05/25/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2018 04:13
Jakarta, April 18, 2018-In the end period of the Green Prosperity Project implementation, as part of Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Indonesia/Compact, in Indonesia on April 2018, the supporting stakeholders were gathered in a workshop as entitled as 'Policy Dialogue on Sustainability Strategy for Green Prosperity Investment in Indonesia.' The workshop itself was conducted in Le-Meridien Hotel, Jakarta, on April 18, 2018.
During the workshop, the schedule was categorized into plenary and parallel discussion sessions as opportunities for the participants in deeply discussing the portfolios on Social Forestry, Renewable Energy, Peatlands Restoration, and Sustainable Agriculture. The participants were the representatives of national, provincial, and district government institutions, implementing organizations of MCA-I programs, civil society organizations, and other signified stakeholders with program implementations.
And the Cocoa Sustainability Partnership (CSP) was invited by the committee to become one of the resource persons in order to portray the roadmap of CSP and its opportunities to establish partnership with government during the Sustainable Agriculture session. Furthermore, the representatives of Swisscontact, PT. Musim Mas, Planet Partnerhsip/CPO Fund, and Koltiva were also presented to explain their works in this particular issue.
The session, which was attended by approximately 30 participants, produced several important issues during the discussion process. One of them was in order to support the sustainability of MCA-I programs' achievements, it needed to be reported and discussed with the government within minimally one year before the program terminated. It was the answer in ensuring the sustainability of an activity. The efforts, moreover, to distribute and develop certain successful projects and activities should be considered to perform in the future.
Regarding the issue on partnership and collaboration plan with the government, the important action was about the availability of roadmap. 'The roadmap of CSP is developed from the national government had initiated through its roadmap, especially the Directorate General of Estate Crops, Ministry of Agriculture. And each party then can perform their roles in filling the gaps in sustainable Indonesian cocoa development.' As mentioned by Wahyu Wibowo, the Executive Director of Cocoa Sustainability Partnership in his presentation. He also mentioned that the CSP roadmap should be synergized with the Ministry of Industry, particularly in developing the cocoa-based product downstream development.
From the discussion during the session on Sustainable Agriculture, the participants had resulted in some fruitful issues such as the government support in developing the sustainable cocoa in Indonesia, even it was clearly exposed that the budget allocation of the government for this sector was limited. In doing so, the government invited the participation of private sectors in establishing the partnership and reached wider range of cocoa farmers in the production center areas.
The role of government in supporting the cocoa farmers was the preparation of a policy on financial scheme that could be accessible for the smallholder cocoa farmers. This financial support could be utilized by them in the processes of cocoa plant rehabilitation and rejuvenation in their field. And the proposed scheme of government was a financial credit with 7% interest rate in three years grace period. In doing the continuous assistance and facilitation, the role of government was highly needed through its extension staffs in the field. Even the number of extension staffs was small, and they must handled all types of agricultural commodities, but their roles were demanded by the farmers. It was expected that the cocoa stakeholders could spare their time and resources in providing supports in accelerating and enriching the knowledge of these agricultural extension staffs.