The lush forests of Kerinci Seblat National Park landscape in Jambi are home to rich biodiversity and iconic species. In a bid to preserve the ecosystem, forest communities need to be involved in conservation efforts. Through Rikolto’s Payment for Ecosystem Services programme, we transform coffee farmers to solid business partners and guardians of the forests.
Triyono is one of the transformed coffee farmers. Rikolto initially met him in a coffee expo in Jakarta in 2015. At that time he participated in the expo on behalf of the Community Protection of Geographical Indications Koerintji, a coffee farmers’ association in the Kerinci District of Jambi Province. “Previously, I had knowledge about neither coffee business nor good agricultural practices. I cultivated coffee because most farmers in my area did so,” Triyono said.
His collaboration with Rikolto started after the expo. From the start, Triyono showed enthusiasm to learn about coffee business and how to cultivate coffee sustainably. “At first we introduced sustainable and good agricultural practices to farmers and we encouraged coffee farmers to establish a cooperative. In 2017, Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative (Barokah) was finally established,” said Firman Supratman, Payment for Ecosystem Services Curator at Rikolto in Indonesia.
During the period 2017 to 2018, Rikolto assisted Barokah in a myriad of ways to help strengthen the cooperative. But most importantly, Barokah members were encouraged to uphold good agricultural practices in the coffee cultivation. To incentivize farmers, Rikolto linked the cooperative with buyers willing to pay higher price for sustainably produced quality coffee.