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Coconut Sugar Farmers: Partnering with PPP and Fairtrade Certification

Life is tough for most coconut sugar farmers. Despite their hard labor, most are still mired in poverty and hopelessly tangled in the traditional 'sistem ijon' where middlemen 'buy' the crop from the farmer at at a locked-in low price while the crop is still green/young. Small farmers are easily exploited because they usually don't have direct access to the market and have to rely on these middlemen to sell their crop. This system inevitably brings the big profits of the harvest only to the middlemen. The lack of improvement in quality also makes it very difficult for their coconut sugar to compete in better markets. ... [read more]

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Cassava & Dragon Fruit Chips: First Export Batch in Partnership with PPP

Cassava (manioc) is usually viewed as a cheap, low-profit produce, grown by subsistence farmers who are struggling to make ends meet. PMA is working to change that condition, starting with the farmers in Bali. To that end, we become the bridge that connects the local Subak (the traditional Balinese farmers cooperative) with PPP(Public Private Partnership) – a program by the German government and its private sector with the purpose to boost agribusiness.... [read more]

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Striped PEANUT: Unexpected Bounty

At first glance, there's nothing special about Kefamenanu. Arid and dusty, it's a 5-hour drive from Kupang, the capital of the East Nusa Tenggara province in eastern Indonesia. Trees and shrubs fill our view, with the occasional dry river beds and sand dunes breaking the panorama. Initially we were hesitant to explore this area, but little did we know that this seemingly barren region turns out to be a heaven for the cultivation of a very unique peanut. ... [read more]

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Organic Cashews: a success story in Bali

PMA's passion is that of a farmer. It's not lip-service or image-branding, but that passion is at the core of each PMA program. The development of the natural and human resources has been PMA's key to success in expanding organic farming. One of these success stories belongs to an organic farmer community in Bali. ... [read more]

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