IMC REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
Coconut Sugar Project Launch
What is Regenerative Agriculture Project?
IMC together with our partners acknowledges the importance of regenerative agriculture to improve soil health, increase biodiversity and empower rural communities. We also see the key role that farmers play in this agricultural transformation.
By engaging PUR Projet, we are able to understand the key challenges and opportunities to work towards more regenerative practices in Java, Indonesia, with overall goal to support whole farm systems that prioritize diversity and ecological resilience.
PUR Projet conducted a detailed desk review and undertook community specific, field-based assessment with partners including Simple Mills and Avafina. The purpose of this phase was to understand key challenges and opportunities within coconut sugar producing communities; engage in relevant stakeholder discussions; assess the potential for project implementation; and finalize a draft framework for implementation.
Coconut Sugar Production
Coconut sugar has been produced on Java for centuries, with harvesting and cooking practices handed down over generations. Today, Indonesia is one of the world's largest producer of coconut products. Most farm parcels were passed down through generations, and coconut trees are generally a generation old. Farmers do not have a farm management plan, and farms are generally described by farmers as underdeveloped and lacking in design.
Generally, the whole household is involved with harvesting and processing coconut sugar. Generally, due to the height of trees, farmers will only be able to harvest limited trees per session. Previously, farmers were producing block sugar, but have now been trained by IMC to produce coconut sugar which enables farmers to access a stable market and receive higher prices for their production. With support of traders, and additional support from Simple Mills and Avafina, we believe that there are significant opportunities to ensure better farm and kitchen conditions to support farm management, promote ecosystem services, and provide greater income generation.
Accomplished and Ongoing Activities
To Achieve a Sustainable Coconut Sugar Supply
Training on Good Agricultural Practices:
• Development of demonstration plots for Farmer-to-Farmer Training for best practice sharing
• Training on farm management, coconut health, and harvesting
• Support training on regenerative agriculture practice, soil health and biodiversity
• Collaboration with local traders and Simple Mills to address gluten contamination risks
• Identifying key needs for tool replacement, including sources for local tool procurement where possible
• Training on tool repair
• Diagnostic on current kitchen standards, aligned with Gluten Free standards and farmers needs
• Support on cookstove repair
• Stove replacement, monitoring on efficiency
Agroforestry and Dwarf Coconut Trial
• Establishment of local seedling nurseries, training on seed selection
• Training on seedling planting, care and monitoring
• Support for planting diverse systems that encourage biodiversity and income diversity
• Demo-plot and trial of dwarf coconut
• Planting a target of 10'000 trees in year 2022