Rikolto and Akvo held a knowledge exchange session in Bali, on Friday (26/4) with a theme “How Can Data Support Sustainable Agriculture Practices in Indonesia?” The event brought together NGOs, researchers and agri-tech companies working on the agriculture sector, to discuss opportunities and challenges to ensure that data brings value to smallholder farmers.
Knowledge exchange is a Rikolto’s biannually learning event. This round, we teamed up with Akvo, a Netherland-based not-for-profit foundation that creates open source, internet and mobile software and sensors. Three speakers from Rainforest Alliance (Eldo Soplantila), Rikolto (Hani Sulastri Hamid) and Akvo (Ima Puspita Sari) shared to an audience of 20 people at Rumah Sanur how their organisations have used data. Participants from Rikolto, Akvo, Rainforest Alliance, ICCO, INOBU, TRIPPER, Kopernik, AgUnity, Hawaii University, Sustainability Tech, Kalimajari Foundation and Saint Gallen University attended the event.
Eldo, Senior Training Specialist of Rainforest Alliance (RA) told the audience about what certification is and how data and digitalisation can benefit farmers and improve farming management. Rainforest Alliance is an NGO working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. They launched a sustainable forestry certification program in 1989 to encourage market-driven and environmentally management of forests, tree farms and forest resources. Based on RA’s experience, Eldo said that data can help farmers in certification processes.
To obtain a Rainforest Alliance (RA) certification, farmers have to demonstrate and show evidence that they comply to RA’s sustainability requirements. These requirements cover four main aspects: management, Good Agriculture Practices, social and working conditions, and environment. In order to meet all of the requirements, farmers have to improve their capacities and adopt sustainable practices. Hence, Eldo see certification as an advocacy tool. “Farmers are involved and trained throughout the certification process. They learn why certification is important and with an obtained knowledge, they can advocate their needs,” Eldo said.