne of coffee, compared to what they would get if they sold to a local collector or trader. While this may not seem like much money, this is enough to cover nearly two months of school fees for a child of a rural household in Indonesia.