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The Partnership no. 8

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CSR Improving living

CSR Improving living standards of Indonesian farmers Companies doing business influence the environment. Ever more companies formulate plans to make that influence as positive as possible, for instance by improving the living standards of local people. The Yayasan Bina Tani Sejahtera Foundation is such an initiative, in which joint forces have achieved great results. Farmer Mrs. Anita Wote (second in front from left) happily shows the Bonanza sweet corn harvest of this season with her team. Her farm is located in Kalipitu village on the Indonesian Halmahera island. Yayasan Bina Tani Sejahtera – now led by Edwin S. Saragih (on the picture at the right) – provides farmers development and technical services allowing them to improve crop performance and thus to increase their income. At the basis of this project is Indonesia’s largest vegetable seed company PT East West Seed Indonesia (Ewindo). The founders of this jointventure, Enza Zaden’s Piet Mazereeuw and Simon Groot of East West Seed, are also the founding fathers of the Yayasan Bina Tani Sejahtera Foundation (YBTS), which they established in 2009. However, the foundation’s everyday affairs are all handled by the Ewindo team, which Edwin S. Saragih has been leading since 2014. Improving living standards “The foundation’s aims are in line with those of PT East West Seed Indonesia. Basically they are to give vegetable growers all the help they need,” explains Edwin Saragih. More than hunderd million Indonesian people are active in the agricultural sector. That’s just over forty percent of the country’s total population. Indonesia is an impressive, highly diverse archipelago comprising densely populated islands such as Java on the one hand and many virtually uninhabited islands on the other. “The Yayasan Bina Tani Sejahtera Foundation helps growers grow their vegetables, especially in the remote parts of the lowlands with their difficult conditions. By sharing our expertise and technology we improve the living standards of many farming families. YBTS actually bridges the gap between Ewindo and farmers in remote areas. With the experienced YBTS team we hope to be able to increase the capacity and production of these farmers. Ewindo is incidentally not the only organisation supporting us. We also receive help from other strategic partners as non-profit organisations, for example Cordaid Nederland and Wageningen University & Research.” Economic growth Thanks to the impressive economic growth, the Indonesian population now has more money to spend and people can choose what they consume. This has led to an increase in the consumption of vegetables, and to consumers asking for fresh, safe and tasty products. All this is strengthened by the awareness that vegetables contribute towards a healthy lifestyle, especially in growing children. These developments make things difficult for the country’s farmers, who don’t always know how to meet the requested quality standards, how to get the vegetables to the market on time and how to get the very best out of their plants. “YBTS was introduced for the purpose of making good expertise and technology available to the farmers who want to improve their living standards. All our activities last year focused on practical technical support for the specific aim of ensuring permanent improvements in the farmers’ livelihood. Examples of things we hope to achieve are empowerment of the farmers’ cooperative, more resilience to enable farmers to cope with the consequences of protracted drought, knowledge management combined with good tools and help in gaining access to the market.” Successes In 2014 just under five thousand farmers benefited from YBTS’s activities, which included digging sixteen wells in West Timor and installing a sevenkilometre pipeline from the wells to the arable land. Now more water is available for irrigation and consumption. Another project involved planting thirteen thousand young trees to make these communities greener. The foundation also arranged the printing of 48 thousand manuals on vegetable cultivation. 33 thousand of those manuals were distributed among farmers, the other 15 thousand are for sale in bookshops. “The foundation constantly makes knowhow available to the millions of vegetable growers in the country. Time and time again we see how better technology and high-quality resources like seed help the farmers increase their income. We are proud and delighted that the Yayasan Bina Tani Sejahtera Foundation is assisting the farmers in their efforts to improve their crops and the quality of their products and to increase the safety of the food they produce.” The Partnership | 23

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